USGA ANNOUNCES OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE 2014 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKETS

 

usga_templatelogoPinehurst Resort & Country Club Hosts Historic Back-to-Back Championships on Course No. 2

 

Far Hills, N.J. (June 14, 2013) – Tickets for the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and scheduled for June 9-22 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2) in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., are now on sale.  

This is the first time the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open Championships will be held in consecutive weeks on the same course. The USGA has conducted both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open previously in the Sandhills of North Carolina. The U.S. Open will be contested on Pinehurst No. 2 for a third time and the first since 2005; the U.S. Women’s Open has been held three times at nearby Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, most recently in 2007.

Another first for next year’s national championships is a Series ticket package option that includes access to VIP parking within walking distance of the course and a total of 14 tickets: one ticket for each day of the U.S. Open Championships (June 9-22).

A variety of additional weekly and daily ticket options for both national championships are available for purchase:

  • Trophy Club tickets: Trophy Club tickets include access to the grounds of Pinehurst No. 2, as well as the Trophy Club, an on-site, air-conditioned pavilion with live U.S. Open television coverage. Enhanced food and beverages may be purchased at an additional charge.
  • Gallery tickets: Gallery tickets provide access to the grounds of Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2) and access to all concession stands throughout the course.
  • Weekly packages: Each ticket type can be purchased as a week-long ticket package. All U.S. Open weekly packages include a playoff ticket for Monday, June 17 (if needed).

All daily tickets and weekly packages purchased include complimentary parking and transportation to and from the parking area and the championship entrance.

With 27 consecutive sellouts for the U.S. Open Championship through 2013, next year’s championships promise to generate strong interest.

Ticket orders will only be accepted on USGA websites at www.usopen.com or www.usga.org/tickets or if received via a mailed application. Questions or a request for a printed application can be directed via e-mail to ticketquestions@usga.org or by calling 1-800-698-0661.

Junior tickets are always available on-site at will call and at all admission gates during the championship. Juniors age 12 and under will be admitted free of charge any day when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Tickets for juniors age 13 to 17 will be available for purchase at a reduced rate. There is a maximum of two junior tickets per one adult ticket holder. Junior tickets permit Trophy Club access only when accompanied by an adult Trophy Club ticket holder.

Tickets will also be available for military personnel. On site during practice round days for the U.S. Open (Monday, June 9 through Wednesday, June 11), active military personnel receive complimentary Gallery tickets and retired personnel can purchase Gallery tickets at a reduced rate of $25 per ticket.

Pinehurst No. 2 has hosted nine USGA championships since 1962. Most recently the famed course was the venue for the 2008 U.S. Amateur, won by Danny Lee. In 2005, Michael Campbell edged Tiger Woods by two strokes to win the U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2. The 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst provided one of the most dramatic finishes in history when Payne Stewart sank an 18-foot putt for par on the 72nd hole to top Phil Mickelson by one stroke.

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.usga_templatelogo

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING COMPLETE FOR 2013 U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN

usga_templatelogoFar Hills, N.J.  – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that 69 women have advanced through sectional qualifying and will compete in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, to be conducted June 27-30 at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

Considered the world’s premier women’s golf championship, the U.S. Women’s Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. It is open to professional female golfers and amateur females with a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 4.4.

Daily tickets and weekly packages are available at various prices. For more information, visit www.2013uswomensopen.com/tickets.php.

The list of Women’s Open qualifiers includes 14 teenagers. Nelly Korda, 14, of Bradenton, Fla., is the championship’s youngest competitor. Korda is the younger sister of exempt player Jessica Korda, the winner of the 2012 Women’s Australian Open and the runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. The Kordas are the daughters of former professional tennis player Petr Korda, who won the 1998 Australian Open.

