MASON, W.Va. – Riverside Golf Club co-owner and PGA head professional Ty Roush has qualified for the 2014 United States Senior Open.
Roush, who turned professional in 1983 and joined the PGA in 1993, fired a two-under par, 69 Monday at Worthington Hills Country Club in Columbus, Ohio to win the US Senior Open Qualifier by two shots.
“I just had one of those days where I was hitting everything right at the flag,” Roush said of his two-under performance in the qualifier. “I hit 15 greens and I actually could have shot a lot lower but I three-putted two of the last three greens. I missed five or six putts inside 10 feet but it was one of those days where I was hitting my irons right where I was looking.”
Florida native Rod Spittle also qualified for the open after winning a playoff over Doug Lockwood and Nick Lambos. Lockwood and Lambos are the two alternates form the Columbus qualifier.
The 35th annual US Senior Open will be contested at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Oklahoma on July 10-13 with a 156 player field and a cut after the second round.
Oak Tree National is a Pete Dye designed course that has hosted the 1984 US Amateur, the 1988 PGA Championship and the 2006 Senior PGA Championship. The course is located less than 20 miles north of Oklahoma City, opened for play in 1976 and is a par-71 that will play 7,219 yards from the tournament tees.
“I’m just going to go and try to have fun,” said Roush. “I know I can play with them but I’m not used to the crowds or the televisions and they are. Controlling my nerves will be the key for me because they’re used to it and I’m not.”
The first two rounds of the US Senior Open will be broadcast on ESPN on July 10 and 11. The final two rounds will be broadcast on NBC on July 12 and 13. This is the 20th United States Golf Association event to be held in Oklahoma.
Roush does have other work on the golf course before he heads to Edmond. Ty will attempt to qualify for the PGA Championship this coming week when he plays the 47thPGA Professional National Championship on The Dunes and Grande Dunes golf course in Myrtle Beach. The tournament will air on Golf Channel on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the top 20 finishers in the tournament will qualify for the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky on August 7-10.
Roush has also played in the US Junior Championship and the US Public Links, as well as four PGA Nationwide Tour events in his golf career. Ty had advanced to the second round of US Open qualifying six times in his career but has never made the field.