VARIOUS SITES, USA - U.S. Open qualifying is underway, as golfers from across the country and across the world try to punch their ticket to the 118th U.S. Open Championship in June at Shinnecock Hills GC in Southampton, N.Y.
A total of 8537 professional and amateur golfers are competing for 500 spots across 112 local qualifying sites. Successful qualifiers move on to one of 12 sectional qualifying sites--ten in the U.S., one in England and one in Japan.
Highlights from local qualifying include:
Georgia Tech sophomore Andy Ogletree
(Little Rock, MS) and Dalton State sophomore S.M. Lee
(Buford, GA) became the first two amateurs to advance to Sectional qualifying. Ogletree shot a 67 at Marietta CC in Kennesaw, GA to share medalist honors with two professionals, while Lee shot a 69 and then had to return to the course the next morning, advancing from a 6-for-3 playoff.
At the Plano, TX qualifier, amateurs took the top four spots, with UT-Arlington senior Aaron Guanlao
(Haslet, TX) medaling by three shots with a 66 at Gleneagles Country Club. Three other college players--Braden Bailey
(Baylor), Blaine Hale
(Oklahoma), and Drew Jones
(Texas)--also advanced, as did high schooler Turner Hosch.
Current University of New Mexico senior Gus Morantes
and UNM alum Chandler Smith-Stetson
shared medalist honors at the University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque, with rounds of 71.
(Kihei, HI) is a reinstated amateur who once competed on the forerunner of the Web.com Tour and who founded the Gateway Tour. Now living in Hawaii, the vice president of sales at the Makena Golf and Beach Club shot a 70 at Ka'anapali (Royal) Golf Course to take one of two spots at the Lahaina, HI qualifier.
Vanderbilt sophomore John Augenstein
and University of Illinois senior Dylan Meyer
took the top two spots at the St. Louis, MO qualifier, shooting 66 and 68 respectively at Old Warson Country Club. Both players are gearing up for next week's NCAA Regionals. Grant Milling (Bloomington, IL) took the final spot in a 4-for-1 playoff after a 71.
Erik Brubaker (Delmar, MD) punched his ticket to the Sectional round after coming out on top of a 3-for-1 playoff at Hidden Creek GC in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. He two putted for par on the third playoff hole, Hidden Creek’s finisher (par 4, 429 yards), to earn the berth over GAP amateurs Kevin Smith (first alternate) and Daniel Charen (second alternate). All three players shot 72 in regulation.
Tyson Turchanski, a third-year player at the University of Waterloo in Canada, was the lone amateur to advance from the Toronto, Canada qualifier.
At the Houston, TX qualifier where it took 5-under 67 just to qualify, Texas A&M University sophomore Josh Gliege
(Eagle, ID) shot a 64 to medal by one shot. Grant Schroeder
(Montgomery, TX) was the other amateur to advance, shooting 67 to advance to the Sectional.
, a senior at Rice University coming off of a win at the Conference USA Championship, shot a 66 at The Club at Comanche Trace to share medalist honors at the Kerrville, TX qualifier.
Amateurs took three of the six spots at the Kent, WA qualifier, with University of Washington freshman Noah Woolsey
(Pleasanton, CA) leading the field with a 6-under 66 at Meridian Valley Country Club. University of Seattle sophomore Zack Overstreet
(Issaquah, WA) was second with a 68, while mid-amateur Jacob Koppenberg
(Bellingham, WA) shot 69 to advance.
Five spots were available at the Westminster, CO qualifier, and amateurs took three, led by medalist John Murdock
of the University of Wyoming with a 68 at Walnut Creek Golf Preserve. Trevor Olkowski
(University of Colorado) and Josh Seiple
(Ole Miss) also qualified with 69s.
Lloyd Jefferson Go
Ams took five of eight spots at the West Orange, NJ qualifier. Gen Nagai
of Japan and Seton Hall University shot a 67 at Essex County Country Club, while Penn State sophomore Ryan Davis
and Wake Forest junior Cameron Young
shot 69. There was a five-way playoff for the final two qualifying spots, with Dogwood Invitational champion Lloyd Jefferson
Go and Yale University junior James Nicholas
Amateurs took three of the four spots at the Spring Lake, NJ qualifier, led by medalist Jack Wall, a South Carolina commit from Brielle, NJ, who shot 68 at Spring Lake Golf Club. Rutgers freshman Chris Gotterup
shot a 70, and mid-amateur Michael Stamberger
(Brielle, NJ) shot 71 and then won a three-way playoff for the last spot.
