Road to U.S. Open to start at Country Club of York

Steve Heiser
  • A local qualifier for the U.S. Open will be held at Country Club of York on Thursday, May 11.
  • There will be 91 players competing. The top five will advance to sectional qualifying.
  • Among the local players competing will be Joe Parrini, Andrew Forjan, Gus Minkin and Blake Sebring.

For 91 standout golfers, the road to the 2017 U.S. Open will go through the Country Club of York.

The course designed by legendary architect Donald Ross will play host to a U.S. Open local qualifier on Thursday, May 11.

The top five players from that event will advance to one of 12 sectional qualifiers, which is the final round of qualification for the U.S. Open, set for June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. Two alternates for the next round of qualifying will also be determined at CCY.

In all, 9,485 entries have been accepted for the premier event on the United States Golf Association calendar.

Central York High School graduate Gus Minkin, who is a member of the University of Minnesota golf team, will compete in a U.S. Open local qualifier at the Country Club of York on Thursday, May 11.

Just having your entry accepted by the USGA is not easy. Players must have a USGA Handicap Index of 1.4 or less.

CCY is no stranger to USGA competition. The club also played host to the U.S. Junior Amateur in 1999.

Local amateurs: The field at CCY will include several young amateurs who are well known on the local golf scene.

They include:

►Central York’s Joe Parrini, who has already committed to play on the NCAA Division I level at the University of Arizona. Parrini, who has one more year of eligibility at Central, is the 2014 CCY champion and also owns two District 3 individual titles, in Class 3-A in 2016 with Central and in Class 2-A in 2014 with York Catholic.

Central York's Joe Parrini verbally commits to Arizona

►Central York grad Gus Minkin, who is a current member of the D-I University of Minnesota golf team. Minkin captured the District 3 3-A crown in 2015.

►York Catholic’s Andrew Forjan, who is also slated to play D-I golf next season for Rider University in New Jersey. Forjan took second in the District 3 2-A event in 2015 and helped the Irish win the District 3 2-A team title in 2014.

►Dallastown's Blake Sebring, who qualified for the PIAA Individual Championships in 2016 as a senior. He finished tied for 10th at the 2016 District 3 3-A Championship.

►Tyler Newton and Morgan Uhlick, who are both members of the D-III York College golf team. Newton led the Spartans with a 76.64 average this season, while Uhlick was second at 77.26. Newton is a sophomore and Uhlick is a freshman.

Professionals: In addition, there are a number of professionals slated to compete, including:

►David Denlinger, the 2015 Lanco Golfer of the Year and a Latino America Tour Player.

►Jarred Texter, the 2011 York Open champion and a past U.S. Open Qualifier medalist.

►Vince Covello, a Tour player.

►Hugo Leon, a former Tour player from Chile.

►Brett Melton, the 2016 Indiana PGA Player of the Year.

►Michael Tobiason, a 2012 Big Break contestant on the Golf Channel and a 2011 U.S. Open contestant.

►Cole Wilcox, a Latino America Tour player.

Event details: Spectators are encouraged for the CCY event, which will have a hospitality area on the front corner of the upper terrace overlooking the 18th green beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The first tee time on Thursday is 7:30 a.m. and play is expected to continue through approximately 5 p.m.

The rain date, if needed, is Friday, May 12. Players are slated for practice activities at CCY on Wednesday, May 10.

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For live scoring for the qualifier, click here:



Golf lesson marathon set for Saturday: Nate Blanchette, a local Professional Golf Association pro, will hold a golf lesson marathon on Saturday, May 6, at Cool Creek Golf Club to support the York County Junior Golf Association

All proceeds will be donated to the YCJGA scholarship program.

Blanchette will provide instruction starting at 6:30 a.m. and possibly extending to 8 p.m.

There are still some spots open. To reserve a spot, contact Blanchette at or at (717) 252-3691, ext. 106.

Lessons can be reserved in 15-minute increments at a price of $1 per minute.

Golfers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Representatives from the YCJGA will be present to hand out information on their program.

Lankfords win Briarwood event: Scott Lankford and Denny Lankford combined to win the Briarwood East Two-Man Scramble Senior Series recently with a 63.

Bill Brenner and Scott Knouse were second at 64, while Tim Thoman and Bob Meckley were third at 65.

Chris Grove and Brad Smith won the net division at 59 2/3. Tying for second at 61 2/3 were Daryl Yoder/John Obert and Jeff Amrhein/Ric Waldt.

Ace at Springwood: James A. Coble had a hole-in-one on Wednesday at Springwood Golf Course.

Coble used a 4-hybrid to ace the 140-yard third hole into a stiff wind. Gary Werner witnessed the ace.

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