Scouting US Open Qualifier Locations


DUBLIN, Ohio – Normally a Tour locker room goes ghost town after Friday’s cut, what with half the field headed home or the next tournament. The Memorial is different, however, because many in the field must hang around for Monday’s 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier.
John Mallinger, who missed the cut by a stroke with rounds of 75-74, was working on his putting adjacent the Muirfield Village clubhouse Saturday afternoon. He’d already scouted out the two Open qualifiers (Brookside Golf & Country Club and The Lakes) and was trying to stay sharp for Monday.
“Brookside is a good old classic club,” Mallinger said. “The Lakes is OK.”
Some pros are lamenting the loss of Scioto Country Club from the qualifier’s rotation. The Donald Ross gem recently underwent a Jack Nicklaus makeover and “Shag Bag” slipped across town earlier this week for a peek.
Club officials are doggedly trying to land a major event, with a PGA Championship atop the wish list. 2014 is the next open date for a PGA, but club officials would like to host the 2016 event to coincide with the club’s 100-year anniversary.