Mariel Galdiano, 14, of Pearl City, Hawaii, qualified for her second U.S. Women’s Open. Galdiano, who is one month older than Korda and will turn 15 on June 25, competed in the 2011 championship at age 13. Other teenagers to qualify are: Shannon Aubert, 17; Kelli Bowers, 18; Casie Cathrea, 17; Yueer Feng, 17; Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, 15; Erica Herr, 17; Alexandra Kaui, 17; Kyung Kim, 19; Annie Park, 18; Elizabeth Schultz, 16; Mariah Stackhouse, 19; and Gabriella Then, 17. They join the three teenagers who were already fully exempt into the championship: Ariya Jutanugarn, 17; Lydia Ko, 16; and Lexi Thompson, 18.

Five USGA champions advanced through sectional qualifying: Doris Chen (2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior), Tiffany Joh (2006, 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links), Kim (2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links), Jane Park (2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur) and Emily Tubert (2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links).

Chen, Kim and Annie Park are members of the University of Southern California team that won the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship. Park became the seventh freshman to claim the individual title and only the second woman in NCAA history to sweep the conference, regional and national titles. In addition to Park, there are two other USC individual champions in the field: Jennifer Rosales, who qualified in Atlanta, and exempt player Dewi Claire Schreefel.

Other notable players to advance to the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open are past Solheim Cup competitors Laura Diaz, Christina Kim, Kristy McPherson and Janice Moodie, as well as four-time LPGA Tour winner Lorie Kane, who is the championship’s oldest qualifier at age 48.

Four spots reserved for future exemptions have been released back to the qualifying field. Moira Dunn (Heathrow qualifier), Jiyoung Oh (Baltimore qualifier), Brooke Pancake (Atlanta qualifier) and Karen Stupples (Atlanta qualifier) have been added to the Women’s Open field. Additionally, Jimin Kang has withdrawn from the championship and has been replaced by Danah Bordner (Baltimore qualifier).

Eighty-three players are fully exempt into the championship’s 156-player field. Four spots are currently being reserved for any non-exempt players who win an official LPGA Tour event through the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (which ends June 23), the winner of the 2013 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship (provided she remains an amateur) and those who enter the top 25 of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings as of June 24.

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.  The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
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Central Oregon: Eagle Crest Resort–Fine Lodging, Family Fun and Fantastic Golf!!


Jack SeyboldEagle Crest logoCentral Oregon:  A long drive is an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Oregon. West of Interstate 5 you find lush farmland and the spectacular coast, where the golf is world-renowned. On the other hand, you can go east as my wife Sarah and I did, cross the Cascade Mountains, and enjoy scenic vistas, with springtime views of snow-capped peaks, long corridors through dense forests, glimpses of Oregon’s rivers, such as the tumbling Rogue or the brimming McKenzie. The dry volcanic Central Oregon plain presents attractions like the Paulina Mountains, the High Desert Museum, lava rock fields, and golf resorts. For example, from Bend, spang in the middle of the state, just a hop and skip through ranchland and a patchwork of heather-colored vegetation, you arrive at an emerald green jewel, Eagle Crest Resort.

Eagle Crest’s stay-and-play package allows visitors unlimited golf at all three of its courses, on the day of arrival up to the day of departure, including golf cart and use of practice facilities, all starting at $159 per guest ($119 September 22–May 23). Sarah and I chose to sample the resort’s other recreational options on arrival day and enjoy the Resort Course the next day. Next time, I might prefer to play the course twice, convinced that familiarity will lead to a lower score. Besides, some of the holes on the Resort Course were just downright pleasurable to play.

Eagle Crest Resort boasts two more golf courses: the longer, wider Ridge Course, and the aptly named Par-63 Challenge Course. There is a delightful fourth course, the formidable 18-hole putting layout, complete with sand and water features, which can be enjoyed by the whole family – no experience necessary. All the courses were in marvelous springtime condition, the fairways smooth, the greens true-rolling, the rough not too rough.

Recovered811Sarah and I toured the resort’s three sport centers, which include video game rooms and bicycle rentals, indoor and outdoor pools, and courts for basketball and pickleball. And all in one building there are two indoor tennis courts and locker rooms with dry sauna and showers. In addition you can explore miles of bike trails, or hiking paths, or ride horses from the resort’s Ikiutan Stables. Rock climbing at nearby Smith Rock State Park attracts visitors from around the globe.

