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Lots of hopefuls out there trying to qualify for this year's US Open at Shinnecock Hills over the next two and a half weeks. Looking at the qualifying sites there are some with really low entries (Las Cruces, NM - 26 for 2 spots) and some have a ton of players (Cincinnati, OH - 168 for 10 spots). If you're picking a spot to qualify (for the US Open or any tournament requiring a qualifier) what are you looking for? Would you look for a site near home so you can get in as many practice rounds as possible, a location with a lot of spots available or a field as small as possible? Seems like there would be a way to maximize your odds (other than playing really well) but I seem to have over analyzed it and can't figure it out.

There's definitely something more important that I should be doing.
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Assuming the schedules are the same as previous years, I'd stay as far away from the Cincy one as possible. Normally half the field at the Memorial ends up driving down to play in that Sectional.

 

^ yes "half the field" is an exageration but its still a lot of players.

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My son played on a US Open Qualifier last year at Fountaingrove in Santa Rosa, unfortunately the club house burned down during the Santa Rosa fire, beautiful place. Anyway, those greens were lightening fast. 40% of the field WD that day. The qualifiers shot 72, even par. No one broke par.

 

They are not as strict now but it used to be if you don't hit with 8 strokes of course rating you would receive the death letter. Saying that you have 1 year to prove with genuine tournament scores that you are truly a 1 handicap or you would be banned for life form the US Open. Last year my son's friend shot a 95 at Ruby Hill, I don't know what he was thinking, all the damage was in the back nine. I think the ban now is 3 years which for boys heading to college next year is a pretty big blow, not being able to play even a qualifier while your other teammates do.

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