The road to Brookline begins on Wednesday, when the US Golf Association begins accepting online US Open qualifier applications through its website, champs.usga.org. Registration lasts until April 13 and to be eligible, golfers must have a handicap no greater than 1.4 or be a professional.

At last summer’s US Open in Torrey Pines, 68 of 156 golfers made their way onto the course via qualifying, with the remaining 88 earning byes. The USGA received 9,069 registrations last year, with a record of 10,127 set in 2014.

Last week, the USGA announced 109 venues to host the local qualifiers, which will take place from April 25 to May 23. Four local qualifiers will take place in New England:

▪ May 2 at Foxborough Country Club and Wee Burn Country Club in Darien, Connecticut.

▪ May 9 at Oxford Greens Golf Club in Oxford, Connecticut.

▪ May 17 at the Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown.

California will host 14 qualifiers and Florida will host 13. Qualifiers will also take place at Caledonian Golf Club in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, and RattleSnake Point Golf Club in Milton, Ontario.

The USGA will then hold a final 36-hole qualifier at 11 venues – nine in the United States and one in Japan and Canada – between May 23 and June 6. The closest final qualifying point to New England is the June 6 event in Purchase, NY, at Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club.

Only twice in the first 121 years of the championship has the champion passed the local and final qualifiers: Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969).

Parziale, Massachusetts amateur champion in 2017, has appeared in two US Opens. His victory at the 2017 Mid-Amateur Championship earned him a bye to the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills, where he finished tied for 48th and shared bottom-amateur honors. Parziale then qualified for the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach, where he was unsuccessful.

Parziale also played at the 2018 Masters, and he hopes to work his way to his fourth career major this spring.

“It’s never enough,” Parziale said of playing in the majors. “I love competing at the highest level possible, and [US Open qualifying] is a chance every year to make it on one of golf’s biggest stages.

Parziale, a former firefighter from Brockton who now works as a risk advisor at an insurance company in Wellesley, said he plans to play in the local qualifier at Taconic, and if he advances, the final qualifier in New York. . But after failing to make it through the local qualifiers last year, Parziale knows not to think about Brookline just yet.

“To get to the US Open, you need a lot of luck, a lot of preparation,” he said. “If I start getting ahead now, it’s not a good thing. I just want to prepare and hope to be lucky that day and be as good as I can.

June’s championship will mark the fourth time the US Open has been held at the Country Club, one of the five founding members of the USGA. The previous three Opens, in 1913, 1963 and 1988, were all decided in the playoffs.

The 122nd US Open will also be the 17th USGA championship held at the Country Club, and the first since the 2013 US Amateur.


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