U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Preview and Live Scoring
VARIOUS SITES, United States (June 6, 2016) -- If you're a long time avid golfer, you probably know someone who has played in a U.S. Open. Maybe you've played in one yourself like many of AmateurGolf.com's longtime members George Kelley of California and David Nelson of Nevada.

And if you've attended an Open, you know the feeling of seeing players whose names you've never heard of. Club pros, amateurs, and journeymen. There's always a story -- like Spencer Levin putting, and acing his way to a T13 finish at Shinnecock in 2004.

We've got you covered on the stories of the day, and the USGA has you covered on the live scoring. Let's take a look at the qualifying spots and what to watch:

DALY CITY, California -- Lake Merced Golf Club & The Olympic Club (Ocean Course)


Rico Hoey of USC finished just two behind Aaron Wise at the NCAA Championship at a very "U.S. Open-like" Eugene Country Club with lightning fast greens and healthy rough. He will find much of the same at The Olympic Club's Ocean Course and Lake Merced Country Club, with afternoon winds much like what he dealt with effectively in Oregon. Maverick McNealy hasn't been in his top form, but he advanced through Sectional in 2014 and would love to play on the big stage again.


Kaiwen Liu a Torrey Pines (San Diego) junior, just set the San Diego Section boys golf record by four shots with a 14-under-par 130. And we probably don't need to list some of the players who have gone through that program. Let's just start with Phil Mickelson. We also like Will Zalatoris (Texas) plus Californians Corey Pereira, Nahum Mendoza, and AmateurGolf.com Silicon Valley Am champ and Cal golfer Collin Morikawa.


JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- Timuquana Country Club


Let's start out with English ex-pat and University of Florida golfer Sam Horsfield, recent winner of the Phil Mickelson award (hey that's twice we've mentioned Phil in one story) for outstanding Division I freshman golfer. We've been following Sam since he shot 59 in the Orlando City as an amateur.


We'll also be keeping an eye out for Latin American Amateur champion Paul Chaplet, who played in the 2016 Masters. He didn't break 80 at Augusta, but that experience has likely given him the confidence he needs to play another major. And we would love to see 2014 U.S. Mid-Am champ Scott Harvey of North Carolina advance. He's got the game to do it.


ROSWELL, Georgia -- Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course)

While no immediate favorites stand out, we can point to two brothers playing, one as a pro and one as an amateur. Former collegiate and amateur standout Ollie Schniederjans of Alpharetta (now a pro) will be joined by his brother Luke, a high school junior who has committed to Georgia Tech to follow in Ollie's big footsteps. There is also another Schniederjans at Georgia Tech. Ben plays for the Yellowjacket's baseball team.


ROCKVILLE, Maryland -- Woodmont Country Club (North Course)

At a location where PGA Tour veterans like Woody Austin and Billy Hurley III will be vying for spots, we noticed that 2015 Monroe Invitational winner Adam Ball is in the field. The Virginia Commonwealth golfer also finished in the top 32 at the 2015 U.S. Amateur and could play well here. Also in the field is Ben Warnquist -- you might remember he and his partner Brandon Cigna lost in the finals at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball two weeks ago at Winged Foot.


SUMMIT, New Jersey -- Canoe Brook (North and South Courses)

There is a large field of amateurs in New Jersey, including Sean Crocker of California. The USC golfer lost a close semifinal match at the NCAAs, but is playing well. He's another past champion on the AmateurGolf.com Tour and you probably remember him for his fiery run at the 2015 U.S. Amateur. It would be only fitting if Cameron Young of New York advanced -- he was the last to get in at his Local Qualifier when he made eagle in a sudden- death playoff for the last spot.


POWELL, Ohio -- Wedgewood Golf & Country Club and Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club

This is one of the "Tour" qualifiers where non-exempt PGA Tour players who competed in the Memorial, may choose to qualify. As such, there are more spots available. Among a couple of dozen amateurs playing alongside pros like last year's NCAA and U.S. Am winner Bryson DeChanbeau, you'll find two names that stand out. Doug Ghim and Scottie Scheffler of University of Texas, coming off a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA finals last week, would love to find some redemption in the form of a spot at Oakmont.


SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Springfield Country Club

At Springfield Country Club, you'll find collegiate standouts like Charlie Danielson and Nick Hardy of Illinois, and Dylan Wu of Northwestern. Danielson qualified for the Northern Trust Open at Riviera and played very well there, finding himself in the top 10 after the first round. With that kind of experience, we like his chances. But we're going to also have our eye on Tee-K Kelly of Ohio State. Kelly won an individual berth at the NCAAs by winning the Central Regional tournament.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Germantown Country Club and Ridgeway Country Club

This is another of the "Tour Stop" qualifiers afforded extra spots because of the number of PGA Tour players who play on the Monday prior to the Fedex St. Jude Classic. We made the trip out to several PGA Tour veterans two years ago and couldn't believe the galleries -- there weren't any. With more spots available, some of the top amateurs like their chances and you'll want to keep an eye on LSU standout Sam Burns, Jordan Niebrugge (remember his T6 finish at the 2015 Open) plus Georgia's Lee McCoy and Alabama's Robbie Shelton.


HOUSTON, Texas -- Lakeside Country Club

Unfortunately, Beau Hossler's shoulder injury has forced him to withdraw from the Houston qualifier. Maybe Mid-Amateur Patrick Christovich of Louisiana can step up and grab one of the available spots here among a relatively small field.


VANCOUVER, Washington -- Royal Oaks Country Club

Can Sulman Raza's dream continue? Why not? After leading his Oregon team to victory with a playoff win over Taylor Funk at the NCAA Championship, how could Raza be flying on anything other than cloud 9? We wish him the best in his effort at Washington's Royal Oaks CC.


We will give you the complete wrap-up after the day concludes, and follow these amateur players as they attempt to make a run at the U.S. Open title.

Results For U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying
MedalistCAAaron WiseLake Elsinore, CA500
MedalistILNick HardyNorthbrook, IL500
QualifierGAKyle MuellerWatkinsville, GA400
QualifierWICharlie DanielsonOsceola, WI400
QualifierGARyan StachlerAlpharetta, GA400

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ABOUT THE U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open Championship. Played at various sites across the U.S. on the Monday a week and half before the U.S. Open. There is also a qualifier in Japan and in England. 36 holes of stroke play at each site.

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