2014 U.S. Open: Meet the amateurs, follow live scores
08 Jun 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

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When the 2014 U.S. Open kicks off from Pinehurst, the golf world will be following one -- or more -- of the many, many storylines buzzing about No. 2. Among those storylines, as it is every year at our national championship, is the interest in the amateurs in the field. Mixed among the major championship winners, World Golf Hall of Famers and otherwise likely contenders is a group of 11 amateurs this year.

All but two of the amateurs in the U.S. Open field earned their position by way of the grueling qualifying process, which wrapped up Monday at 10 sites across the nation. The other two, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Oliver Goss, punched their tickets last summer with their terrific runs to the finals at the U.S. Amateur.

As the golf world prepares for its second major championship of 2014, here's a look at the 11 amateurs in the U.S. Open field:


Cameron Wilson
Shot 1-over 142 and then defeated Casey Wittenberg on the sixth extra hole to earn first- alternate status at the Purchase, N.Y., sectional qualifier; won the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I individual title as a senior at Stanford; competed in three U.S. Amateurs and the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club; in 2009, was the youngest-ever Metropolitan Golf Association Player of the Year.

Brandon McIver
A golfer at the University of Oregon, McIver finished as the First alternate in sectional qualifier in Creswell, Ore. McIver reached last year's U.S. Amateur and was a Top 10 finisher at the NCAA Regional last month.

Andrew Dorn
Qualified as first alternate from Springfield (Ohio) C.C. sectional when Thomas Bjorn withdrew; shot 137 in qualifier; medalist at local qualifier at Maketewah C.C. in Cincinnati by carding course- record 66; won 2013 North & South Amateur at Pinehurst; also won 2013 Ohio Amateur; qualified for 2013 U.S. Amateur; just finished junior year at Coastal Carolina, where he owns one victory.

Cory Whitsett
Whitsett, an outgoing senior at University of Alabama, shot 12-under to take medalist honors at the Houston, Texas sectional qualifier. One of the game's top amateurs, Whitsett won last year's Northeast Amateur and was a member of the 2013 U.S. Walker Cup team. Whitsett was a driving force in Alabama's two-straight national championships.

Maverick McNealy
A freshman at Stanford, McNealy shot 7- under at Lake Merced Golf Club and the Olympic Club's Ocean Course to take one of five berths from the Daly City sectional. McNealy most recently made headlines in a match-play battle with Talor Gooch of Oklahoma State in last week's NCAA semifinals.

Brian Campbell
One of the collegiate game's most underrated players, the Irvine, Calif. native and University of Illinois golfer will have a chance to showcase his game on the biggest of stages. He shot 6-under to take the last qualifying berth at the Daly City, Calif. qualifier on Monday.

Will Grimmer
A junior standout from Cincinnati, Grimmer shot 5-under at Springfield Country Club to punch his ticket. Grimmer has quite the history at Pinehurst. Playing the resort's No. 1 course, he shot a 59 at last summer's North & South Junior. While the U.S. Open will surely be played under quite different conditions, Grimmer -- just a high school junior -- will undoubtedly be a storyline.

Robby Shelton
University of Alabama standout freshman Robby Shelton led all amateur qualifiers at the Colonial Country Club sectional. He shot 70-66 to finish tied for eighth and three shots off the pace of medalist Hudson Swafford in a qualifier that featured many professional stars.

Sam Love
Love, a standout at University of Alabama- Birmingham shot 6-under and tied for the final qualifying position at the Colonial Country Club sectional in Memphis. Love was a major factor in the recent NCAA Championship, helping UAB reach the final round with stellar play in the regionals.

Hunter Stewart
Stewart, of Vanderbilt, was the fourth and final amateur to sneak past the field and into the U.S. Open at the Memphis sectional. Stewart tied Love and Cappelen for the final berth. A former Players Amateur champion, Stewart is a standout golfer for the Commodores.

Oliver Goss
Oliver Goss, from Australia, finished as the runner-up at the 2013 U.S. Amateur. The University of Tennessee golfer was the low amateur at the Masters in April.

Matthew Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick, who announced that he'll turn professional following the U.S. Open, is exempt into the field by way of winning the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

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