Posted by: John K. Abendroth, PGA
Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 6:57 PM
The U.S. Open is truely Open.
By. John K. Abendroth, PGA
When you hear the term "Open" as part of teh title of the U.S. Open Golf Championship it is truely Open. With only 53 players currently fully exempt the field of 156 will be filled from the 9006 entires.
Players will begin with one-round qualifying events where less than 10% of the players will advance to the 36-hole event the week of June 4th across the country. For tour players and a few others, they are exempt from the first stage. The second stage number of players will vary by the quality of the field at each location.
Every year there are fun stories and 2012 is no different. John Burkle is a caddy at the Olympic Club who has played professional golf at different levels, he will give it a try. Billy Casper's grandson is trying. Another great story is Steve Molinelli, who is a recent club champion at The Olympic Club and caddied for Colt Knost when he won the U.S. Amateur at Olympic in 2007. Steve is very active as a board member of The First Tee of San Francisco as well as other charitable organizations and the Father of two children.
One other great story includes Mick Soli and Patrick Soli. They are Father and Son and both Mick a former PGA-Tour player and his son Patrick who is a junior member at The Olympic Club are playing in the same field trying to qualify at Ruby Hills in Livermore Ca...imagine if they were in a playoff for the final spot.
Not too many of the great stories will make it to the final 36-holes in June, but there will be good stories at the U.S. Open Golf Championship just like when qualifyier Jack Fleck made it to the field and ended up beating Ben Hogan in a playoff to win the championship. It's an Open and it will be great.