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USGA unveils U.S. Open sectional qualifying sites

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The USGA has formally laid out the path to Oakmont, unveiling a series of 12 sectional qualifying sites for players seeking a spot in the 2016 U.S. Open.

While local qualifying will begin May 5 across 111 national sites, sectional qualifying will kick off with international sites for the 12th straight year. Qualifiers in both Japan and England will precede a set of 10 domestic qualifiers, all of which will be held on June 6.

Players have the option to submit qualifier site preferences on their applications, and number of spots available at each site will depend on field strength. Two of the largest qualifiers are typically in Columbus, Ohio, held just down the road from the Memorial Tournament which concludes June 5, and Memphis, Tenn., held near the site of the FedEx St. Jude Classic which begins June 9.

Here is a look at the full list of sectional qualifiers:

May 23

Higashi Hirono Golf Club, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

May 30

Walton Heath Golf Club, Surrey, England

June 6

Lake Merced Golf Club and The Olympic Club (Ocean Course), San Francisco, Calif.

Timuquana Country Club, Jacksonville, Fla.

Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course), Roswell, Ga.

Woodmont Country Club (North Course), Rockville, Md.

Canoe Brook Country Club (North and South Courses), Summit, N.J.

Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club and Wedgewood Golf and Country Club, Columbus, Ohio

Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ohio

Germantown Country Club and Ridgeway Country Club, Memphis, Tenn.

Lakeside Country Club, Houston, Texas

Royal Oaks Country Club, Vancouver, Wash.

Registration for the U.S. Open is open to all professional golfers and any amateurs with a USGA handicap index of 1.4 or better. Online registration will remain open through 5 p.m. ET on April 27.

The U.S. Open will be held June 16-19 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club in Pittsburgh.