Meet the Amateurs in the 2024 U.S. Open
Gordon Sargent was the 2023 U.S. Open low amateur (USGA Photo)
Gordon Sargent was the 2023 U.S. Open low amateur (USGA Photo)

16 amateurs will tee off on Thursday, June 13th, for the 124th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort No. 2, hoping to win low amateur honors and contend against the world's top players. 

Everyone from the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings to a high school teacher will look to play the weekend in North Carolina.

Here are the 16 amateurs:

Parker Bell – After some close calls last year, Parker Bell advanced in Dallas through a 7-for-6 playoff and will be making his U.S. Open debut at Pinehurst. Bell recorded four top-ten finishes this season for the Florida Gators.

Gunnar Broin – Broin was the medalist in his local qualifying and advanced through final qualifying to the U.S. Open. He finished in solo fifth place at the 2023 Minnesota Amateur and the final 16 of the 2023 North and South Amateur at Pinehurst, so he has experience on the course.

Jackson Buchanan – The Illinois standout has put together one of the best collegiate seasons of anyone this year, winning the Duck Invitational and recording eight top-ten finishes this golf season. Buchanan shot 13-under in 36 holes at the Georgia qualifying spot to earn medalist honors. 

Luke Clanton – Clanton was one of the top players in collegiate golf this season, winning three straight times in 2024 and making the match play at the 2023 U.S Amateur and 2023 North & South Amateur. Clanton also finished runner-up at the 2024 NCAA Championships. 

Santiago De La Fuente – De La Fuente won the 2023 Latin America Amateur to earn his spot at the U.S. Open. De La Fuente also made his PGA Tour debut this season and was able to play in the Master's Tournament.

Stewart Hagestad – One of the top Mid-Amateur golfers in the world, Hagestad earned his spot in the field after winning his third U.S. Mid-Amateur. Hagestad also won the 2023 Crump Cup and 2024 Azalea Invitational. Hagestad is ranked No. 3 in the AmateurGolf.com Mid-Amateur Rankings.

Ben James – The 2023 Walker Cupper and Virginia standout earned medalist honors in final qualifying and won the 2023 South Beach International. He also made the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur.

Bryan Kim – Kim won the 2023 U.S. Junior to earn his spot at Pinehurst as he is coming off his freshman season at Duke. The Maryland native defeated Joshua Bai in the final match.

Ashton McCulloch – McCulloch finished T3 at the Big Ten Championships for Michigan State and recently participated in the Canadian Open, making his PGA Tour debut. He won the 2023 Canadian Amateur to earn his spot in the Tour field. 

Omar Morales – The UCLA standout hit the first tee shot at the 2023 U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club and will be back to tee it up at Pinehurst after advancing through final qualifying.

Colin Prater – The 29-year-old science teacher and high school golf coach has already played in the 2024 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Now, he is heading to the U.S. Open after advancing through final qualifying.

Gordon Sargent – The 2023 U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club low amateur and the No. 1 ranked amateur in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings, Sargent is back in the U.S. Open and ready to use the experience from last year for an even better showing this year. 

Neal Shipley – Shipley earned his spot in the U.S. Open after finishing runner-up in the 2023 U.S. Amateur to Nick Dunlap. Shipley put together an awesome 2024, winning the Southwestern Invitational, earning low-amateur honors at the 2024 Masters Tournament, and helping Ohio State to a semifinal finish at the NCAA Championships. 

Hiroshi Tai – The Georgia Tech golfer made major headlines at the NCAA Division I championships, winning the individual title over big names such as Gordon Sargent, Luke Clanton, Jackson Koivun, and others. He will be teeing it up at Pinehurst with his win at La Costa.

Brendan Valdes - Valdes made the field as an alternate after helping lead Auburn to its first national championship in the programs history.

Wells Williams – Joining his teammate Gordon Sargent in the field, Williams was one of the ten amateurs to qualify for the championship through final qualifying. 


The U.S. Open is the biggest of the 14 national championships conducted by the USGA. Open to amateurs and professionals.

The USGA intends to make the U.S. Open the most rigorous, yet fair, examination of golf skills, testing all forms of shot-making. The USGA prepares the course after careful consideration of 14 different factors.

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