Parrini's U.S. Open quest to continue at Maryland site


Central York standout golfer Joe Parrini will continue his quest to qualify for the U.S. Open on June 5 during a sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland.

Central York's Joe Parrini is hoping to qualify for the U.S. Open.

Parrini, who will be a senior in the fall, will compete in 36 holes of stroke play during that day with a chance for a spot in the Open on the line. Players are ultimately vying for a berth during the 2017 Open June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

The United States Open golf tournament is often referred to as the toughest test in the sport.

Presented by the United States Golf Association, the beauty of the event is that it gives everyone a chance to compete against the world’s best, regardless of professional or amateur status.

Before getting there, however, hopefuls must first pass two smaller tests, beginning with local qualifying. Parrini aced the first test by tying for medalist honors, firing a 1-under-par 69 on May 11 at Country Club of York.

Parrini emerged from a field of 91 golfers that day, when five spots in the sectional round were on the line at CCY. The field May 11 also included five other current or former York-Adams League players and a pair of York College golfers, as well as a host of professional and Tour players.

The sectional round is stroke play, with the number of players who will advance to be determined by field size. The sectional round field is comprised of local qualifiers, those who were exempt from local qualifying as well as current touring professionals.

Those who make it through sectional qualifying join the final field for the U.S. Open, along with all the golfers who were exempt from any qualifying, to complete the field of 156.