The uniqueness of the U.S. Open is players from around the country, including some amateurs, will earn roughly 55 spots in the 156-player field, qualifying at 34 one-day qualifying tournaments spread around the country.
Bill Glasso of Stillwater grabbed one of two spots in an 84-player field in Linden, Mich. A two-time All-American at Oral Roberts, the 54-year-old Glasson collected seven PGA Tour wins but has yet to win as a part-time player on the Champions Tour.
Jim Woodward, a former tour player who is now a teaching pro at Oak Tree, finished second at the St. Louis qualifier where amateur Mark Gardiner, from Mascoutah, Ill., grabbed the only spot among 47 entries. Woodward is an alternate.
Two other Oklahomans narrowly missed qualifying. Tracy Phillips, of Broken Arrow, and Ron Streck, of Tulsa finished third and fourth when two berths were captured by amateurs in Mission Hills, Kan.
More than half of the 55 qualifying spots have been filled. Remaining spots will be determined this week at the final 13 one-day qualifiers.