U.S. Open Sectional: 10 Amateurs pass golf's ultimate test
07 Jun 2016
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Various sites across the United States, Nick Hardy Rankings

9 amateur qualifiers will join 2 exempt players at Oakmont
9 amateur qualifiers will join 2 exempt players at Oakmont
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, as most of the qualifying sites have completed play.


SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Springfield Country Club - Full Scoring>

Nick Hardy, Kyle Mueller, and Charlie Danielson

The Fighting Illini may not have gotten their Division I National Championship last week, but they showed plenty of fight today in Springfield, Illinois. Especially Nick Hardy, who birdied 4 of his last 5 holes to post an afternoon 64, winning medalist honors and the first of four spots. It will be Hardy's second- straight U.S. Open. Michigan golfer Kyle Mueller played very consistently -- his rounds of 68-67 put him a shot back, grabbing the second spot.

Hardy's Illinois teammate Charlie Danielson didn't have it so easy. After running three birdies in on Nos. 15-17, he bogeyed No. 18 to fall back into a playoff with PGA Tour player Tony Finau. He won it and captured the fourth spot. Now Illinois coach Mike Small will have two players to choose from when deciding who to caddie for.

1 Hardy, Nick (a) Northbrook, Ill. -6 70 64 134
T2 Mueller, Kyle (a) Watkinsville, Ga. -5 68 67 135
T2 Wilkes-Krier, Patrick Ypsilanti, Mich. -5 66 69 135
4 Danielson, Charles (a) Osceola, Wis. -1 69 70 139

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

Ryan Stachler

Talk about under the radar. South Carolina Gamecocks freshman Ryan Stachler didn't travel with the team to the NCAA Championship, but here he comes, out of nowhere firing an afternoon 65 and 8-under on the day to capture one of the three spots avaialable in Georgia. He'll drive back home, or back to school a happy man.

1 Bulle, Kent Glasgow, Ky. -11 69 64 133
2 Stachler, Ryan (a) Alpharetta, Ga. -8 71 65 136
3 Adams III, Frank Salisbury, N.C. -7 66 71 137

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

Chris Crawford

We're not sure which is worse. Trying to hold on to the last spot after bogeying the 16th and 17th holes like Christopher Crawford did, or having to watch from the clubhouse to hope for a playoff as Mike McCoy did. It turns out, Crawford's "control your destiny" position was better, as he came back from the bogey with a gutsy 45- foot birdie putt at the 18th hole (a par-5) to grab the last spot "clean." Unfortunately for AmateurGolf.com member McCoy, he finished a shot back lost a playoff for an alternate position.

T1 Herman, James Palm City, Fla. -2 67N 70S 137
T1 Oppenheim, Rob Orlando, Fla. -2 67S 70N 137
T3 Pope, Andy Orlando, Fla. -6 72N 66S 138
T3 Miller, Michael Brewster, N.Y. -2 68N 70S 138
T3 Hicks, Justin Wellington, Fla. 1 65S 73N 138
T3 Crawford, Christopher (a) Bensalem, Pa. 1 65S 73N 138
  Missed Cut          
  McCoy, Michael (a) Des Moines, Iowa -5 72N 67S 139

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Germantown Country Club and Ridgeway Country Club - Full Scoring>

Sam Burns

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. Sam Burns posted a 6- under total and then waited nervously to see how he would finish up. As it turned out, the LSU standout needed to head back out on the course for a 6-for-2 playoff. He captured one of the spots and is headed for Oakmont. Georgia's Lee McCoy entered as a pro, and signed with Callaway (announcing it on site). Unfortunately, he didn't advance, posting rounds of 69-75. But we have a feeling McCoy is going to do just fine as a pro.

T1 Trahan, D.J. Plano, Texas -11 69GC 62RC 131
T1 Gonzales, Andres Lakewood, Wash. -11 64GC 67RC 131
3 Hoge, Tom Fargo, N.D. -8 67GC 67RC 134
T4 Fathauer, Derek Jupiter, Fla. -7 69GC 66RC 135
T4 Landry, Andrew Austin, Texas -7 68RC 67GC 135
T4 Pride, Dicky Tuscaloosa, Ala. -7 67RC 68GC 135
T4 Henry, J.J. Ft. Worth, Texas -7 67RC 68GC 135
T4 Toms, David Shreveport, La. -7 66RC 69GC 135
T9 Burns, Sam (a) Shreveport, La. -6 67RC 69GC 136*
T9 Kang, Sunghoon Republic of Korea -6 67GC 69RC 136*

* won playoff

VANCOUVER, Washington -- Royal Oaks Country Club - Full Scoring>

Aaron Wise

NCAA Individual Champ Aaron Wise shot 30 on the back nine of his morning round to post 67 and followed up with a 33 on his first nine in the afternoon. Wise was 9-under on the day and captured the medalist position. He has turned professional and will make Oakmont in his pro debut.

