Date:               July 9, 2019

To:                   U.S. Amateur Qualifying Contestants

From:              Brent Whittaker, OGA Director of Tournament Operations

Subject:           United States Amateur Qualifying



2019 U.S. Amateur Qualifying – Woodburn, Ore

OGA Golf Course

Woodburn, Ore

Monday, July 22, 2019


Welcome to the 2019 United States Amateur Qualifying!


Enclosed you will find your pairing and starting times for the 36-hole competition on Monday, July 22, 2019.


There are 72 players at the Woodburn, Ore site competing for two (2) spots into the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Village of Pinehurst, N.C., August 12 – 18, 2019.  In the event of a tie for the final qualifying spot or any alternate positions, a sudden-death playoff will commence immediately following the return and verification of all scores.


Additional player information:

Starting Times: Click Here


USGA Local Rules and Conditions of Competition: Click Here


Groove Rule: In Sectional Qualifying as well as in the Championship proper, the player’s clubs must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Equipment Rules effective from 1 January 2010. The Local Rule is available for review on the entry application and applies to all fairway woods, hybrids, irons and wedges.

The USGA and The R&A have created a reference resource called the Informational Club Database to assist golfers in determining whether their irons, wedges, hybrids and fairway woods comply with the Equipment Rules effective from 1 January 2010 and are permissible for play under the groove and punch mark Local Rule, which is in effect for all USGA Amateur Championships. For information about and to access the database, please use the following link: Additionally, for other information regarding the groove and punch mark Local Rule, please use the following link: Finally, for information regarding the conformance status of clubs not listed or for any other questions regarding the Local Rule, please contact the USGA Equipment Standards at (908) 234- 2300.

Player Club Testing is available for all USGA Amateur Championships. Please use the following link: for more information.

The USGA strongly suggests that all players verify the conformance of their clubs well in advance of their scheduled qualifying competition. It is the player’s responsibility, not the USGA’s responsibility to ensure that his or her clubs conform. Waiting until the day of the competition is the fault of the player. The Committee is under no obligation to test the club the competitor may play. However, if it is later determined that the club is non-conforming, including after the competition has closed, the player will be disqualified if the player made a stroke with it.


Pace of Play: It is a condition that the player must play without undue delay and within the guidelines established by the Committee.

Click Here for pace of play guidelines, will also be available at the 1st & 10th tee.


Footwear: Rule 4.3 is modified in this way: During a round, a player must not wear shoes with traditionally-designed spikes (regardless of composition, i.e., ceramic, plastic, etc.) or spikes, of any design, comprised either entirely or partially of metal (if such metal may come in contact with the course).  Penalty for breach of this Local Rule: See Rule 4.3. 


Drivers/Golf Balls: The Local Rule for Conforming Driver Heads is in effect, See Model Local Rule G-1. The Local Rule requiring that all golf balls used be on the List of Conforming Golf Balls is in effect. See Model Local Rule G-3. Please check the USGA website,, for a list of approved golf balls and drivers. The “One Ball Rule” is in effect.  See Model Local Rule G-4. 


Time of Starting/ Official Time: A player is deemed to be at the starting area when they are within the roped off area.  If a site requires different conditions, the starting area will be defined in the Notice to Players.  If a player has previously checked in with the starter, he is still required to be at the starting area at the starting time scheduled by the Committee.  The Official Time is defined by the clock located at the tee where a player is scheduled to begin the stipulated round. 


Scoring Area: A player has deemed to have officially returned his/her score card when he/she leaves the scoring area. The scoring area is defined by ropes, stanchions, a taped off area or in their absence, the outside edge of the scoring tent. If a site requires different conditions, the scoring area will be defined in the Notice to Players.


Practice Round: Players may call the OGA Golf Course golf shop at 503- 981-4653X4 to make arrangements. Booking a practice round online may not be honored; players must call to make arrangements.  Practice rounds can be made on a space available basis beginning Monday, July 15 and after 1 pm Friday – Sunday. Contestants are eligible for one complimentary practice round.  Practice rounds are for contestants only and will not be extended to guests, caddies, or family members.


Practice Range: The driving range will open one hour prior to the first starting time on Monday.   Range balls will be available complimentary to contestants.


Caddies: Contestants may bring their own caddie. 


Carts: Players must not ride on any form of transportation during a round unless authorized by the Committee.


Qualifying Yardages: Click Here Please note these yardages are subject to change by Committee.


Dress Code: Proper attire must be worn at all times.  Proper attire does not include spandex body wear, cutoffs, running shorts, short-shorts, tank tops, tee shirts, or denim of any kind.  Neat and clean pants, slacks, cords, or appropriately hemmed, tailored shorts are acceptable, as are sweaters and golf shirts with a collar.  Shoes must be worn at all times.


Code of Conduct:  As set forth in the USGA application, the code of conduct applies to all USGA Qualifying and Championships. 


Food Service: Food service will be available beginning at 11am.


Official in Charge

Brent Whittaker

Oregon Golf Association

Director of Tournament Operations

Office: 503.981.4653|Cell Phone: 503.989.0069|Fax: 503.981.7599

2840 Hazelnut Dr., Woodburn, OR 97071

email: | 


If it becomes necessary to withdraw prior to the date of the competition, please contact Brent Whittaker at 503.981.4653 or and the USGA at 908.326.1950 or


Best of luck to each of you!