Lee Sandlin

Lee Sandlin hitting his tee shot at the 9th hole during the first round of match play of the 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur at Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (Copyright USGA/Chris Keane)

Chris Keane

Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township will hold a qualifying tournament for this year’s U.S. Open.

Hidden Creek was one of 112 qualifying sites chosen by the U.S. Golf Association. The USGA announced the sites Thursday. The competition at Hidden Creek will take place May 7 over 18 holes.

“It’s an honor to have them,” Hidden Creek owner Roger Hansen said. “I think that we are one of the better golf courses in South Jersey. (The course) is a good test of golf, and therefore it would be a good test to have somebody qualify here.”

Hidden Creek hosted a U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifier in June and the 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur championship. The club’s 750-acre course was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

“Being in the golf community, I think it is important to share our golf course to make sure that they have places to play,” Hansen said.

Thousands of professional and amateur golfers will have the chance to participate in the qualifying series.

Players who advance from the local qualifying competitions will go onto sectional qualifying, which will be conducted over 36 holes at 12 sites in the U.S., England and Japan.

“The two-tiered qualifying process will culminate in the championship at historic Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, the only golf course to host the US open in three different centuries and one of the USGA’s five founding club members,” Staurt Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman, said in a statement.

The 118th U.S. Open will be held June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills in South Hampton, New York.

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