Thursday, June 11, 2015

USGA Kicks Off U.S. Open Championship with "Open for All Activities"

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced updated plans for its Open For All™ fan programming and community activities to be held June 14-21, coinciding with the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay.

U.S. Open Champion- ship week will begin with a series of special events on the grounds of Chambers Bay on Sunday, June 14. 

The family-friendly activities, which are free and open to the public, will focus on youngsters and a celebration of the region’s military community. In honor of national Flag Day, the I Corps Army Band and a color guard from nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord will participate in a 1:30 p.m. PDT flag-raising ceremony, led by Major General Kenneth Dahl and USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole Jr.

Spectators under the age of 18 are welcome to attend a junior clinic at 2:15 p.m. PDT at Chambers Bay’s practice facility. A variety of fun and engaging activities, presented in collaboration with the First Green, The First Tee, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, and the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, will take place after the clinic.

Participants will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the U.S. Open Trophy, as well as visit the official U.S. Open Main Merchandise Pavilion.

Sunday will also represent the last opportunity for non-U.S. Open ticket holders to purchase merchandise at the Main Merchandise Pavilion, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The merchandise pavilion will be open to the public for pre-championship shopping from Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PDT daily).

Attendees are asked to follow signs to pre-championship parking, which will be located in the New Tacoma Lot in close proximity to the course. A complimentary shuttle will be provided.

Open For All Fan Experience at South Lake Union Park

The U.S. Open For All viewing experience at South Lake Union Park will open at 5 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, June 17, and will include a free concert by singer-songwriter Kelley James.

The viewing experience will be open to the public June 17-21 and will feature live U.S. Open action on a big screen, interactive golf exhibits including a U.S. Open Golf Simulator, food and beverages from regional vendors and photo opportunities with the U.S. Open Championship Trophy.

Dates/Times (PDT):
June 17    Opening Night Celebration: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Performance by Kelley James
June 18    First-Round Viewing: Noon -7 p.m.
June 19    Second-Round Viewing: Noon-7 p.m.
June 20    Third-Round Viewing: Noon-7 p.m.
June 21    Fourth-Round Viewing: Noon-7:30 p.m.

As parking will be limited, attendees are encouraged to take the Seattle Streetcar (South Lake Union Line) to the Lake Union Station.

A complete schedule of Open For All community events is available HERE.

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.

The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information, visit the USGA.
Media Contact:
Jeff Altstadter, USGA Manager of Media Relations; 908-326-1880

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