While Sarah swam in the 25-meter lap pool, I shot some hoops on the basketball court before working out in a well-equipped fitness center overlooking three racquetball courts. At night we enjoyed a soak by moonlight in the Eagle Crest Lodge’s outdoor hot tub and adjacent heated pool. At all of the resort’s facilities, particularly at the golf course, staff personnel were consistently cordial and accommodating.

What a grand surprise, arriving at the second tee at Eagle Crest’s Resort Course. The view from the pro shop, practice facilities and the genial first hole suggested a pleasant, flat park-like course. But from that second-hole tee box, I looked down at a narrow canyon rimmed with lava boulders, juniper and chaparral. A wizened, twisted snag stands sentry with outstretched branches on the left side of the fairway. At the bottom of the canyon the hole doglegs sharply right and demands pinpoint accuracy all the way to the green. It’s a beautiful hole, one of the most challenging and enjoyable I’ve ever encountered. Recovered823

The third hole regains much of the elevation lost on #2. It’s a short, narrow Par 3 that tests one’s precision and club selection. Holes 4 and 5 complete what might be termed the wilderness portion of the course, skirting the high desert landscape of a lava-walled canyon through which flows the Deschutes River. Overshoot the green on #4 and your ball might tumble to a bleak end. The course has a second beginning at #6, a Par-5 intimidating due to its length and its narrow fairway. Trees lurk along the left and strategically placed bunkers on the right. Now you’re back in a park-like setting, with few water features to lure errant balls, but with mature trees lining fairways to protect vacation homes. To score well you must keep the ball in the fairway.

Recovered850Sarah and I finished #16 just outside our suite at the Eagle Crest Lodge, then teed off on #17, another memorable hole, the only one with water on both sides. You must dart your approach between the small pond on the right and the large one on the left, and the green looks slightly bigger than a grand piano.

 Eagle Crest accommodates large groups for conferences in its spacious ballrooms and banquet and meeting facilities. Additional dining is available at the resort. Sarah and I enjoyed our dinner in Niblick and Greene’s Restaurant, which is charmingly golf-themed (Golf aficionados know that niblick is an antique name for a short, lofted iron). The extensive menu, for example, announces “Birdies” (chicken dishes) and “Greenes” (salads).  And the dinner rolls arrive in small plastic range-ball buckets. We enjoyed Caesar salad, coconut shrimp, and Kansas City Steak, and could not pass up a huge “Fabulous Homemade Mud Pie” ice cream dessert. The resort also offers casual fare at two cafés. The Aerie, where we had breakfast, is located in the lodge, while the Silverleaf is a short walk away in the Eagle Crest Village Center.

Central Oregon takes no back seat to the rest of the state for big-name golf courses.  And Eagle Crest Resort holds its place by nature of its accessible cost, variety, and family-centered facilities. The stay-and-play deal is so attractive that I will surely trek to Central Oregon again soon. I am eager to undertake the Resort Course once more, especially to have another go at that superb second hole. Then I’ll try the Ridge Course on departure day.

At a Glance

Unlimited Golf Package

• Play as much as you like every day, including arrival and departure days

• Complimentary cart and practice facilities use

• Access to all resort facilities

• From $159 per guest ($119 September 22 – May 23)

• Based on double occupancy, hotel rooms with 1 king or two queen beds

Dining Options     

Niblick & Greene’s at Eagle Crest Resort

• Aerie Café at Eagle Crest Lodge

• Silverleaf Café at Eagle Crest Village Center

• In Redmond, 6 miles from Eagle Crest:

One Street Down Café, Diego’s Spirited Kitchen, The Original Pancake House, Brickhouse Steak and Seafood,

Mi Cielo Mexican Restaurant, Madeline’s Grill and Steak House

Contact Info:

Eagle Crest Resort
1522 Cline Falls Road
Redmond, OR 97756

Pro Shop
(541) 923-4653

Reservations:
(855) 682-4786

http://www.eagle-crest.com/golf/