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Eleven Amateurs Qualify for U.S. Open

Eleven amateurs have advanced to the U.S. Open, to be played June 15-18 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California. Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open was held at fourteen sites: 12 in the U.S., one in England and one in Japan.

The eleven players are:

1. Jeff Wilson, 44, of Fairfield, CA, who advanced from the Daly City, CA qualifier by shooting 70-71--141. Wilson finished as the low amateur in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

2. Jordan Cox, 20, of Redwood City, CA, a sophomore at Stanford University and former U.S. Junior runner-up, who also advanced from the Daly City, CA qualifier by shooting 70-71--141.

3. Derek Fathauer, 22, of Jensen Beach, FL, a senior at the University of Louisville, who advanced from the Columbus, OH qualifier by finishing third at 67-68--135.

4. Kevin Tway, 19, of Edmond, OK, a freshman at Oklahoma State University and a former U.S. Junior champion, who also advanced from the Columbus, OH qualifier by shooting 68-68--136. Kevin is the son of former PGA Champion Bob Tway.

5. Kyle Stanley, 20, of Gig Harbor, WA, a sophomore at Clemson University and a member of the winning 2007 U.S. Walker Cup Team, who also advanced from the Columbus, OH qualifier by shooting 71-66--137.

6. Nick Taylor, 20, of Abbottsville, B.C., Canada, the reigning Canadian Amateur champion and a sophomore at the University of Washington, who was the medalist at the Creswell, OR qualifier, shooting 70-68--138 to win by two shots. Just two days earlier, Taylor finished as runner-up in the NCAA Championships in Indiana.

7. Jimmy Henderson, 34, of Lebanon, OH, a reinstated amateur who took the last spot of the Columbus, OH #2 qualifier in a playoff after shooting 71-65--136.

8. Rickie Fowler, 19, of Murrieta, CA, a freshman at Oklahoma State University and a member of the winning 2007 U.S. Walker Cup Team, who was the first alternate from the Columbus qualifier after shooting 66-73--139 and coming up short in a 11-players-for-7-spots playoff. Fowler had to wait two days to find out that he would be in the U.S. Open field, which came about when former PGA champion Shaun Micheel withdrew.

9. Michael Quagliano, 21, White Plains, NY, who will captain the Duke University golf team next season after sitting out virtually all of the 2007-08 season. He got into sectional field at Colonial Country Club in Cordova, Tenn., as first alternate from West Nyack, N.Y., local qualifier; then shot 64-68 to earn one of the 14 available spots.

10. Michael Thompson, 23, of Tucson, Ariz, a senior at the University of Alabama joins the field courtesy of his runner-up finish at the 2007 U.S. Amateur (Colt Knost won that event, but failed to advance from the Lake Forest, IL, qualifier after turning pro). A finalist for the Ben Hogan award (which was won by Fowler) and winner of the 2007 Greystone Invitational, Thompson was a First-Team All-American in 2008 and Second-Team in 2007.

11. Gary Wolstenholme, 47, of England, a two-time British Amateur champion and a six-time Walker Cupper for Great Britain & Ireland, who was the first alternate from the Surrey, England qualifier after shooting 68-71--139, and got into the field two days before the start of the tournament when Sean O'Hair withdrew.


For complete U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying results, click here.

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