At Southampton (NY) Golf Club, University of Richmond senior Matthew Lowe
shot 66 to earn medalist honors, while mid-amateur Darin Goldstein
survived a 3-for-2 playoff to advance to the sectional round.
Northwestern University senior Sam Triplett
shot a 66 at South Bend CC to medal at the South Bend, IN qualifier. Trine University sophomore Grant McKay shot 67, while Notre Dame junior Miguel Delgado
68 and then took the final spot in a playoff.
Mid-amateur Michael Martin
(Scottsdale, AZ) was the only amateur to advance from the Scottsdale, AZ qualifier, shooting a 68 at Tonto Verde Golf Club.
University of North Florida junior Andrew Alligood
(67) and University of South Florida senior Claudio Correa
(69) took two of the four available spots at the Sarasota, FL qualifier at The Founders Golf Club.
At Riverside G&CC in Portland, OR, former University of Oregon player Sulman Raza
shot a 69, while former New Mexico State player Derek Baade
shot 70 to advance to sectionals.
Georgia Tech commit Connor Howe
and BYU sophomore Rhett Rasmussen
both shot 67 at Alpine Country Club to advance from the Highland, UT qualifier.
Georgia Tech sophomore Tyler Strafaci
was the only amateur to advance from the Plantation, FL qualifier, shooting 67 at Lago Mar Country Club.
Michigan State players Kaleb Johnson
(sophomore) and James Piot
(freshman), as well as University of Michigan senior Kyle Mueller
, were co-medalists at Muskegon (MI) Country Club with rounds of 69. Former Michigan State player Dan Ellis
(Lansing, MI) won a three-way playoff for the final spot after a round of 70.
UNLV junior Harry Hall
of England was the medalist at the Las Vegas, NV qualifier, shooting a 69 at Canyon Gate Country Club.
Fresno State junior and Memorial Amateur champion Alex Lee
(Sacramento, CA) shot a 66 to earn medalist honors at Fort Washington Golf & Country Club in Fresno, CA.
University of Florida junior Gordon Neale and Florida commit Joseph Pagdin
of England advanced from the Daytona Beach, FL qualifier, with Neale medaling with a 68 and Pagdin shooting 69.
At Cog Hill G&CC in Lemont, IL, amateurs swept the five available spots. Illinois Wesleyan freshman Rob Wuethrich was the medalist with a 69, followed by Northwestern University players Ryan Lumsden
and Dylan Wu
with 70s, former Northwestern player Ethan Farnam
with a 71, and Miami (Ohio) University junior Brian Ohr
with a 72, followed by a four-way playoff for the final spot.
University of Florida commit Tyler Wilkes
(Tampa, FL) won a four-man playoff for the final qualifying spot after shooting 2-under 69 at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Trinity, FL.
Amateurs took all five spots at the Pleasanton, CA qualifier at Ruby Hill Golf Club. Stanford University junior and Porter Cup champion Brandon Wu
medaled with a 66, three shots ahead of two Santa Clara University players, junior Derek Ackerman
and sophomore Matthew McCarty
. There was a 3-way playoff for the final two spots, from which University of San Francisco freshman Alex Chin
advanced, as did Stanford senior Franklin Huang
High schooler Turner Foster (East Hampton, NY) was the only amateur to advance from the Mount Kisco, NY qualifier, shooting a 71 at Mount Kisco Country Club.
Loyola Marymount commit Raymond Navis
shot a 68 to share medalist honors at Andalusia Country Club in La Qunita, CA. UCLA freshman Devondeep Bling
survived a 3-for-2 playoff to advance to the sectional qualifier.
Miami (Ohio) University commit Jack Ebner and University of South Dakota Matt Tolan
shot 70 at Troy Burne Golf Club to take two of the five spots available at the Hudson, WI qualifier. Iowa State freshman Frank Lindwall
took the last spot, winning a four-man playoff.
LSU junior Nathan Jeansonne
shot a 65 at Hot Springs Country Club (Arlington Course) to share medalist honors at the Hot Springs, AR qualifier.
UC Davis senior Evan Knight
was the co-medalist at the Brooks, CA qualifier, shooting 67 at Yocha Dehe Golf Club. 54-year-old Jeff Wilson
, who won the Southern California Mid-Amateur earlier this spring, advanced through a 4-for-3 playoff after a round of 68.
