For the first time, the tournament is open globally to male amateurs with a USGA handicap index of 3.4 or better. However, the qualifying sites are within 14 southern states that have been traditionally served by the Southern Golf Association. Roughly 100 spots in the 156-player field will be assigned to the local qualifying events.
Entry forms and additional information may be obtained on the SGA's website, www.sgagolf.com or by calling SGA headquarters in Birmingham at 800-783-4446.
Qualifying sites and dates:
Alabama -- Limestone Springs, Oneonta, June 2.
Arkansas -- Greystone C.C., Little Rock, June 2.
Florida -- Mayacoo Lakes C.C., West Palm Beach, June 3; Lake Nona G.C., Orlando, June 9.
Georgia -- Savannah G.C., Savannah, June 23; Chateau Elan G.C., Braselton, June 17.
Kentucky -- Madisonville C.C., Madisonville, June 18.
Louisiana -- StoneBridge, Bossier City, June 9.
Mississippi -- Colonial C.C., Canton, June 19.
North Carolina -- C.C. of North Carolina, Pinehurst, June 11.
Oklahoma -- Oak Tree C.C., Edmond, May 29.
South Carolina -- Bay Tree Plantation, N. Myrtle Beach, June 16.
Tennessee -- Holston Hills, Knoxville, June 6; Colonial C.C., Cordova, June 4.
Texas -- Gentle Creek G.C., Dallas, June 17; Lakeside C.C., Houston, June 12; Woodlake C.C., San Antonio, June 18.
Virginia -- C.C. of Virginia, Richmond, June 2; The Homestead, July 14. (Note: this site is provided primarily for those outside the 14-state SGA area.)
The Association also announced that William C. (Bill) Campbell has been selected for induction into the Southern Golf Association's Hall of Fame. Campbell, a former U.S. Amateur champ who has headed both the United States Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient, will be inducted at the SGA's 97th Southern Amateur Championship in July at The Homestead in Virginia.
Campbell, a 79-year-old Huntington, W.V., insurance broker, will become only the 20th member so honored by the century-old amateur golf organization. Past inductees include such amateur golf giants as Bobby Jones, Billy Joe Patton, Charles Yates and Vinny Giles.