U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying: The Road to Pebble Beach
03 Jun 2019
by Chris Brauner of AmateurGolf.com

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

U.S. Open Sectional qualifiers will be held Monday around the country with 927 players (including over 200 amateurs) competing over 36 holes to advance to the championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

8602 players entered local qualifying, with 500 successful qualifiers joining exempt players in the sectionals.

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

AmateurGolf.com takes a closer look at each of the 12 qualifying sites, with key pros and amateurs to watch on "Golf's Longest Day".

Chun An Yu Isaiah Salinda Jeff Wilson
Chun An Yu, Isaiah Salinda, Jeff Wilson
Newport Beach, California >> RESULTS

Courses: Big Canyon CC, Newport Beach CC
Field Size: 99 Amateurs: 44

Professionals to Watch:
Justin Suh (former amateur #1 who has just turned professional), Cameron Tringale

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Chun An Yu, Chinese Taipei - World #3 and Master of the Amateurs champion
  • Isaiah Salinda, S. San Francisco, Calif. - World #6 and Pacific Coast Amateur champion
  • Jeff Wilson, Fairfield, Calif. - 2018 U.S. Senior Amateur champion
  • Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif. - 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
  • Bobby Bucey, Concord, Calif. - 2018 California Amateur champion
  • John Sawin, San Francisco, Calif. - 2018 Stocker Cup champion
  • Alex Lee, Sacramento, Calif. - 2017 Memorial Amateur champion
  • Daulet Tuleubayev, New York - Member of the 2019 Stanford NCAA Championship team
William Gordon Luis Gagne Tyler Strafaci
William Gordon, Luis Gagne, Tyler Strafaci
Streamsong, Florida >> RESULTS

Course: Streamsong Resort (Black Course)
Field Size: 56 Amateurs: 23

Professionals to Watch:
Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, former U.S. Amateur champion Bubba Dickerson

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Will Gordon, Davidson, N.C. - World #8 who won the Florida Gators Invitational and Tavistock Collegiate for Wake Forest University
  • Luis Gagne, Orlando, Fla. - World #14 and low amateur in last year's U.S. Open
  • Tyler Strafaci, Davie, Fla. - World #27, grandson of 1935 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Frank Strafaci
Spencer Ralston Alex Smalley Chandler Eaton
Spencer Ralston, Alex Smalley, Chandler Eaton
Ball Ground, Georgia >> RESULTS

Course: Hawks Ridge Golf Club
Field Size: 67 Amateurs: 36

Professionals to Watch:
Brendon De Jonge, D.J. Trahan, Doug Ghim (2018 U.S. Amateur runner-up), Ollie Schniederjans

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Spencer Ralston, Gainesville, Ga. - World #18 and the Linger Longer Invitational champion
  • Alex Smalley, Wake Forest, N.C. - World #19 and the Sunnehanna Amateur champion
  • Chandler Eaton, Alpharetta, Ga. - World #19 and the 2018 Nike Golf Collegiate champion
  • Thomas Walsh, High Point, N.C. - World #24 and the Porter Cup champion
  • Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher, Okla. - World #92 and 2017 Patriot All-America champion
  • Nick Lyerly, Salisbury, N.C. - 2018 Eastern Amateur champion
  • Derek Busby, Ruston, La. - 2017 Crane Cup champion and Gasparilla Invitational runner-up
Garrett Rank Karl Vilips Gabe Lench
Garrett Rank, Karl Vilips, Gabe Lench
Rockville, Maryland >> RESULTS

Course: Woodmont Country Club
Field Size: 62 Amateurs: 21

Professionals to Watch:
Robert Allenby, Vaughn Taylor, Billy Hurley III, Erik Compton

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Garrett Rank, Canada - #3 ranked mid-amateur and NHL hockey referee
  • Karl Vilips, Australia - 2017 Southern Amateur champion
  • Gabe Lench, Lake Mary, Fla. - current Florida Amateur champion
John Augenstein John Pak Matt Parziale
John Augenstein, John Pak, Matt Parziale
Purchase, N.Y. >> RESULTS

Course: Century CC & Old Oaks CC
Field Size: 73 Amateurs: 21

Professionals to Watch:
Gary Nicklaus, J.J. Henry, Jim Herman, Kelly Kraft (2011 U.S. Amateur champion)

Amateurs to Watch:
  • John Augenstein, Owensboro, Ky. - World #9 and The Players Amateur champion
  • John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J. - World #39 and ACC Conference champion
  • Cameron Young, Scarborough, N.Y. - World #56 and winner of the Augusta Invitational and General Hackler Collegiate
  • Matt Parziale, Brockton, Mass. - 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and low amateur in last year's U.S. Open
  • Scott Harvey, Kernersville, N.C. - 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and current Coleman Invitational champion
  • Mike McCoy, W. Des Moines, Iowa - 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and 2018 Trans-Miss Senior champion
  • Brett Boner, Charlotte, N.C. - 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up
Cole Hammer Collin Morikawa Akshay Bhatia
Cole Hammer, Collin Morikawa, Akshay Bhatia
Columbus, Ohio >> RESULTS

