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For the fifth time since Huntsville Golf Club opened in 1994, it will host a qualifier for the 2014 U.S. Open Championship. The Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 8 at the club in Shavertown, the United States Golf Association announced on Wednesday.

Huntsville is one of 111 sites around the country, Japan and England to host as thousands of golfers from around the world will try to become the next champion of the coveted U.S. Open, which will be held June 12-15 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C.

The players who advance out of the qualifiers, will then compete in sectional qualifying, which will be held at 10 sites across the country on June 2.

The course in the Back Mountain previously held a qualifier in 1999, 2007, 2009 and 2011. In the past it has been loaded with local golfers trying to make noise and advance to the next round in an attempt to reach the prestige U.S. Open. this year, it will be one of just four qualifiers in Pennsylvania. The other hosts are in Hollidaysburg, Harrisburg and McMurray.

The last time the qualifier was held at Huntsville, notables who participated were Pittston Area grad and current Temple golfer Brandon Matthews, Tunkhannock grad Dakota Brown, Wyoming Valley West and Penn State alum Greg Pieczynski, and many locals who are seen playing in local amateur tournaments every year.

To be eligible for the qualifier, a golfer must have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional. Online player registration begins the first week of March at https://champs.usga.org/index.html.

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