Oklahoma State University seniors Sam Stevens
and Kristoffer Ventura
took the top two spots at the Wichita, KS qualifier. The two showed why the Cowboys are the unanimous #1
team in the country, shooting 64 (-8) and 66 (-6) respectively.
At Orange Tree Golf Club in Orlando, FL, University of Florida freshman Chris Nido
medaled with a 69 and Alabama commit Canon Claycomb
qualified with a 70. But the big story was South Florida senior Cristian DiMarco
losing out to LSU senior Luis Gagne
for the final spot in the rarest of tiebreakers, the coin flip.
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Amateurs swept the five qualifying spots available at the Laytonsville, MD qualifier. Three were members of the Liberty University golf team, led by co-medalist Gabriel Lench
at 67, with Mickey DeMorat
at 68 and Mitchell Klooz
at 69. Mid-amateurs took the other two spots: former University of Maryland golfer Ben Warnquist
was co-medalist with Lench, and Jeffrey Long
, who works at the host club Blue Mash Golf Course, shot a 68 to advance for the first time after about a dozen tries.
UC Santa Barbara junior Nick Swanson
shot a 64 at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, CA to medal by three shots. High schooler Guy Clauss of Newport Beach, CA shot 67 to advance, as did Cal State Fullerton junior Matt Wilson
At Duke University Golf Club in Durham, NC, amateurs took all five qualifying spots. There were three co-medalists at 68: North Carolina State junior Stephen Franken
, UNCG junior Bryce Hendrix
, and UNCW sophomore Blake McShea
. Duke junior Alex Smalley
and high school freshman Jackson Van Paris
of Pinehurst, NC shot 69 to take the other two spots.
Note: Franken was named the ACC Player of the Year the day after the qualifier.
Robert Morris University sophomore Kyle Grube was the only amateur to advance from the Butler, PA qualifier, shooting 70 at Butler Country Club and getting through a 3-for-2 playoff.
Furman University sophomore Keller Harper
shot 66 at Columbia Country Club in Blythewood, SC to share medalist honors. University of South Carolina freshman Andrew Spiegler
shot 69 to advance to sectionals.
Four amateurs shot 67 and then competed in a playoff for the final three spots at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, CO. Colorado State University commit Davis Bryant, University of Northern Colorado commit Jack Castiglia, and University of Wyoming senior Glenn Workman
were the three who made it to sectional qualifying.
Auburn University junior Jacob Solomon
shot a 70 at Hombre Golf Club to take one of two available spots at the Panama City Beach, FL qualifier.
, a freshman at Vanderbilt University, shot 65 at Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, TN to take one of the five qualifying spots. University of Cincinnati junior Austin Squires
also shot 65, while Ott's freshman teammate Mason Greenberg
shot 66 to take the last spot.
Lipscomb University senior Eric Ansett
was the only amateur to advance from the Jackson, TN qualifier, shooting 5-under 67 at Jackson Country Club.
A day after taking three final exams, Boston College junior Matthew Naumec
was co-medalist along with former University of Rhode Island player David Spitz
at the Plymouth, MA qualifier, shooting 69 at Pinehills Golf Club.
Loyola University (Maryland) junior Erick Alonso
and Villanova commit Danny Dougherty were co-medalists after shooting 68 at Dupont Country Club in Wilmington, DE. For the final qualifying spot, a three-man playoff among two college players, Penn State senior Cole Miller
and University of Virginia sophomore Ashton Poole, and pro Zachary Lese, was stopped on the first hole by lightning before resuming the next morning. Miller prevailed on the fourth playoff hole.
Mid-amateur Andrew Von Lossow
(Spokane, WA) shot 71 at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, WA to earn one of the five spots available. Washington State senior Derek Bayley
took the last spot in a playoff after a 72
University of Arizona golfers took two of the three spots at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, AZ. Junior Travis Fredborg
and freshman Trevor Werbylo
both shot 68 and survived a 3-for-2 playoff for the final two spots.
University of Virginia junior Thomas Walsh
was the only amateur to advance from the Charlottesville, VA qualifier, shooting 69 at Farmington Country Club.
Cal Poly junior Thomas Lehman
and University of San Francisco sophomore Tim Widing
both shot 71 at the difficult La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, CA to advance to the sectional qualifying round.
University of Oklahoma senior Grant Hirschman
shot an 8-under 64 at Hurricane Creek Country Club in Anna, TX to medal by three shots. Oklahoma commit Logan McAllister took second with a 67. Baylor University sophomore Cooper Dossey
got through a massive 7-for-5 playoff after shooting a 68.