Course: Brookside G&CC and Scioto CC
Field Size: 120 Amateurs: 22

Professionals to Watch:
Steve Stricker, Luke Donald, Max Homa, Cameron Champ, Jason Dufner, Aaron Baddeley, Jhonattan Vegas, Jonas Blixt, Charley Hoffman, Scott Piercy, Ryan Moore, Nick Watney, Jason Kokrak, Bill Haas, Russell Henley, Russell Knox, Danny Lee, Pat Perez, Sam Saunders, Kevin Streelman, Harold Varner III, Braden Thornberry (2018 AmateurGolf.com Player-of-the-Year), Maverick McNealy (former #1 ranked amateur)

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas - World #4 and Western Amateur champion, U.S. Amateur semifinalist
  • Collin Morikawa, La CaƱada Flintridge, Calif. - World #5 and Pac-12 Conference champion, former Northeast Amateur and Sunnehanna Amateur champion
  • Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C. - #1 ranked junior and Jones Cup champion
  • Brandon Wu, Scarsdale, N.Y. - World #22 and member of the 2019 Stanford NCAA Championship team, former Porter Cup champion
Will Grimmer Brad Dalke Austin Squires
Will Grimmer, Brad Dalke, Austin Squires
Springfield, Ohio >> RESULTS

Course: Springfield Country Club
Field Size: 73 Amateurs: 28

Professionals to Watch:
Corey Connors (2014 AGC Player of the Year), Zac Blair, Troy Merritt

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Will Grimmer, Cincinnati, Ohio - World #47 who made the cut in last year's U.S. Open
  • Brad Dalke, McKinney, Texas - Former U.S. Amateur runner-up who made the winning putt for Oklahoma in the 2017 NCAA Championship
  • Austin Squires, Union, Ky. - World #52 who made the quarterfinals in last year's U.S. Amateur
Alejandro del Rey Joe Highsmith
Alejandro del Rey, Joe Highsmith
Walla Walla, Washington >> RESULTS

Course: Wine Country Golf Club
Field Size: 55 Amateurs: 19

Professionals to Watch:
Michael Putnam, Kevin Stadler, Philip Knowles (2017 Players Amateur champion who just turned pro)

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Alejandro del Rey, Spain - World #33 and World Amateur Team individual champion
  • Joe Highsmith, Lakewood, Wash. - World #145 and 2017 Washington State Amateur champion
David Micheluzzi Daniel Hillier Alex Fitzpatrick
David Micheluzzi, Daniel Hillier, Alex Fitzpatrick
Surrey, England >> RESULTS

Course: Walton Heath Golf Club
Field Size: 120 Amateurs: 9

Professionals to Watch:
Lee Westwood, Thomas Pieters, Bernd Wiesberger, Andy Sullivan, Andrew (Beef) Johnston

Amateurs to Watch:
  • David Micheluzzi, Australia - World #12 who won the 2018 Australian Master of the Amateurs and finished 5th in the Australian Open
  • Daniel Hillier, New Zealand - World #13 and two-time winner of the New Zealand Amateur
  • Alex Fitzpatrick, England - World #56 who made the quarterfinals of last year's U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach
Chris Crisologo
Chris Crisologo
Milton, Ontario, Canada >> RESULTS

Course: RattleSnake Point Golf Club
Field Size: 38 Amateurs: 5

Professionals to Watch:
Padraig Harrington, Ryan Palmer, Cameron Davis, Ricky Barnes, Harris English, Ben Crane

Amateurs to Watch:
  • Chris Crisologo, Canada - Winner of the 2018 and 2019 South American Amateur, plus the 2018 British Columbia Amateur

Austin Eckroat Bryson Nimmer Pierceson Coody
Austin Eckroat, Bryson Nimmer, Pierceson Coody
Dallas, Texas >> RESULTS

Course: Bent Tree CC & Northwood Club
Field Size: 102 Amateurs: 29

Notable Professionals in the Field:
Mike Weir (qualified), Scottie Scheffler (qualified), Brian Harman, McKenzie Hughes, Martin Laird, Andrew Landry, Spencer Levin

Notable Amateurs in the Field:
  • Austin Eckroat, Edmond, Okla. - World #17 and member of the Oklahoma State 2018 NCAA Championship team (QUALIFIED)
  • Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton, S.C. - World #10 and winner of four college tournaments for Clemson this season
  • Pierceson Coody, Plano, Tex. - World #32 and South Beach International Amateur champion
  • Joey Savoie, Canada - World #35 who won the 2017 Tailhade Amateur in Argentina
  • Trent Phillips, Inman, S.C. - World #39 who won the 2016 Palmetto Amateur
  • Chandler Phillips, Huntsville, Tex. - World #56 who has won a college tournament in each of the last four years
  • Garett Reband, York, S.C. - World #77 and a member of the 2017 Oklahoma NCAA Championship team
The 12th Sectional Qualifier was held in Japan. >> 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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