A number of upcoming tournaments or events are requiring registration that’s due soon.
Those interested in attempting to qualify for the biggest of them all, the US Open, must get their entries in to the US Golf Association by 5 p.m. next Wednesday.
For the first time since 1981, this year’s US Open is at Merion Golf Club, located in Ardmore, Pa., near Philadelphia. Three local qualifiers will be held: May 8 at Crumpin-Fox Club, May 9 at Pinehills Golf Club, and May 13 at Rhode Island Country Club. Sectional qualifying is scheduled for June 3.
There is no age limit, but there is a GHIN handicap limit of 1.4. Applications can only be submitted online, and the 5 p.m. deadline next Wednesday is firm. To sign up, visit www.usga.org.
Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday from those hoping to qualify for this year’s Massachusetts Open, which is June 11-13 at Woodland Golf Club. The tournament is open to anyone with a handicap index of 2.4 or better, and the entry fee is $150 for amateurs, $275 for professionals. Last year’s champion, Michael Welch of Quincy, earned $15,000 for the win. There are six qualifiers, starting May 8 at Indian Ridge Country Club. To enter, visit www.mgalinks.org.
April 30 is the deadline to register for the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, with national finalists competing at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before next year’s Masters. Open to junior golfers ages 7-15, the competition will include 11 local qualifying sites in New England, plus a regional qualifier at Pinehills Golf Club. To register, visit www.drivechipandputt.com.
Back at it
Most of the other major professional tours cleared the stage for the Masters (there was a Web.com Tour event), but most are back in action this week. The Web.com is not, but the Champions, LPGA, and European tours all have tournaments scheduled. With the Champions Tour playing near Atlanta in a new tournament (venue is the TPC Sugarloaf, where the PGA Tour’s BellSouth Classic was played for a number of years), it was an easy drive for Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Mark O’Meara, Craig Stadler, and Tom Watson, since all of them played in the Masters a few hours down the road in Augusta . . . The Web.com Tour will also drop anchor in Georgia for the next two weeks, starting next week in Valdosta, followed by the week after in Athens . . . The LPGA Tour’s Lotte Championship actually started Wednesday in Oahu, Hawaii. The 72-hole tournament will conclude on Saturday.
Sean McTernan from Brae Burn Country Club won the New England PGA Assistants Association Spring Series event at the Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville. McTernan shot a 3-under-par 69 and finished with 44 points, edging Matthew Baran (72, 41 points) from the host club . . . In the first local event of the season for the Tour of Greater Boston, Michael Landry from North Attleborough shot a 76 at the Ridge Club to win low gross. Adam Whitfield of Melrose had a 70 to take low net . . . The sixth annual “Tame the Tigers” fund-raising event is scheduled for May 13 at the International in Bolton. Benefiting Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic, the tournament is hosted by WEEI radio personality John Dennis, and has raised more than $365,000 in its first five years. Once again, teams will be playing a bramble format, and foursomes will be paired with a New England PGA professional. The Tiger tees at the International’s Pines Course measure 8,325 yards, creating one of the longest and most difficult courses in the United States. Entry fee is $500 per player, and includes golf, meals, and prizes. To sign up, call Jimmy Fund Golf at 1-866-521-4653or visit www.tamethetigers.org . . . Atlantic Country Club, a public course in Plymouth, is offering a spring special on Thursday and Friday: cart included, you can play as many holes as you’d like for $49. For information, call 508-759-6644 . . . Captains Golf Course in Brewster will offer an open house on April 27 from noon-3 p.m. Free clinics, free range balls, and reduced pro shop merchandise will be offered, as well as a putting contest and raffle. For more information, call 508-896-1716or visit www.captainsgolfcourse.com.