U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying: The Road to Shinnecock Hills
04 Jun 2018
by Chris Brauner of AmateurGolf.com

see also: U.S. Open Final Qualifying, Various sites across the United States

SOUTHAMPTON, NY (June 4, 2018) - U.S. Open Sectional qualifiers will be held Monday around the country with 860 players (including over 200 amateurs) competing over 36 holes for 77 spots into the championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

Related: FINAL: U.S. Open Local Qualifying Roundup

AmateurGolf.com takes a closer look at each of the eleven qualifying sites, with the key professionals and amateurs to watch on one of the more grueling and competitive days of the year.

Collin Morikawa Shintaro Ban Justin Suh
Collin Morikawa, Shintaro Ban, Justin Suh
San Francisco, California >> RESULTS

Courses: Lake Merced GC, Olympic Club (Ocean)
Field Size: 86 Amateurs: 34

Professionals to Watch:
Todd & Andy Miller (sons of Johnny Miller), Kevin Sutherland, Byron Meth (former U.S. Public Links champ, Max Homa (former Walker Cupper)

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Collin Morikawa, La CaƱada Flintridge, CA - Current World #2 who won last year's Northeast Amateur and was a member of the winning U.S. Walker Cup team
  • Shintaro Ban, San Jose, CA - Current World #3 who won three college tournament this spring for UNLV
  • Justin Suh, San Jose, CA - World #6 who won six college tournaments this year for USC
  • Sahith Theegala, Chino Hills, CA - World #27 and winner of last year's Sahalee Players Classic
  • Brandon Wu, Scarsdale, NY - World #32 and winner of last year's Porter Cup
  • Alex Lee, Gold River, CA - winner of last year's Memorial Amateur
  • Chun An Yu, Chinese Taipei - World #26 and quarterfinalist in last year's U.S. Amateur
  • Jordan Miller, Anchorage, AK - The only player to qualify from the state of Alaska
  • Thomas Lehman, Scottsdale, AZ - Son of former British Open champion Tom Lehman
Andy Zhang Tyler Strafaci
Andy Zhang, Tyler Strafaci
Jupiter, Florida >> RESULTS

Course: The Bear's Club
Field Size: 48 Amateurs: 14

Professionals to Watch:
Robert Allenby, Sam Saunders, Tyson Alexander, Cameron Tringale (former Walker Cupper), Cristian DiMarco (son of Chris DiMarco)

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Andy Zhang, Winter Garden, FL - World #27 who won the SEC Championship and NCAA Southeast Regional for the University of Florida
  • Tyler Strafaci, Davie, FL - World #44, grandson of 1935 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Frank Strafaci
  • Claudio Correa, Chile - Winner of the American Athletic Conference Championship
Garrett Rank Joseph Deraney
Garrett Rank, Joseph Deraney
Roswell, Georgia >> RESULTS

Course: Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course)
Field Size: 43 Amateurs: 20

Professionals to Watch:
Gene Sauers, Scott McCarron, D.J. Trahan, Kyle Reifers, Tadd Fujikawa, Roberto Castro

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Garrett Rank, Canada - #3 ranked mid-amateur and NHL hockey referee
  • Joseph Deraney, Lexington, KY - #9 ranked mid-amateur who won the Carlton Woods Invitational and Timuquana Cup in the same week last month
  • S.M. Lee, Dacula, GA - won the NAIA Championship by 8 shots
Sean Knapp Mark Lawrence, Jr.
Sean Knapp, Mark Lawrence, Jr.
Rockville, MD >> RESULTS

Course: Woodmont Country Club
Field Size: 53 Amateurs: 13

Professionals to Watch:
Billy Hurley III, Nicholas Thompson, Jason Gore, Rafael Campos

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Sean Knapp, Oakmont, PA - reigning U.S. Senior Amateur champion
  • Mark Lawrence, Jr., Richmond, VA - World #84 and 2017 U.S. Amateur semifinalist
Theo Humphrey Lloyd Jefferson Go Stewart Hagestad
Theo Humphrey, Lloyd Jefferson Go, Stewart Hagestad
Summit, NJ >> RESULTS

Course: Canoe Brook Country Club
Field Size: 81 Amateurs: 27

Professionals to Watch:
Johnson Wagner, Dudley Hart, Abraham Ancer, Wyndham Clark, Ron Oppenheim

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Theo Humphrey, Greenwich, CT - World #5 who was a semifinalist in last year's U.S. Amateur
  • Lloyd Jefferson Go, The Philippines - World #36 who won last year's Dogwood Invitational
  • Stewart Hagestad, New York, NY - #6 ranked mid-amateur who won the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur and was the low amateur in the 2017 Masters
  • Scott Harvey, Kernersville, NC - #11 ranked mid-amateur who won the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur
Zach Bauchou Kristoffer Ventura
Zach Bauchou, Kristoffer Ventura
Columbus, OH >> RESULTS

