Will the endless inclimate weather end? Let's hope so. Because golf season is approaching and players are itching to get out an challenge their favorite layout.
There is an added bonus this year as Makefield Highlands Golf Club will be one of 100 local qualifying sites around the world for the 119th United States Open Golf Championship.
Local qualifying for those with a USGA handicap index of 1.4 or lower can apply to play in the 18 hole event, with generally the top several players advancing to Sectional Qualifying where they will compete for a slot in the national championship at Pebble Beach.
Last year 21 players advanced through local and sectional qualifying and into the 156-player field at Shinnecock Hills. Of those 21 players, seven made the 36-hole cut in Long Island.
Makefield Highlands expects to be played at about 7,100 yards and to a par of 72 for the event. The Golf Association of Philadelphia will oversee the contest.
CHIP SHOTS: The Symetra Tour, the LPGA's top feeding source, returns to the Philadelphia area at Raven's Claw in Montgomery County and the Valley Forge Invitational May 31-June 2. Jenny Haglund claimed the inaugural event.