The Maryland State Golf Association will hold the 97th Maryland Open Championship from Monday to Wednesday at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown. The format is 54 holes of stroke play, with all players playing 36 holes and a cut to the low 40 scorers and ties for the final round. The professional purse is approximately $45,000. The perpetual silver trophy will be engraved with the champion's name, and the low amateur's name will also be engraved onto the Harry Pitt Trophy. A number of past champions and runners-up are included in this year's field. Sean Bosdosh, the 2016 and 2012 Open champion, and the 2011 champion David Hutsell will compete for this year's title. Amateur Matt Bassler, the 2009 Open champion, will be in the field at this year's event. Other notable players include four-time runner-up Dirk Schultz of Hagerstown, and 2008 runners-up Jim Estes and Eric Egloff. This year's Maryland Amateur Champion (2018), Morgan Egloff, is in the field as well to see if he can follow up his impressive performance at Baltimore CC. Fifty-two of the 129 competitors were exempt from qualifying, while 77 players from the four qualifying sites filled the remaining spots. Neither the defending champion, Brad Miller, nor 2017's low amateur and winner of the Harry Pit Trophy, Patrick McCormick, will be competing in this years event. The Maryland Open is open to male amateur members of MSGA member clubs with a handicap index of 7.1 or less; to male professionals who are Middle Atlantic PGA members or registered apprentices; to male professionals employed by member clubs; and to male professionals who are residents of Maryland.