The U.S. Open is typically the biggest
the season for professional and amateur
golfers (and fans) alike. With the 2014
Open heading to famed Pinehurst No. 2,
even more buzz surrounding the major
With a record number of entries, local
qualifying is currently being conducted
throughout the month at courses and
across the nation.
Below is a look at the biggest stories,
and more as 2014 U.S. Open Local
takes center stage in the golfing world.
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The final day of local qualifying was a good
one for amateurs.
At the Gibson Bay Golf Club (Richmond, KY)
local qualifying, four amateurs punched their
tickets to sectional play. Daniel McIntyre and
Patric Sundlof shared medalist honors after
Zach Morris was one shot back with a 69
while Nicholas Thompson snuck in as the last
qualifier, shooting 70.
At the Old America Golf Club (The Colony,
Tx.) qualifier, Kolton Crawford and Brandon
Smith are moving on. Crawford shot 71
while Smith shot 72. Amateurs Nick
Thornton and Jerry Ruiz will be the
Amateurs ruled the day at the Carter
Plantation qualifier in Springfield, La.
Eric Ricard took medalist honors, shooting
He was a shot better than Stephen Wall
Jacob Bergeron -- also amateurs. Recent
Coleman Invitational winner Patrick
missed the mark by a shot and will serve
the first alternate heading into sectional
Longtime competitive mid-amateur Dan
shot 69 to share medalist honors with
others at the Newport Beach (Calif.)
Club qualifier. Sullivan joins fellow amateur
Gabriel Armendariz moving past the local
qualifier and into sectional play.
At the Whippoorwill Club (Armonk, N.Y.),
Buckley, a former Southern Methodist
University star, shot 69 to share medalist
honors. Five players in total, including
Brian Williams, shot 69 in the highly-
competitive local qualifier.
Former University of Iowa golfer Luke
shot 70 and takes one of four sectional
from the Valley Brook Country Club
Penn.) qualifier. Miller's 70 was good
for second. Fellow amateur Mitch Mercer
72 and will be the second alternate.
Chinas's Zecheng Dou grabbed the final
qualifying spot in the Ironwood Golf Club
Desert, Calif.) qualifier. Dou, who took
place at last year's Asia-Pacific Amateur,
70 while Byron Meth of San Diego shot 68
take one of the other four positions.
Cameron Brown and Parker Edens, both
amateurs, shot 70 to share medalist
the Collindale Golf Club (Fort Collins, Colo.)
qualifier. Edens is a Colorado State golfer.
Brown and Edens were the only amateurs
move on to sectional play.
Armstrong's Gus Wagoner and Ben
Ole Miss are moving on out of the local
at The Legends of Chateau Elan
Ga.). They both shot 71 and will be among
seven moving to sectional qualifying.
amateur Bryan Fox of Roswell, Ga. is one
two alternates from the local qualifer.
At the Crofton (Md.) Country Club qualifier,
talented Virginia mid-amateur Scott
took the final qualifying position and will
lone amateur moving on. He shot 71 and
fellow amateur Joe Rice and pro Marcus
for the final sectional berth.
University of Toledo's Otto Black shot a
hot 68 to lead all scorers at the Radrick
(Ann Arbor, Mich.). The Pinckney, Mich.
resident was three shots better than any
player, including Canadian amateur Nic
who'll also be moving on with a 71.
Longtime St. Louis-area amateur Skip
Berkmeyer took second place at the
Bluffs Golf Club (St. Louis, Mo.) qualifier
will advance to the sectional. Berkmeyer
one shot back of Chad Saladin, who took
medalist honors. Former UNLV golfer Blake
Biddle shot 71 and will join Berkmeyer as
two amateurs advancing.
Missoula, Mont. and University of Michigan
golfer Tom Swanson shot 68 to share
honors at the Missoula Country Club local
qualifier. He tied pro Wes Heffernan for
spot. Dylan Stensland, another amateur,
70 and will be the first alternate.
Bobby Leopold of Rhode Island shot 74 to
qualifying medalist honors at the Point
Country Club (Narragansett, R.I.).
who made a name for himself in the
competitive amateur world with a run of
victories over highly-ranked players at the
2011 U.S. Amateur, finished a shot above
fellow amateurs Chris Houston and Greg
Horvath, who'll also be moving on.
At Indian Ridge Country Club's Grove
(Palm Desert, Calif.), David Gazzolo
represented the amateur world well. He
68 to finish second and take one of five
sectional qualifier berths. Gazzolo is a
golfer on the UC Riverside team.
Cody Blick and Matt Hansen took two of
five sectional positions at the Ruby Hill Golf
Club (Pleasanton, Calif.) qualifier. Blick,
San Jose State, shot 70 to share medalist
honors with Eric Mina. Hansen, from UC
shot 71. Kory Storer and recent Alameda
Commuters winner Jonathan De Los Reyes
be the alternates.
At Pasatiempo Golf Club (Santa Cruz,
Cory McElyea led all scorers. The
San Francisco senior, of course, reached
year's U.S. Open at Merion. Jobim Carlos
Philippines took second with a 68.
Amateurs ruled the day at the Country
Farmington (Conn.) qualifier. Clark
(66), Christopher Wiatr (69) and John
Vanderlan (69) are all moving on after
play. Robinson is a freshman at Marshall
Wiatr plays at UConn.
At Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club (Dade
Fla.), Central Florida star Chase Koepka
scorers. He shot 66 while Richard James
67 to take the top two positions in the
Lakeland's Scott Smyers shot 70 to take
final qualifying position.