Courses: Brookside Golf & CC, Lakes Golf &CC
Field Size: 120 Amateurs: 30

Professionals to Watch:
Adam Scott, Vijay Singh, Kevin Na, Russell Knox, Keegan Bradley, Martin Laird, Aaron Baddeley, Stewart Cink, Ryan Moore, Emiliano Grillo, Kevin Streelman, Nick Watney, Danny Lee, Joaquin Niemann, Cameron Davis, Patton Kizzire, Robert Streb, Harold Varner, Beau Hossler, Brian Gay, Ted Potter Jr., Pampling, Ollie Schniederjans, Erik Compton, Andrew Landry, Patrick Rodgers, Jamie Lovemark, Spencer Levin, Shane Lowry, Scottie Scheffler, Maverick McNealy

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Zach Bauchou, Forest, VA - World #7 who won last year's Canadian Amateur and who was a member of the winning NCAA Championship Oklahoma State University
  • Kristoffer Ventura, Norway - World #33 who was a member of the winning NCAA Championship Oklahoma State University
Kyle Mueller
Kyle Mueller
Springfield, OH >> RESULTS

Course: Springfield Country Club
Field Size: 65 Amateurs: 28

Professionals to Watch:
James Hahn, Doc Redman (last year's U.S. Amateur champion), Dylan Meyer, Corey Conners (2014 AmateurGolf.com Player of the Year)

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Kyle Mueller, Athens, GA - World #9 who won three college tournaments this spring for Michigan, including the NCAA Midwest Regional
Portland, OR >> RESULTS

Course: Portland Golf Club
Field Size: 81 Amateurs: 18

Professionals to Watch:
Mike Weir, Tyler McCumber, Charlie Beljan (former U.S. Junior champion), Jack Newman (former U.S. Public Links champion)

Braden Thornberry John Augenstein Brad Dalke
Braden Thornberry, John Augenstein, Brad Dalke
Memphis, TN >> RESULTS

Courses: Ridgeway CC, Colonial CC (South Course)
Field Size: 117 Amateurs: 18

Professionals to Watch:
Geoff Ogilvy, Retief Goosen, Steve Stricker, J.B. Holmes, Hunter Mahan, Aaron Wise, Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk, Matt Jones, Ben Crane, Scott Piercy, Scott Stallings, Rory Sabatini, Troy Merritt, Shaun Micheel, Arjun Atwal, Matt Every, Wesley Bryan, Harris English, J.J. Henry, Sam Burns, Norman Xiong (2018 Jack Nicklaus Award winner who just turned pro)

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Braden Thornberry, Olive Branch, MS - World #4 (was #1 for nearly a year) who won last year's NCAA Championship, Jones Cup and Sunnehanna Amateur
  • John Augenstein, Owensboro, KY - World #15 who won the Mason Rudolph Championship earlier this spring for Vanderbilt
  • Brad Dalke, McKinney, TX - World #23 who made the winning putt as the Oklahoma Sooners won the 2017 NCAA Championship
  • Hayden Buckley, Tupelo, MS - World #25 who won the New Year's Invitational and two college tournaments for the University of Missouri this spring
  • Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, MS - World #38 who won the Olympia Fields Invitational and led Alabama to a runner-up finish in the NCAA Championship
  • Grant Hirschman, Memphis, TN - World #48 who won the Big 12 Championship for Oklahoma
  • Patrick Martin, Birmingham, AL - World #66 who won last year's Schenkel Collegiate for Vanderbilt
Matthew Wolff Viktor Hovland Chandler Phillips
Matthew Wolff, Viktor Hovland, Chandler Phillips
Richmond, Texas >> RESULTS

Course: Shadow Hawk Golf Club
Field Size: 52 Amateurs: 21

Professionals to Watch:
Angel Cabrera, Cameron Champ, Steven Bowditch

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Matthew Wolff, Agoura Hills, CA - World #16 who won the Phil Mickelson Award as the nation's best college freshman, and made the clinching putt for the NCAA Champion Oklahoma State Cowboys
  • Viktor Hovland, Norway - World #22 who won the Valspar Collegiate and was a member of the NCAA Champion Oklahoma State Cowboys
  • Chandler Phillips, Huntsville, TX - World #14 who won four college tournaments for Texas A&M this season
  • Blaine Hale, Dallas, TX - World #60 who won last year's Cotton States Invitational
  • Alvaro Ortiz, Mexico - World #68 who was the runner-up in this year's Latin America Amateur
  • Braden Bailey, Groves, TX - World #70 who won the Arizona Intercollegiate for Baylor University
Matthew Jordan David Micheluzzi
Matthew Jordan and David Micheluzzi
Surrey, England >> RESULTS

Course: Walton Heath Golf Club
Field Size: 120 Amateurs: 5

Professionals to Watch:
Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, Thomas Pieters, Andrew "Beef" Johnston, David Howell, Paul Dunne, Edoardo Molinari, Thorbjorn Olesen, Marcel Siem, Richie Ramsay, Andres Romero

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Matthew Jordan, England - World #12 who won this year's Lytham Trophy and last year's St. Andrew Links Trophy
  • David Micheluzzi, Australia - World #42 who won this year's Master of the Amateurs and was runner-up in the Australian Amateur
  • Todd Clements, England - World #62 who won this year's European Nations/Sotogrande Cup
The 12th Sectional Qualifier was held in Japan on May 21. Results >>

ABOUT THE U.S. Open Final Qualifying

Final 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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