Previewing the U.S. Open Local Qualifier

GEORGETOWN, KY (May 2, 2021) – The atypical route for a Kentucky resident to qualify for the 121st U.S. Open begins at Cherry Blossom Golf Club, the site of the state’s sole Local Qualifier for the third men’s major championship of 2021. Many faces in the field, however, come from a state beyond Kentucky, with eleven other states being represented by at least one player.

Tuesday, May 4 is when 100 golfers will make their way to Georgetown with ambitions of advancing to the next stage in qualifying, which is Final Qualifying, slated to take place on May 24 and June 7. In order to do so, the combatants of Tuesday’s qualifier will need to finish in the top six to get one step closer to Torrey Pines. There will also be two alternate spots up for grabs meaning come Tuesday night, exactly six players will officially be onto the next stage with a first alternate and a second alternate also determined. Playoffs will be conducted as needed following the round if there are any ties for these eight positions.

As expected, the field for this Qualifier is loaded with some of the premier names Kentucky golf has to offer. College golfers, players with PGA Tour experience, players with USGA championship experience, State Open champions, State Amateur champions – those are just some of the traits that can be used to describe players in Tuesday’s field. Some of the notable players in the field include the following, with their starting times in parenthesis:

  • Luke Coyle (10:48) – One of Kentucky’s premier young talents competed at Augusta National Golf Club last month in the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals. Tuesday marks the latest opportunity for the high school sophomore to cement his status as one of Kentucky’s best young players.
  • Evan Davis (8:12) – The Belmont Bruin was just named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Golfer of the Year. Davis has had a prolific college season and has featured heavily at the top of leaderboards in Kentucky’s biggest tournaments the last few years; a runner-up finish in the 2019 Kentucky Open among them.
  • Alex Goff (1:48)The North Carolina native has taken a liking to Kentucky ever since moving to Lexington to play college golf for the Kentucky Wildcats. Goff won the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Kentucky Amateur at Lexington Country Club last fall, which was immediately followed up by winning The Blessings Intercollegiate and a third-place finish in the Vanderbilt Legends Collegiate.
  • Jay Nimmo (11:36) – The champion of the last two KHSAA Boys State Championships is in his final days as a high school senior right now. Mississippi State beckons for Nimmo in the fall, but for now, his sights are on making it one step closer to Torrey Pines.
  • Billy Tom Sargent (8:48) – The local Georgetown product may have missed the cut, but he did just record a start in the Korn Ferry Tour’s Veritex Bank Championship. He finished T4 in last year’s Kentucky Open at Triple Crown Country Club. Overall, ever since concluding his time at Western Kentucky, Sargent has found success in his young professional career thus far.
  • Andrew Stephens (12: 24) – Already guaranteed a spot in the Barbasol Championship in July by virtue of being the Kentucky PGA’s ROLEX Larry Gilbert Player of the Year, Stephens seeks a major championship trip before competing at Keene Trace in July.
  • J.B. Williams (10:36) – The back-to-back reigning champion of the Kentucky Open has been hard to beat in Kentucky in recent years. Now, the Danville native is seeking to take his successes from the State Open to the National Open.

Golf House Kentucky will have full coverage of the Qualifier on its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages throughout the day. If a playoff is required to determine at least one of the six guaranteed spots in advancing to Final Qualifying, the playoff will be live-streamed on the organization’s Facebook page.

Spectators and caddies are permitted, but all people on grounds are strongly urged to be aware of Golf House Kentucky’s COVID-19 tournament protocols before arriving.

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Date of Competition

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Competition Venue

Cherry Blossom Golf Club

Course Length

6,866 yards


Clyde Johnson

Course Opening


Number of Competitors


Cities Represented

Louisville (17), Lexington (10), Cincinnati (4), Fort Wright (3), Frankfort (3), Georgetown (3), Richmond (3), Danville (2), Nicholasville (2), Owensboro (2), Shelbyville (2), Union (2), Barbourville, Benton, Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Carmi (IL), Crozet (VA), Dayton (OH), Eaton (OH), Edgewood, Elizabethtown, Eminence, Englewood (OH), Fairborn (OH), Fair Haven (NJ), Flint (MI), Franklin (KY), Franklin (TN), Gallatin (TN), Glasgow, Glen Ellyn (IL), Goshen, Henderson, Huntingburg (IN), Kings Mountain (NC), Kingsport (TN), Knoxville (TN), Lake Elsinore (CA), Madisonville, Mattoon (IL), McKee, Metropolis (IL), Miamisburg (OH), Monticello, Mt. Prospect (IL), Murfreesboro (TN), New Albany (IN), Newburgh (IN), Paducah, Pikeville, Prospect, Riceville (TN), Salem (SC), Southlake (TX), Stamping Ground, Taylorsville, Wesley Chapel (FL), Westview, Williamsburg (VA), Woodburn

About Golf House Kentucky

Golf House Kentucky is the umbrella organization for Kentucky’s Family of Golf Organizations: Kentucky Golf Association, Kentucky PGA and Kentucky Golf Foundation. The vision of Kentucky’s golf leaders, Golf House Kentucky was founded in 1978, and is headquartered in a picturesque country setting in Louisville, Kentucky. Golf House Kentucky conducts competitions for golfers of all ages, gender and skill levels (amateur, professional and junior), and provides valuable services to Kentucky PGA professionals and member golf facilities. Working in partnership with the USGA, Golf House Kentucky provides individual golfers and member golf facilities with a wide range of services: Handicapping, USGA Course and Slope Rating, award programs, club consulting and golf management software. The family’s philanthropic affiliate, Kentucky Golf Foundation promotes the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame, Kentucky golf museum and provides grant and scholarship programs for youth in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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