Northwestern's Jack Perry took co-
honors at the Knollwood Club (Lake
Ill.), shooting 68. Just two shots back in
tightly-contested qualifier was top junior
Ghim, who'll be one of two alternates.
Talk about competition...At the Pinewild
Country Club (Pinehurst, N.C.), qualifier,
amateurs found themselves in the mix and
surprisingly, recent Concession Cup team
member Scott Harvey found himself on the
outside looking in. Just a few days after
in a playoff at the Carolinas Open, Harvey
69 and will be alternate. Richard Fountain
Davidson shot 66 to take co-medalist
while Carter Jenkins of UNC Greensboro
and will also move on.
Coastal Carolina golfer Andrew Dorn, who
year won the prestigous North and South
Amateur, shot a red-hot 66 to take
honors at the Maketewah Country Club
(Cincinnati) qualifier. He was four shots
than the runner-up. Will Grimmer, who
headlines with a 59 last year at the North
South Junior, shot 72 to take the final
Texas star Kramer Hickock's 68 took
place at the Falconhead Golf Club (Austin,
Texas) qualifier. He was one shot back of
Dustin Garza, the medalist. Fellow Texas
Longhorn shot 70 and will be an alternate.
Texas A&M's Andrew Lister shot a
scorching 64 to lead all players at the
Hawk Golf Club (Richmond, Texas) local
Wake Forest senior Thomas Birdsey shot a
to take co-medalist honors at the River
Landing (Wallace, N.C.) qualifier. Birdsey,
recently named to the All-ACC 1st Team,
the only amateur moving on to sectional
Perhaps hoping to add to his impressive
resume, veteran Northern California
Casey Boyns shot 69 at The Preserve
Calif.) qualifier to sneak into sectional
Amateur Maverick McNealy shot 68 to
on, too, while Nick Moore (70) will be the
Former Massachusetts Amateur champion
Higgins shot 69 to become the lone
moving forward past the Pinehills Golf Club
(Plymouth, Mass.) qualifier. He tied four
players and survived a playoff to sneak
the sectional round.
LSU's Smylie Kaufman shot 69 to move
the Omaha (Neb.) Country Club qualifier.
joined by Rory Doll and Carson Schaake,
also be advancing to the sectional
It was another big day on the qualifying
Former U.S. Walker Cup team member
Barber led all scorers at the Timacuan Golf
Country Club (Lake Mary, Fla.) qualifier.
Funk and Hans Reimers were the two
sneak into sectional play.
At Fox Hollow Golf Club (Trinity, Fla.),
star Jimmy Stanger shot 68 to join Dustin
Adam Schenk and Keegan Vea shot 68 to
medalist honors with Andy Winings at the
Hawthorne Golf & Country Club (Fishers,
qualifier while Talor Gooch, Doug Albers
Dougherty advanced past the Sycamore
Golf Club (Spring Hill, Kan.) qualifier.
Hunter Stewart of Lexington, Ky. out-
classed the field at the Colonial Country
(Memphis, Tenn.) qualifier. Austin Rose
close second and Brandon Caballero will
Former World No. 1 amateur Brady Watt of
Australia (now professional) shot 68 and
amateur Andrew Wyatt at the Odessa (TX)
Country Club local qualifier.
Reigning New England Amateur Evan
plays at the University of Hartford, shot 70
join three professionals moving on at the
Hills Country Club (Longmeadow, Mass.)
At the Industry Hills Golf Club (City of
Calif.) qualifier, two amateurs moved on.
Anguiano shot 70 while Joshua Shou shot
Aaron Wise was the lone amateur
the Andalusia Country Club (La Quinta,
qualifier. Wise, from Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Amateurs ruled the day at the Blue Top
Riverside (Iowa) qualifier. Steve Koepke
medalist honors and will move on with
Fernandez and Tyler Smith of Iowa.
Moorman and Raymond Knoll, also
serve as the alternates.
Gavin Hall, who participated in last year's
Open at Merion, shot 71 to finish second
Oak Hill Country Club (Rochester, NY) local
qualifier. Hall, a freshman at the University
Texas, joined Canada's Chris Hemmerich
two amateurs advancing past the local
Alabama star Trey Mullinax and Sam Love
Birmingham took the top two spots at the
Country Club (Calera, Ala.) local qualifier.
shared medalist honors after shooting
AmateurGolf.com members and past Tour
Andrew Morgan and Eric Sugimoto were
moving past the Bermuda Dunes (Calif.)
local. Morgan and Sugimoto shot 72 while
Castillo and recent Palmer Cup U.S. roster
Rico Hoey of USC shot 73.
Junior Ben Doyle, currently the No. 2
AmateurGolf.com California Rankings, shot
at the Barona Creek Golf Club (Lakeside,
University of North Florida star M.J.
past the Golf Club of North Hampton
Beach, Fla.) local. He shot 68 and finished
behind medalist Kelly Kraft, the former U.S.
Florida State's Hank Lebioda led all
Orange Tree Golf Club (Orlando, Fla.). He
was the only amateur moving on.
In Highland, Utah, Zac Blair shot 68 to
honors at the Alpine Country Club. Blair,
BYU star, has compiled a terrific regional
recent years and could be a major factor
Curtis Thompson is the first amateur golfer
move onto sectional qualifying. The LSU
and two-time Dixie Amateur champion
red-hot 66 at The Club at Admiral's Cove
Jupiter, Fla. on Friday.
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