The first steps on the road to the US Open will be taken in Brooklyn this week

The road to Brookline begins on Wednesday, when the US Golf Association begins accepting online applications for the US Open qualifiers via its website, champs.usga.org. Registration continues through April 13, and to be eligible, golfers must have a disability of no greater than 1.4, or be professional.

Last summer at the US Open in Torrey Pines, 68 of the 156 golfers played their way onto the field via the playoffs, with another 88 exempted from winning. The USGA received 9,069 entries last year, with a record 10,127 set in 2014.

Last week, the USGA announced 109 locations to host the playoffs, which will take place from April 25 to May 23. There will be four playoffs in New England:

▪ May 2 at Foxborough Country Club and Wee Burn Country Club in Darien, Connecticut.

▪ May 9 at The Golf Club at Oxford Greens in Oxford, Conn.

▪ May 17 at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown.

California will host 14 playoffs and Florida 13 playoffs. The playoffs will also take place at Caledonian Golf Club in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, and Rattle Snake Point Golf Club in Milton, Ontario.

Next, the US will hold 36-hole finals at 11 locations – nine in the US and one each in Japan and Canada – between May 23 and June 6. New York, at Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club.

Only twice in the first 121 years of the tournament did the champion come through by domestic playoffs and finalists: Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969).

Parziale, the 2017 Massachusetts Amateur Champion, appeared in two inaugural rounds in the United States. His victory in the 2017 Mid-Amateur Championship earned him an exemption from the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills, where he tied for 48th and shared low honors. Barcelli then qualified for the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach, where he did not run the first half.

Parziale also played in the 2018 Masters, and this spring is hoping to make his way to his fourth professional major.

“It’s never enough,” Barziali said of playing in teams. “I just like to compete as high as possible, and [US Open qualifying] It is an opportunity every year to do so on one of golf’s biggest stages.”

Parziale, a former Brockton firefighter who now works as a risk advisor for an insurance company in Wellesley, said he plans to play in the local playoffs in Taconic and, if he advances, the playoffs in New York. But after not passing the domestic playoffs last year, Barzielli doesn’t know not to think about Brooklyn yet.

“To get to the US Open, a lot of luck, a lot of preparation you need to go through,” he said. “If I start getting ahead of myself now, it is not a good thing. I just want to prepare and hope to have some luck that day and be the best I can.”

This June tournament will be the fourth time that the US Open will be held at The Country Club, one of the five founding members of the USA Federation. The previous three openers, in 1913, 1963 and 1988, had all been played in the playoffs.

The 122nd US Open will also be the 17th USGA tournament to be held at The Country Club, and the first since 2013 for US amateurs.


Ben Volin can be reached at ben.volin@globe.com.

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