The Newnan Times-Herald


Locals to compete in U.S. Open qualifier at Summer Grove

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • May. 07, 2017 - 5:27 AM

Summer Grove Golf Club in Newnan will host 132 amateur and professional golfers  – including five local residents – on Monday in an 18-hole qualifier for the U.S. Open.

Amateurs Dustin Alley, Jason Henry, Carson Vaughn, and Carson Whitton, along with professional Wesley Yates, are in the tournament field. All are Newnan residents.

Henry and Vaughn will be paired together and begin their quest to qualify with an 8:30 a.m. tee time on the 10th hole.

Vaughn will also begin his round on the 10th hole, and will start his round at 8:40. Whitton tees off on the first hole at 10 a.m.

Yates in the only professional among the local players. He tees off at 2:10 p.m. on the 10th hole.

It’s the second U.S. Open qualifier for the par-72, 6,917-yard Summer Grove course, which hosted its first qualifier in 2012.

The layout at Summer Grove has four par-5 holes and four par-3 holes with the rest par-4 holes.

The long hole on the Summer Grove course is the Par-5 555-yard, eighth hole.

Summer Grove’s shortest hole is the 186-yard, par-3 fourth hole.

Monday is the first of two qualifiers for the U.S. Open in Georgia. The second will be played May 15 at the Stone Mountain Golf Club.

The top eight finishers and two alternates from each qualifier will move on to sectional qualifiers later this year, with hopes of gaining a spot in the 117th annual U.S. Open Tournament.

This year’s U.S. Open will be played at the Erin Hill Golf Club in Erin, Wis. from June 15-18.

Qualifiers are open to professionals and amateurs with USGA Handicap Indexes not exceeding 1.4. The U.S. Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association.