Three amateurs shared medalist honors at River Landing Country Club in Wallace, NC. North Carolina State teammates Benjamin Shipp
and Easton Paxton
, as well as mid-amateur Thomas Owen, shot 4-under 68. The last spot was earned by another NC State player, Christian Salzer
, who won a five-way playoff for the last spot on the 6th playoff hole.
Former pro Randy Leen
was the only amateur to advance from the Port St. Lucie, FL qualifier, shooting a 2-under 70 at The Legacy Golf & Tennis Club.
Dennis Bull (R) in the desert the day before qualifying
One day after winning the National Invitational Whisper Rock with partner Andrew Price, mid-amateur Dennis Bull
shot 68 at Glen Oaks Country Club to advance from the W. Des Moines, IA qualifier. Drake University commit Lucas Scherf also qualified with a 69.
Three amateurs advanced from the San Diego, CA qualifier. 19-year-old Daniel Kim
of Mexico was the medalist with a 69 at The Grand Golf Club, while USC commit Shane Ffrench and UC Riverside sophomore Tyler Moore
shot 70 to make it to sectionals.
Newberry College senior Spencer Skiff
shot a 67 at Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, NC to earn medalist honors. High school senior Thomas Deal and mid-amateur William Lincicome
both shot 69 and got through a 4-for-3 playoff.
The Cincinnati qualifier is the biggest in the country, with 168 players competing for 10 qualifying spots. Amateurs took 6 of the 10, led by medalist Brennen Walsh
, a former University of Cincinnati golfer who shot 6-under 65 to medal by four shots. Another former UC golfer, Hays Moreland
, and Ohio State junior Will Grimmer
also advanced with a 69. There was a massive 9-for-5 playoff (for those who shot 71) that started Monday evening and continued Tuesday morning, with amateurs taking the final three spots. DePaul University freshman Joe McCarthy, former University of Dayton player Nicolas Paxson
, and current Dayton senior Caleb Wolters
all worked overtime to get through the playoff and advance to the sectional round.
Notre Dame commit Andrew O'Leary shot a 69 and then survived a 4-for-3 playoff to qualify at Pawtucket (R.I.) Country Club.
University of Nebraska players took the only two spots available at Dakota Dunes Country Club in Dakota Dunes, SD. Juniors Jace Guthmiller
and Dylan McCabe
shot 71 to share medalist honors.
Former UC Riverside golfer Christian Rajcic
was the only amateur to advance from the Palm Desert, CA qualifier, shooting a 72 and then getting through a 3-for-2 playoff.
University of Iowa sophomore Ryoto Furuya
shot a 69 to share medalist honors with two professionals at Orange County National in Winter Garden, FL.
University of Virginia commit David Morgan
shot a 67 at Pelican Marsh Golf Club in Naples, FL to medal by one shot.
Amateurs took three of four available spots at Delaware Country Club in Muncie, IN. High school junior Peyton Snoeberger was the medalist with a 68, Ball State junior Timothy Wiseman
shot 69, and University of Indiana freshman Ethan Shepherd
shot 70 and made it out of a 3-for-2 playoff.
Radford senior and Rice Planters Amateur champion Myles Creighton
(Canada) was the medalist at The Wanderers Club in Wellington, FL, shooting a 68.
Former Georgia State player Tyler Gruca
was among three amateurs to advance from the McDonough, GA qualifier at Georgia National Golf Club. Gruca shot a 67, while Lee University sophomore Scott O'Dell shot 68. Furman University sophomore Matt Lehman
shot 69 and then birdied the first playoff hole to win a 3-way playoff for the final spot.
Recent Boise State graduate Kyle Mitsunaga took one of two available spots at the Caldwell, ID qualifier, shooting 66 at Timberstone Golf Course.
Mid-amateur Matt O'Quinn of Beaufort, SC won a four-man playoff for the final qualifying spot after shooting 70 at Belfair Plantation in Bluffton, SC.
Maryland State Golf Association photo
Recent Virginia Tech graduate Joey Lane
shot 3-under 68 at Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, MD to advance to the sectional round, along with teenager Michael Brennan
who shot 69.
Mid-am Chad Wilcox was the only amateur to advance from the Litchfield Park, AZ qualifier (there were 6 spots available), shooting 3-under 68 at the Wigwam Resort.
Michigan State commit Troy Taylor II shot a 70 at Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club in Powell, OH to take one of six available spots. West Virginia University senior Avery Schneider
qualified with a 70. Dayton University commit Blake Solomon shot a 71 to get into a 6-for-2 playoff, and birdied the second playoff hole to get the last qualifying spot.
