Golfers vying for the ultimate start of the golf
season took to courses across the country
Monday with one thing on their mind: qualify.
U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying took place at
11 sites in the U.S. to be exact with many of
the biggest names in amateur golf taking dead
aim at the 2012 U.S. Open to be held June 14-
17 at The Olympic Club.
Here is a look at the news from each sectional
Fresh off a pair of week-long efforts at the
NCAA Championships, Jordan Spieth and Cory
Whitsett narrowly missed an opportunity to
clinch a qualifying berth for the 2012 U.S.
Spieth's Texas Longhorns bested Whitsett and
his teammates from Alabama in Sunday's NCAA
Championship finale but both players ended up
on the wrong side of the cut Monday. Spieth
(70-70--140) and Whitsett (69-71--140) were
tied for fourth, but fell in a four-person playoff
to Brian Rowell and Alistair Presnell. They'll
serve as the two alternates for the 2012
Dylan Frittelli, who drained the title-clinching
putt for Texas, also put in a solid effort at the
Houston Sectional. He fired a first-round 73
and followed up with a 69 in the second round,
finishing in a ninth-place tie
Brooks Koepka captured the last of three
qualifying spots at the U.S. Open Sectional
held at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla.
The Florida State Seminole shot a first-round
72 and followed up with a a 70 in the second
round. He finally prevailed in a playoff over
fellow amateur, Andy Zhang from China.
Sam Ryder, Daniel berger and J.D. Tomlinson all
narrowly missed the cut. Auburn star Blayne
Barber also missed out, finishing eight shots off
the pace in a tie for 13th.
Location: Daly City, Calif. | Lake Merced
Golf Club/TPC at Harding Park | View
17-year old Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif.,
fired a 67 at Harding Park and 70 at Lake
Merced to qualify for his second U.S. Open in
two years. Amateur Alberto Sanchez of
Nogales, Ariz. qualified on the number with
rounds of 67 (HP), 71 (LM) for a 138 total.
James Hahn, San Bruno, Calif. was medalist
with rounds of 66 (LM) and 70 (HP) for a 136
total. PGA Tour winner and former
amateurgolf.com member, Matt Bettencourt
also qualified with rounds of 67 (HP), 71 (LM)
San Diego's Alex Ching narrowly missed the
cut, finishing one shot off the pace while
Stanford star and No. 2 player in the world
Patrick Rodgers shot 71-72--143, tying for
14th place. Cal's Max Homa also finished tied
UCLA's Anton Arboleda, who led the NCAA
Individual Championship after one round this
past week, finished tied for 54th.
Thomas Pieters, fresh off his NCAA Individual
Championship at Riviera, couldn't find the
magic needed to keep his amazing streak
going. The Fighting Illini golfer finished five
shots back and failed to secure one of two
qualifying spots at the Glen Ellyn Sectional.
The Belgium native shot a 3-under 69 in the
first round and followed with a solid 2-under 70
but couldn't keep up with the low totals at the
top of the leaderboard, including Tim Herron of
the PGA Tour, who was at 10-under after the
two qualifying rounds.
James White of Acworth, Georgia finished four
shots outside of a qualifying spot at The River
Club sectional. His 70-71--141 put him in fifth
place and he'll serve as the second alternate.
Fellow amateur Justin Cho of Alpharetta was
six shots outside of the cut. Michael Hebert of
Atalnta, Anders Albertson of Woodstock,
Georgia and Richy Werenski of South Hadley,
Mass. by way of Georgia Tech, were among
the other amateurs who missed out on three
U.S. Open slots.
Nathan Smith, the career amateur from
Pittsburgh prevailed as the low amateur in a
star-studded sectional event in Columbus, Ohio
but his score of 76-72--148 was only good
enough for a tie for 63rd place.
In an event that included some of the PGA's
top talent --- young and old --- Corbin Mills,
who recently was one of six amateurs in the
Masters, shout 73-75--148. Justin Thomas,
who helped lead Alabama to a second-place
finish at the NCAA Championship this past
weekend mustered only a first-round 74 and
second-round 76, finishing well off the pace.
Amateurs Joe Kastalec (69-68--137, T-4) of
Cincinnati and Ontario native Garrett Rank (69-
69--138, T-6) narrowly missed an opportunity
to secure one of two U.S. Open slots at the
Springfield Country Club U.S. Open Sectional.
Brice Garnett (66-65--131) and John Peterson
(64-68--132), the 2011 NCAA Individual
Champion, were the two qualifiers.
Other amateurs whose 2012 U.S. Open dreams
stalled in Springfield included Dalton Melnyk
(72-69--141, T-12), Jeff Scohy (70-71--141,
T-12) and Jacob McBride (67-75--142, T-15).
There were seven slots available but amateurs
came up empty at the Rockville, Maryland
Tyler Dunlap of Westlake, Texas was the low
amateur, finishing two shots outside of the cut
following a 72-73--145 effort. Maclain Huge of
Lovettsvile, Virg. shot a 1-under 71 in the
second round but it wasn't enough as he
finished four shots behind the final spot.
Amateur Nick Sherwood, who plays for Oregon State, made his way to the Open by winning a playoff against fellow amateur Daniel Miernicki of Santee, Calif, who plays at the University of Oregon. Both shot 3-under-par 138 to tie for the second spot at the Creswell site and had to complete the playoff on Tuesday morning.