2015 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying: Complete Wrap-up & Results
08 Jun 2015
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Erin Hills Golf Course, Matt NeSmith Rankings

VARIOUS LOCATIONS, United States (June 8, 2015) - - The "Road to Chambers Bay" is complete, after a long, arduous day of Sectional Qualifying on Monday. We talk mostly about the thrill of victory below, but there are certainly many more stories of ""the agony of defeat" that will only be told to friends and family.

Following are amateur results from Monday's big day, where a total of 15 amateurs punched their tickets for Chambers Bay.

Big Canyon C.C. and Newport Beach C.C., Newport Beach, Calif. (112 players for 6 spots) results

Jake Knapp
Beau Hossler
Brian Campbell
Wow - Jake Knapp can take it low in qualifiers! He made 8 birdies and a bogey at Newport Beach Country Club in his morning round to sit on top of the leaderboard at 7-under. At the more challenging Big Canyon CC, Knapp posted 72 for a 7- under 136 total which gives him a sure spot in the U.S. Open at T2 with pro Jared Becher of Reno. (Another pro, Kevin Lucas of Folsom, CA is at 9- under and will take medalist honors.)

Beau Hossler was right behind him after posting a 65 in the morning, also at Newport Beach CC. He posted a solid 71 in the afternoon to earn his second appearance in a U.S. Open. At The Olympic Club in 2012, Hossler charmed galleries as a High School golfer who easily made the cut and could have been low amateur if not for a few mistakes in the final round. Brian Campbell shot 69-68 to grab the final amateur spot. Campbell, from Irvine, is a member of the University of Illinois Golf Team and will join teammate Nick Hardy at the Open.

Patrick Grimes of Palo Alto got to 7-under, with 5 birdies in his first thirteen holes at Newport Beach CC this afternoon, but went 3-over for his final four holes to fall below the cut level. A good showing for Grimes, but he will leave empty-handed. results

The Bear's Club, Jupiter, Fla. (70 players for 4 spots) results

Sam Horsfield
Jack Maguire
Florida State Golfer Jack Maguire (4- under 140) tied former World No. 1 Luke Donald and Andrew Pope for the top position at 140, meaning there was just one spot left to playoff for.

Sam Horsfield and Cristobal Del Solar (also an amateur) went head to head for the final spot at Chambers Bay after both players posted 141. Amazingly, Horsfield still had this golden opportunity despite a triple-bogey in the morning on the par 4 11th and a double at the par 3 7th in the afternoon. Horsfield, 18, drained a 20-footer on the second playoff hole, the par-4 first, to defeat Florida State golfer Cristobal Del Solar and earn the fourth and final spot. Del Solar had to settle for the first alternate position.

If you've never heard of Horsfield, AmateurGolf.com has a prediction: you soon will. The Englishman, who now lives in Florida is a near lock for the GB&I Walker Cup squad. About a year ago he was asked to start listing his "hometown" in England as opposed to Orlando, as he was winning major tournaments like the New Year's Invitational. So if you look at the 2015 results of that tournament you would have seen "Sam Horsfield, England" as opposed the prior year when it said "Sam Horsfield, Orlando, FL." results

Hawks Ridge G.C., Ball Ground, Ga. (42 players for 3 spots) results

Lee McCoy
Matthew NeSmith

AFTERNOON UPDATE: Matthew NeSmith waited the entire day to make his first bogey, and when he did (on his 34th hole) he took two in a row. Bad news? Not really. Prior to that he had recorded and eagle, 16 birdies and no bogeys to stand alone atop the leaderboard at 18-under par. And after those two bogeys, NeSmith (pronounced "KneeSmith") put up a birdie at No. 18 to get a USGA medal, at 17-under par.

Lee McCoy went bogey free all day (when was the last time any of us did that for 18 holes, let alone 36?) to post 13-under and grab the second spot. results


Woodmont C.C. (North Course), Rockville, Md. (56 players for 3 spots) re sults

Denny McCarthy

Denny McCarthy tied for medalist with Billy Hurley III at 6-under on the heals of a solid 68 in the afternoon, which tied the second round low. It's no surprise to those of us at AmateurGolf.com, who have watched McCarthy advance to the semi-finals of the 2014 U.S. Amateur. While one more match win would have given him a spot in the 2015 Masters, he at least got the consolation prize of not having to grind through U.S. Open local qualifying.

He's taken advantage of it at sectional today, to say the least.

A "nice try" to Isaiah Logue of Pennsylvania. He posted 143 to miss a final-spot playoff by a single shot. Zach Seabolt of South Carolina's Winthrop University was also in the field; he fired 69 for his first 18, and got to 5-under on the day through 28 holes. But he had a disastrous finish, with three bogeys and a double in his final five holes to shoot 77 and finish well down the leaderboard. They don't call it the "Golf's Longest Day" for nothing. re sults

Old Oaks C.C./Century C.C., Purchase, N.Y. (71 players for 4 spots) results

AFTERNOON UPDATE: It was a no-go for the amateurs in New York. Two-time Open winner Lee Janzen took the top spot, and the other three spots were taken by Jamie Lovemark, Pat Wilson, and Rich Berberian, Jr. (Berberian, of Derry, N.H. will ensure that at least one player from the "Live Free or Die" state of New Hampshire is in the field.) A "way to go" to Vinay Ramesh of Newton Pennsylvania, an amateur golfer who birdied his last hole to have a chance for a playoff, but found himself in a three way tie for 5th at 141. Another shot back was amateur Zach Zaback of Farmington, CT.