2017 NCAA Division II champion Chandler Blanchet
, a senior at West Florida, shot a 72 at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, then advanced through a 3-for-2 playoff.
University of Florida commit Ricky Castillo
was the only amateur to get through the Palm Desert, CA qualifier, shooting 70 at Ironwood Country Club.
Oakland University commit Colin Sikkenga was the lone amateur to advance from the West Bloomfield, MI qualifier with a 70 at Knollwood Country Club. Sikkenga got through a 3-for-2 playoff to make it to the sectional round.
2017 Oklahoma Mid-Amateur champion Rob Laird
shot a 71 at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow, OK to take one of the five available qualifying spots. Oklahoma State University senior Brendon Jelley
and University of Central Oklahoma senior Eli Armstrong also shot 71 to advance.
Jordan Miller (L)
At the Palmer, Alaska qualifier, 11 players played for one spot. Jordan Miller, a 31-year-old financial analyst in Anchorage, shot a 2-under 70 at Palmer Golf Course to win by five shots. It is still early in the season in Alaska: “It was 47 degrees at the peak and probably blowing 25 off the glacier,” said Miller to Golf Digest. Miller prepared for the qualifier by hitting shots in a 90-yard dome.
Connor Sheehan, who is also on both the golf and wrestling teams at Millersville University, shot a 69 at the Country Club of York (Penn.) to share medalist honors. Mid-amateur Steve Kluemper shot 70 and also advanced.
University of Utah sophomore Jordan Costello
took the only qualifying spot at the Riverton, WY qualifier, shooting a 69 at Riverton Country Club.
In Lexington, KY, mid-amateur Joseph Deraney
's strong play continued, shooting 67 at Kearney Hills Golf Links and advancing to the sectional qualifier. Two weeks ago, Deraney won both the Carlton Woods Invitational and the Timuquana Cup in the same week
, a freshman at the University of Minnesota, was the medalist with a 67 at The Wilds Golf Club at Prior Lake, MN. Maxwell Tylke was second with a 68, and Bradley University junior Dan Lensing
shot 69 and then survived a 5-for-3 playoff to advance to the sectional round.
Former Furman University player Stephen Cerbara
and University of Minnesota freshman Evan Long
took the only two spots at Quicksilver Golf Club in Midway, PA, shooting rounds of 67 to share medalist honors.
became the fifth player on this year's Oklahoma State University golf team to qualify for sectionals, shooting a 69 at The Hills Country Club in Austin, TX.
Amateurs took all three spots at the Howey-in-the-Hills, FL qualifier, played at the Mission Inn & Resort. High school junior Dongjin Park of Korea shot a 67 to medal by two shots over Canadian mid-amateur Garrett Rank
. Liberty University commit Jonathan Yaun
took the third spot with a 70.
Florida Southern senior John Coultas
, the runner-up in last year's NCAA Division II Championship, shot a 68 to advance from the Country Club of Winter Haven (Fla.).
University of Nebraska junior Sean Song
became the third Cornhusker to advance to sectionals, going four under on his last seven holes to shoot 1-under 69 and earn medalist honors at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club. Creighton University freshman Nate Vontz shot 71 and then parred the first playoff hole to win a 3-way playoff for the final spot.
St. Joseph's University sophomore Richard Riva and mid-amateur Eric Williams
were co-medalists at the Moosic, PA qualifier, shooting 70s at Glenmaura National Golf Club.
There were five spots available at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, AZ, and five players shot 68 to share medalist honors. Two were amateurs: Arizona State freshman Koichiro Ishika
of Japan, and former New Mexico State golfer Ben Harden
Another Japanese player, Pacific University freshman Taiga Fujii
, advanced to sectionals with a 69 at Granite Bay (Calif.) Golf Club.
Amateurs took three of five spots at Thunderhawk Golf Club in Beach Park, IL. Former Northwestern University golfer Harley Abrams
shot 69, while SIUE junior Conor Dore and University of Wisconsin junior Jordan Hahn
shot 70 and got through a 3-for-2 playoff.
Sectional Qualifying will be held at 12 sites: 1 in Japan on May 21, 1 in England on June 4, and 10 in the United States on June 4. Each qualifier will be 36 holes in one day and successful qualifiers will punch their ticket to Shinnecock Hills and the 118th U.S. Open Championship, June 11-17, 2018.