LIVE: U.S. Open Final Qualifying: Follow 200-plus ams all day
04 Jun 2022
by Conner Penfold of AmateurGolf.com

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

Wrapping up May 23 was the last of 109 U.S. Open local qualifying tournaments, where mid-amateur Ryan Terry traveled from Tennessee to Palmer, Alaska to shoot 68 and claim the 580th and final spot in Final Qualifying.

Terry will join more than 200 other amateurs vying for the chance to compete at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. for the 122nd U.S. Open -- the site of amateur Francis Ouimet's historic 1913 U.S. Open triumph.

Nine 36-hole Final Qualifying tournaments will be underway on Monday, June 6, all but solidifying the field for the long-awaited return to Brookline. University of Texas junior Travis Vick eagled his 35th hole of the day at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas, Texas on May 23 to kick things off for the amateurs, punching the first non-professional ticket to the championship proper via qualifying.

RELATED: Travis Vick eagles his way into the U.S. Open at Dallas Final

Who will join Vick and advance through "Golf's Longest Day"? Here's a rundown of the top amateurs at each of Monday's nine qualifying sites.

The Olympic Club (Ocean Course) - San Francisco, Calif. (RESULTS)

The par-4 15th at The Olympic Club's Ocean Course (Olympic Club photo)

AmateurGolf.com will be on site to cover the 42 amateurs that make up the 100-player field at The Olympic Club's lesser-known but still spectacular Ocean Course, recently renovated by Tom Weiskopf following the 2012 U.S. Open. Pepperdine junior Dylan Menante leads the charge as the highest-ranked amateur in the field, coming in at 11 in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings thanks to individual titles at the Valspar Collegiate and Western Intercollegiate during the 2021-2022 season. Menante, who was exempt through locals, will have Waves company in the field, being joined by teammate and fellow Southern California native William Mouw.

15-year-old Jaden Dumdumaya of Fairfield, Calif., won his division at this year’s Drive, Chip & Putt national championship at Augusta National Golf Club. A sophomore at De La Salle High School in Concord, Dumdumaya made a 15-foot putt on the 18th green to secure the victory and scored 29 of a possible 30 points in the overall competition. His 1-under 71 at Ruby Hill G.C., in Pleasanton, Calif. earned him this spot in Final Qualifying.

Other Notable Amateurs: Preston Summerhays, Barclay Brown, Christian Banke, Thomas Hutchison

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Pronghorn Resort (Nicklaus Course) - Bend, Ore. (RESULTS)

Pronghorn Resort's Nicklaus Course (Pronghorn photo)

Just 66 players will be in Oregon's high desert for Final Qualifying at Pronghorn, and the group of 27 amateurs will again be highlighted by a Pepperdine University golfer. Joe Highsmith, who skated through locals with a 69 at Andalusia Country Club in California's desert, carded two additional 69s last year to help the Waves senior and No. 3-ranked amateur in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Rankings medal at last year's Final Qualifying, which he chose to play at Meadow Springs Country Club in his home state of Washington.

Other Notable Amateurs: Noah Goodwin, Noah Woolsey, Carson Barry, Yuki Moriyama

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Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club / Wedgewood G. & C.C. - Columbus, Ohio (RESULTS)

Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club (Kinsale Golf photo)

Easily the most star-studded amateur contingent amongst the nine remaining qualifiers is the Columbus, Ohio site as four of the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Top-10 players are in the 120-person field, additionally stacked with notable PGA Tour members including three-time major winner Padraig Harrington. Texas Tech's Ludvig Aberg (1), UNC's Nick Gabrelcik (2), Texas A&M's Sam Bennett (6), and Texas's Pierceson Coody (9) are the headliners at the pair of Columbus suburb private clubs just three miles apart.

Other Notable Amateurs: Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, Cole Hammer, Palmer Jackson, Gordon Sargent

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Springfield C.C. - Springfield, Ohio (RESULTS)

(Springfield C.C. photo)

Just an hour west of the Powell, Ohio courses is the Donald Ross gem of Springfield Country Club, where 29 amateurs will look to triumph over another slew of PGA Tour members. Ohio State sophomore Maxwell Moldovan, ranked 8th in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings, is the highest-ranked player in the field and will look to qualify for his first U.S. Open. AmateurGolf.com will have a staff member present at Springfield, as well.

Other Notable Amateurs: Adrien Dumont De Chassart, Mac McClear, Varun Chopra, Drew Goodman

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Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course) - Roswell, Ga. (RESULTS)

Hole 17 at Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek Course (Ansley G.C. photo)

Fittingly, University of Georgia senior Trent Phillips, ranked 4th in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings, will lead the way for the 21 amateurs competing one of two Southeast qualifiers. The Ansley Golf Club site is unique in that the 18-hole championship course to be played during the qualifier is roughly 25 miles north of the original midtown Atlanta golf club, which features just a nine-hole track.

60-year-old Gene Elliott, participant in 37 USGA championships over his impressive career, is in the field in search of his first U.S. Open appearance. Elliott, of Des Moines, Iowa, won the 2021 U.S. Senior Amateur and earned an exemption into Final Qualifying.

Other Notable Amateurs: Ross Steelman, Spencer Cross, David Ford, Ben Woodruff

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Old Oaks C.C. / Century C.C. - Purchase, N.Y. (RESULTS)

Old Oaks Country Club (Old Oaks C.C. photo)

The Northeast-most qualifying site will take place on the New York/Connecticut border as Old Oaks and Century country clubs share hosting responsibilities. Stanford sophomore Michael Thorbjornsen will represent the Cardinal as the top-ranked Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World ranked player in the field at No. 19. He'll be just three hours from his hometown Wellesley, Mass., just outside Boston, in pursuit of a true return home for the Open at Brookline.

Other Notable Amateurs: Derek Hitchner, Caleb Surratt, Caleb Manuel, Deven Ramachandran

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The Club at Admiral's Cove - Jupiter, Fla. (RESULTS)

(The Club at Admiral's Cove photo)

Wake Forest senior and younger brother of a seven-time European Tour winner, Alex Fitzpatrick will be on hand at Florida's traditional Final Qualifying site. Ranked No. 33 in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings, Fitzpatrick will hope to secure a spot at Brookline alongside Matt.

Other Notable Amateurs: Jackson Suber, Fred Biondi, Ryan Gerard, Albin Bergstrom

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Woodmont C.C. (North Course) - Rockville, Md. (RESULTS)

The North Course's 5th hole at Woodmont C.C. (USGA photo)

Woodmont's esteemed North Course, site of the 2020 U.S. Women's Amateur, will host the Mid-Atlantic's qualifier. Ranked 21st in the World on Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com's World Rankings is Wake Forest standout Michael Brennan, who will represent the Demon Deacons as the highest-ranked player in the 78-player field. The soon-to-be junior from Leesburg, Va., who earned a spot in this year's Genesis Invitational with his performance at the Collegiate Showcase, will be just 40 miles from home for this final qualifier.

Other Notable Amateurs: George Duangmanee, Thomas Ponder, Michael Sanders, Michael Shears

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There is also a single Final Qualifier in Canada, featuring pros like Brandon Hagy and Jonas Blixt. Canadian amateur Callum Tarren was just one shot back of Hagy after the first nine. RESULTS

Note: The number of advancing players through each site is announced to players at their location on Monday, June 6.

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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