The road to the U.S. Open will begin in Naples for some PGA hopefuls.
Pelican Marsh Golf Club is one of the 112 sites designated by the PGA as a local qualifier for the 2018 U.S. Open, which will be played at Shinnecock Hills in New York from June 14-17.
The Pelican Marsh qualifier will be held on May 14, and feeds into the sectional round for the top players. Those seeking U.S. Open dreams will play 18 holes, with the exact number of advancement determined by the final field size, most of the local qualifying events that have already been held have advanced between three and eight players to sectionals.
“With our recently completed renovation in 2016, the golf course is in excellent condition and will provide the players with a fair but challenging test. The tif-eagle undulating Bermuda greens are some of the best putting surfaces in Southwest Florida and will be firm and fast for the competition,” says Phil Pellerito, Pelican Marsh’s Director of Golf.
Jupiter’s The Bear’s Club hosts the nearest sectional on June 4, one of 12 sectional tournaments in the U.S., where players will have to complete 36 holes in one day and best the field to earn their spot at Shinnecock.
The USGA says that it received 9,049 entries for the U.S. Open, most of them will be working their way up the ladder, starting with the local qualifying events.
Last year, four players and two alternates earned their way to the sectionals at a local qualifier at Bear’s Paw County Club in Naples, led by Cape Coral’s Connor Arendell who shot a 69.
© 2018 Lee Herald. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.