Brookside Golf & C.C./The Lakes Golf & C.C., Columbus, Ohio (120 players for 15 spots) results

Bryson Dechambeau
The Columbus field features veteran PGA Tour players Steve Stricker, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III and a couple of upstart 21-year-olds Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger. As for the amateurs playing Columbus? At least two of them were already in town at the Memorial receiving awards from the man, Jack Nicklaus himself. Up against all of those top guns is Bryson Dechambeau, the NCAA champion who plays with constant length irons, a Ben Hogan cap, and a green-reading technique he developed himself.

His name?

It's Bryson DeChambeau, and he doesn't only think different, he thinks big. Dechambeau is "in the house" at 11- under par, ahead of Tour players with millions of dollars in earnings. He posted 66 in the morning and is 5-under 67 in the afternoon round. And get this. On his first 18, he birdied four-in-a-row and three-in- a-row. How did he start his second 18? With four- straight birdies! Max Rotluff is 10th, and 2014 qualifier Maverick McNealy and early favorite Hunter Stewart finished a disappointing T35 at 141. The lowest amateur besides Dechambeau (which shows how awesome his play was) was another Californian, Corey Pereira of Cameron Park. (70-70=140) results

Springfield C.C., Springfield, Ohio (67 players for 4 spots) results

Nick Hardy
We knew it wouldn't be a good idea to bet against Nick Hardy. He just finished his freshman year at Illinois, and showed the kind of grit and determination at the NCAA Championship that are required to make a U.S. Open. He finished T38 in the stroke play portion of the NCAA, but prior to that he was co-winner of the individual medal at the Big Ten Championship (with Iowa's Carson Schaake) at Victoria National Golf Club in Indiana.

He's played on television, and knows the kind of pressure he's about to face on "Golf's Longest Day."

Coming down the stretch he proved that he wanted that coveted spot in the field. A double bogey on No. 18 in the morning didn't help (lunch might not have tasted so good) but five birdies and a single bogey in the afternoon at Springfield Country Club did the trick. At 6-under 134, Hardy has grabbed one of the four available spots. His team may not have gotten the job done at the NCAAs, but this must feel pretty good. results

Davis Riley
Germantown C.C./Ridgeway C.C., Memphis, Tenn. (121 Players for 10 Spots) results

The Memphis qualifier is one of the best places to watch pro golfers up close (well, actually the one in Columbus isn't bad either). That's because it's Fedex St. Jude Classic week, and many PGA Tour players not otherwise exempt for the Open choose to play here before beginning their practice regimen at TPC Southwind. Last year I had the pleasure (except for the hauling the bag part) of caddying for Harris English in a Tuesday practice round at the Fedex St. Jude, and I attended the Monday sectional at Colonial the day before.

Only Davis Riley had a legitimate chance to get in as the afternoon sun started to set, with favorites (among amateurs) Robbie Shelton and Austin Connelly outside of the top 30. Coming down the stretch, Riley went to work, recording birdies on two of his last five holes for an afternoon 67 on top of his morning 69 to finish at 6-under, tied for 8th with two time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen and Andres Romero. The best part? There were exactly 10 spots available, so no playoff was required.

We're also happy to see that AmateurGolf.com alum Brandon Hagy has punched his ticket into the field at Chambers Bay, posting 65-69 (T3 at 8- under) to make his wait by the scoreboard a much more relaxing one.results

Northwood Club, Dallas, Texas (78 players for 6 spots) results

Cole Hammer
Matt Mabrey
Kyle Jones
Cole Hammer of Houston, Matt Mabrey of Little Rock, Kyle Jones of Snowflake, Arizona are all in the top-6 in Dallas. Hammer posted 132, while Mabrey and Jones had to sweat it out right until the end as they were tied for the last spot at 134.

Hammer, 15, wowed spectators and officials by posting 8-under 132. His 36 hole day was highlighted by a morning round of 64, the lowest of any player all day. Hammer is an incoming sophomore at the Kincaid School in Houston and will likely be the youngest player at Chambers Bay. You can't make this stuff up!

The Texas field that included several PGA Tour past winners (Steve Marino, Rod Pampling, Matthew Goggin) and ANY golfer who gets to this level in Texas knows how to play afternoon winds, and how to post a number. Look out Jordan Spieth - here comes "The Hammer" and he's already committed to attend University of Texas, starting -- believe it -- in 2018! results

Tumble Creek Club, Cle Elum, Wash. (50 players for 3 spots) results

Cheng-Tsung Pan
We really wanted to see Cheng-Tsung Pan make it into the Open, particularly at Chambers Bay in Washington where he played his college golf. Pressure? You betcha. Pan made an ace in his first round, on the 7th hole, but had no time to celebrate. Outside of the top 3 all day, he finished like someone who has been there before (he has, in 2013) by making birdies on 3 of his last 4 holes to finish as (likely) medalist at 138.


We wish all players in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying the best of luck. Fans can use the live leaderboard links next to each location to view scoring from each location. But the best way to view it is in person. If you have the time, I encourage you to visit the "location near your" and watch some of the best players that aren't exempt for the U.S. Open try to earn their way to Chambers Bay. Because it won't just be amateurs vying for spots, former U.S. Open winners like Retief Goosen (yup he has to qualify) and Fred Couples will be out there trying to qualify for another U.S. Open.


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Results For U.S. Open Golf Championship
Place  PtsScores
T27CABrian CampbellIrvine, CA80067-72-78-68=285
T42MDDenny McCarthyBurtonsville, MD50071-73-71-72=287
T42GAOliver SchniederjansPowder Springs, GA50069-73-72-73=287
T52ILNick HardyNorthbrook, IL50070-75-77-68=290
T58FLJack MaguireSt. Petersburg, FL50073-68-73-78=292

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