1 Wise, Aaron (a) Lake Elsinore, Calif. -9 67 68 135
2 Howe, Travis Charlotte, N.C. -7 70 67 137
T3 Connelly, Austin Irving, Texas -6 67 71 138
T3 Marshall, Matt Carlton, Ore. -6 67 71 138
  Missed Cut          
T5 Wedel, Frederick (a) Roseville, Calif. -5 72 67 139

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

Justin Suh

Justin Suh of San Jose, a member of the USC golf team who finished T10 at the NCAA Championship, played two solid rounds of golf in San Francisco to easily capture one of the spots -- he was the only amateur to do so.

1 Tabuena, Miguel Luis Philippines -11 64LM 68O 132
T2 Suh, Justin (a) San Jose, Calif. -9 67LM 67O 134
T2 Main, Gregor Danville, Calif. -9 66O 68LM 134
T2 Anguiano, Mark Whittier, Calif. -9 66O 68LM 134
5 Raber, Tyler Davis, Calif. -7 69LM 67O 136
T6 Gazzolo, David Riverside, Calif. -6 69LM 68O 137
T6 Larson, Hunter Naalehu, Hawaii -6 68LM 69O 137
T6 Harkins, Brandon Scottsdale, Ariz. -6 68O 69LM 137
  Missed Cut          
  Smith, Scott Fallon, Nev. -5 74LM 64O 138
  Martin, Bryan Thousand Oaks, Calif. -5 70LM 68O 138
  Yang, Gunn (a) Republic of Korea -5 70LM 68O 138
  Zalatoris, William (a) Plano, Texas -5 68O 70LM 138

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

Scottie Scheffler

This is one of the "Tour" qualifiers where non-exempt PGA Tour players who competed in the Memorial went after a whopping 13 spots. Scottie Scheffler of University of Texas, coming off a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA finals last week, found himself tied for 9th. The problem is, there were six guys in that same position meaning he had to return to the course Tuesday at 7:30am to play against 5 pros in a 6-for-5 playoff. Yup, one of them will have to go home without a guaranteed spot in the Open. Bryson Dechambeau, former World No. 1 ranked amateur, finished in style in solo second at 9-under. So he's now got a 13th start in his quest to earn enough money for a 2017 Tour card.

UPDATE: Scheffler earned one of the qualifying spots and becomes the 9th amateur golfer to earn a spot through Sectional Qualifying.

HOUSTON, Texas -- Lakeside Country Club - Full Scoring>

Unfortunately, Beau Hossler's shoulder injury has forced him to withdraw from the Houston qualifier, where we figure he could have made a strong showing. No amateurs qualified (there were only three spots available) but Nick Heinen finished 5 back at 142.

ROCKVILLE, Maryland -- Woodmont Country Club (North Course) - Full Scoring>

No amateurs qualified in Rockville, but Cole Miller and J.D. Dornes of Pennsylvania played some very solid golf. The pair matched rounds exactly (71-69) to post 3-under and finish two strokes out of a playoff. And they both birdied the last hole, so no driving away wondering what might have been.


JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- Timuquana Country Club - Full Scoring>

Sam Horsfield

We've been following English ex-pat and University of Florida golfer Sam Horsfield -- recent winner of the Phil Mickelson award for outstanding Division I freshman golfer -- ever since he shot 59 in the Orlando City as an amateur. Now the University of Florida golfer is playing in his second straight U.S. Open, just like Nick Hardy of Illinois. He finished his rain-delayed round Tuesday morning (Hurrican Colin played brought heavy rain and winds to Jacksonville on Monday) and wound up in a 4-for- 2 playoff which he advanced through. Results follow:

1 Price, Aron (Australia) 69 66 135
2 Wilkinson, Tim 69 68 137
T3 Borchert, Matthew 68 70 138*
T3 Horsfield, Sam (a) 68 70 138*


Results For U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying
Place  PtsScores
1CAAaron WiseLake Elsinore, CA50067-68=135
T2CAJustin SuhSan Jose, CA40067-67=134
T9TXScottie SchefflerDallas, TX40069-68=137
T3EnglandSam HorsfieldEngland40068-70=138
2GARyan StachlerAlpharetta, GA40071-65=136

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