Palm Springs area golf proves perfect mix of courses and weather for USGA qualifiers -

Palm Springs area golf proves perfect mix of courses and weather for USGA qualifiers

Qualifying rounds of golf were underway for U.S. Open hopefuls at Andalusia Country Club in La Quinta, Calif., on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

It’s easy to think that entering a U.S. Open local qualifying tournament for most golfers is nothing but a pipedream, a one-in-a-million chance at playing in one of men’s golfs four major championships. Or maybe it’s just something you can tell your friends about years later, that you were playing to reach the U.S. Open.

But this is Southern California, and things are a little different in terms of the caliber of players in the qualifiers.

“The caliber here is extremely strong, and that’s just proven with Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Beau Hossler (all PGA Tour members from Southern California). You have Joe Highsmith here today, I know he’s a Washington guy, but he’s a Pepperdine guy,” said Jimmy Becker, assistant director, championships and golf operations for the Southern California Golf Association and the SCGA official overseeing two of the five local qualifiers in the Coachella Valley this week.

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About 450 golfers will compete in the desert this week and next week trying to catch lightning and advance out of the five regionals to a sectional championship, the next step toward playing in the U.S. Open in June. Only 25 of those golfers will make it to the next stage, five from each of the five local qualifiers, which generally feature about 80 to 90 players each.

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