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On 6/4/2021 at 2:11 PM, BNGL said:

I stand corrected, but point still remains it has been done before and to my recollection there was never really any coverage of actual golf being played aside from maybe a couple of tee shots or holed putts or some B roll footage of guys on the range. 

Right, I'm not expecting a ton of real golf, but I do remember them having some live coverage of some guys finishing up and maybe a playoff or two.

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On 5/12/2021 at 3:46 PM, 3whacker said:

its amazing and also brutal to see what the USGA is capable of when they come on property and take over for a sectional or sometimes even a local qualifying site, its like they shut the water supply off and lock up the mowers except to vertical cut the greens....I have seen them make some courses brutal


No joke.  
 

First - good luck to anyone here who’s going to give it a go.  May the golf gods be with you!

 

I made it to second stage once and it was one of the toughest setups I’ve encountered.  Not as tough as the US Am but really, really hard.  
 

If you haven’t played a USGA competition  set up, you can appreciate it looks hard but you truly can’t appreciate just how insanely difficult those courses actually are.  Penalizing doesn’t even begin to describe it. Brutal.  

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On 5/15/2021 at 8:22 AM, golfandfishing said:

The state golf associations set up the courses for the local qualifiers.  The USGA isn’t sending a set up team to 100+ local qualifying sites. The state golf association will give some guidance on rough, green speeds, etc but it’s largely up to the host club and superintendent until the state GA arrives and marks tees and hole locations, usually a day maybe two in advance. The reason they continually go back to the same host sites for the most part is they know and trust the host club to set it up. The USGA isn’t at each local host club growing rough, dictating irrigation, etc.  In most areas of the country the superintendents at facilities that operate at that level can show off in the spring - they can grow beautiful rough, have firm and green fairways and control green speeds at their whim, it’s prime growing season and those guys can show off their skills. 

 

Exactly. My course has had local qualifying twice in the last 4 years and the USGA had nothing to do with the setup. And the course was set up really fair. Nothing crazy and far from brutal. 

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After the first 9 - Rickie T47 with a +1. Just from eyeballing it, looks like he played the toughest nine hole segment (back nine at Brookside). I think overall I saw that Lakes was playing a full three shots better. Looks like the rest of the regular PGA tour players are still in the hunt too, no one really bombed the first nine.

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8 hours ago, golfortennis said:

 

That looks nasty, but does anyone feel bad for a guy named Quade?  

 

 

 

He made it to the final round of U.S. Open qualifying and his team was runner-up in the NCAA championship.

 

Better than someone named "golfortennis" ...

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On 5/18/2021 at 12:19 PM, JeffreySpicoli said:


Doesn’t the current handicap system account for course difficulty?
 

Or do you use some handicap system that ignores course rating and slope rating? If so, what system are you using that only calculates via average score?

I would guess that most public courses either have an outdated rating or aren't really rated properly. That can go both ways also. I'm not sure what "they" value most when assessing course difficulty, but I've played courses with a lot of forced carries off the tee and on approach shots that are nightmares for most average golfers that were rated fairly benignly considering

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11 minutes ago, MUNIGRIT said:

Did Rickie make it? I'm thinking no by my gut but haven't seen anything on him.

 

He's not done yet - rain delayed play in Columbus so they didn't finish today.  He's -3 with 5 holes to play tomorrow morning.  Probably needs to go 3 under over those 5 holes to have a chance.

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7 minutes ago, OrangeGravy said:

How do they determine which sites the tour pros end up at? Do they purposefully lump a lot of them together? Seems like they'd spread out if they had any choice so they wouldn't be eating each other up

 The USGA usually gives the pros the Columbus, Ohio sectional qualifiers. Mainly because its right after Ohio tournament and they are already there. I get what your saying, but I think the USGA wants it to be fair to the normal joes who made it out of locals. Don't want every qualifier sending 3 guys who were see on TV. (Branden Grace, Keegan Bradley etc)

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11 minutes ago, LimaSierra said:

 The USGA usually gives the pros the Columbus, Ohio sectional qualifiers. Mainly because its right after Ohio tournament and they are already there. I get what your saying, but I think the USGA wants it to be fair to the normal joes who made it out of locals. Don't want every qualifier sending 3 guys who were see on TV. (Branden Grace, Keegan Bradley etc)

That's what I figured. 

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54 minutes ago, grm24 said:

Players get to choose what US Open qualifier site they want to play out of. Branden Grace flew back to Florida from Columbus for his US Open qualifier which was played at his home course.

So they're choosing convenience over picking sites that might afford them a greater chance at qualifying then. I would expect at least a few of them to spread out and try take down the potentially weaker fields at some locations. Although it might be better to choose the locations that grant the most spots

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