A field of 72 golfers will compete on Thursday, May 8 at the Huntsville Golf Club, Shavertown, for an opportunity to play in this year’s U.S. Open. Forty three amateurs and 29 professionals will tee it up beginning at 8:30 a.m. for an 18-hole shootout for one of four spots to advance out of the local qualifier and an ultimate spot in the 2014 U.S. Open Championship. Huntsville Golf Club will be hosting a US Open qualifying tournament for the fifth time according to Jeff Ranck of Lewisburg, the USGA Official in charge. They last hosted the Open Local in 2011.
Local golfers who will be participating in the quaifier are: Michael Thomas, of Scott Township; Anthony Sebastianelli, Christopher Mathews, and Eddie Karpovich, all of Clarks Summit; and Terry Hurst Jr., of South Abington Township.
The 2014 U.S. Open will be played on June 12-15 at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club No 2 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The USGA accepted more than 10,127 entries, a record number, for this year’s open. Among the record total are 51 players, including 12 past champions, who are currently fully exempt into the field. To be eligible, a player must have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional. Huntsville is one of 111 local qualifying sites in the United States, which will be played over 18 holes between May 2-19. Those players advancing out of local qualifying will move on to one of 13 sectional sites. Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, will be conducted on Monday, May 26 at two international sites (Japan and England) and on Monday, June 2, at 10 sites in the United States, ranging from New York to California. This will be the 10th year with two international qualifiers, which were established in 2005, the last time the U.S. Open was contested at Pinehurst No. 2. Eleven in the U.S, one in England and one in Japan. International sectional qualifiers are played on May 27 and the US Sectionals are on June 3rd. Sectional qualifying consists of 36 holes in one day.
The 7,200 yard long par-72 Huntsville Golf Club was designed by Rees Jones and opened in 1995 and has hosted the Pennsylvania Senior Better Ball Championship, Pennsylvania Mid-Amateur Championship and the Pennsylvania Senior Amateur Championship. Golf Digest Magazine ranks Huntsville fifth among golf courses in Pennsylvania.
Spectators are welcome. Here’s a list of all golfers from the Wyoming Valley and surrounding areas vying for a chance to reach the 2014 U.S. Open.
Pairing and Starting Time:
8:52 a.m. — Austin Smith, Dallas, Pa. ; Michael Molino, Shavertown, Pa.
9:03 a.m. — Andrew Golden, Dupont, Pa. ; Patrick Ross, Dunmore, Pa.
9:14 a.m. — Michael Thomas, Scott Township, Pa. ; Bill Dombroski, Mountain Top, Pa.
9:25 a.m. — Chris Banyas, Berwick, Pa.
9:36 a.m. — Kevin Rossi, Scranton, Pa.
9:47 a.m. — John Roche, Moosic, Pa.
9:58 a.m. — A. J. Donatoni, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
10:09 a.m. — Jason Troutman, Danville, Pa. ; Tyler Brewington, Red Bank, N.J.
10:20 a.m. — Chase Makowski, Dallas, Pa.
10:31 a.m. — Anthony Sebastianelli, Clarks Summit, Pa. ; Christopher Mathews, Clarks Summit, Pa.
10:53 a.m. — Joseph Hurn, Mountain Top, Pa. ; John Dougherty, Dallas, Pa.
11:04 a.m. — Corey Palma, Old Forge, Pa
11:15 a.m. — Bill Smith, Hazleton, Pa.
11:26 a.m. — Eric Williams, Honesdale, Pa. ; Gregory Pieczynski, Kingston, Pa.
11:37 a.m. — Eddie Karpovich, Clarks Summit, Pa.
11:59 a.m. — Terry Hurst Jr., S. Abington Township, Pa.
12:32 p.m. — Mariano Medico, Shavertown, Pa.
12:43 p.m. — Nicholas Johnson, Moosic, Pa.
12:54 p.m. — Tom Cicini, Berwick, Pa.