The road to the U.S. Open ended Tuesday
with sectional qualifying, the second and final
stage for U.S. Open hopefuls.
that, the field for the June 13-16 U.S. Open at
Merion Golf Club is complete.
The road is undoubtedly a long one ---
especially for amateurs. For those that took
the long route and made it through local and
sectional qualifying, they knew what was on
line. For others, who qualified on merits of
and past performances, the road to those
events was surely as arduous.
When the full field takes the tee, 10 amateurs
will be among
them. Here's a look at the amateurs in the
along with how they qualified:
- Reigning U.S. Amateur
- U.S. Amateur runner-
- 2012 Mark H.
- T4 Newport Beach, Calif.
- T4 Newport Beach, Calif. Sectional
- Medalist Bradenton, Fla.
- Co-medalist Ball Ground, Ga.
- 3rd Ball Ground, Ga.
- Co-medalist Purchase, NY
- 2nd Cle Elum, Wash.
SECTIONAL QUALIFYING COVERAGE &
There were 13
sectional sites - 11 in the U.S., one in
and one in Japan. The international qualifiers
took place on May 27.
Played over 36 holes in one day, sectional
qualifying is a test of skill and endurance, with
only a handful of available spots at each site -
the number of qualifying spots is determined
the quality and quantity of the field at each
location. With qualifying taking place at 11
sites around the country, U.S.-based sectional
qualifying is known as "golf's longest day."
The U.S. Open field was finally made
after Tuesday's playoffs were completed in
Amateur highlights from today's U.S.
sectional qualifying follow.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. --- Big Canyon
Club, Newport Beach Country Club
Talk about a whirlwind week for Max Homa
The Cal senior recently wrapped up his
career in bittersweet fashion, claiming NCAA
honors but feeling the defeat of the top-
losing in the semifinals.
Things looked up when he was named the
Golf Association's Player of the Month on the
of his play at the Pac-12 and NCAA
Homa got another boost Monday by claiming
one of just
five qualifying spots at the U.S. Open's west
Homa shot rounds of 66 (Newport Beach) and
Canyon) to sneak under the cut at 5-under
is joined by fellow collegiate star Cory
Washington. McEleyea (former SF City
and an amateurgolf.com member) double
bogeyed No. 9 before makin four straight
CLE ELUM, Wash. --- Tumble Creek
Washington star golfer Cheng-Tsung Pan
69-70--139 (1-under) to take one of two
Formerly the top-ranked NCAA player in the
Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Pan missed out on
by one shot but will b among those moving on
championship proper June 13-16 at Merion
Recent UNLV graduate Kevin
out by five shots. F
DALLAS, Texas --- Lakewood Country
A total of 68 players battled for four qualifying
and local knowledge ruled in Dallas.
Three Dallas-based pros, including former
and highly-ranked amateur Jordan Spieth
top spot at 8-under 134.
State player, was
amateur. He finished at 3-under 139. Other
amateurs failing to qualify included: Charles
, Bryson Dechambeau
MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- Colonial Country
Kentucky' Will Bishop was the low amateur in
that didn't push any into championship proper
16 at Merion Golf Club. The Wildcat senior
under and two shots out of the final qualifying
Reigning Dixie Amateur champion
and Alabama's Bobby Wyatt
top-ranked player in the Golfweek/amate
com Player Rankings
, finished four back
The top of the leaderboard featured
PGA Tour stars, including Kevin Sutherland,
Scott Langley and Scott Stallings. Ben Crane
qualifying by two shots. FU
COLUMBUS, Ohio --- Brookside Golf, The
Lakes Golf & Country Club
Only 15 spots were up for grabs in Ohio as
players took aim at a berth in the U.S. Open.
Charley Hoffman took medalist honors over a
field that looked more like a weekend on the
PGA Tour than a qualifying round.
Hoffman shot rounds of 65 (Lakes) and 68
(Brookside) to take top honors by one shot
David Hearn, Nicholas Thompson, Josh Teater
and Robert Karlsson
Other touring pros who made the cut were
David Lingmerth, Brandt Jobe, Brendan
Ted Potter Jr, Aaron Baddeley, Luke Guthrie
Sang Moon Bae.
Alabama standout Justin Thomas
amateur, firing rounds of 6-under 67-71. FULL RESULTS »
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio --- Springfield Country
Brian Stuard rolled to the top of the
leaderboard with rounds of 65-64, 11-under.
took medalist honors, finishing six shots
than Brandon Brown, the only other qualifier
from the location.
Mike Sorenson of Colorado State and Indiana's
Chase Wright were the low amateurs, finishing
13 shots off the pace. FULL RESULTS »
ST. LOUIS, Missouri --- Old Warson
Former Indiana Hoosier Brent Peaper missed a
spot in a two-man playoff by three shots at
midwest qualifying. Jay Don Blake of Utah
rounds of 71-68 (3-under) to take medalist
Mackenzie Hughes and Travis Johns battled for
positioning with Hughes winning a playoff for
the No. 2 qualifying spot. FULL RESULTS »
BRADENTON, Fla. --- Ritz-Carlton
The Florida sectional qualifying for the nation's
championships had an international flair
as amateur Kevin Phelan
of 65-70 to take medalist honors.
Phelan, a senior at University of North Florida,
was tied after the day's opening-round with
John Hahn of Hudson, Ohio. Phelan edged him
by a shot in the afternoon round.
Hahn and fellow professional John Nieporte
qualified along with David Snyder, a
at Kentucky. FULL RESULTS »
ROCKVILLE, Maryland --- Woodmont
Matt Bettencourt survived a 3-for-1 playoff to
take the last qualifying spot. The California
native joined seven other professionals
from across the region and country at the
Woodmont sectional. FULL RESULTS »
BALL GROUND, Georgia -- Hawks
Ridge Golf Club Michael
of Del Mar, Calif., a
sophomore at Cal who just won the Jack
Nicklaus Award as the National Player of the
Year, tied for co-medalist honors (with pro
Ryan Nelson of Charleston, SC) at 11-under-
par 133. Kim posted rounds of 67-66.
of Raleigh, N.C., a
sophomore at UNC Greensboro, earned the
third and final qualifying spot with a 9-under
135 (69-66). FULL RESULTS »
PURCHASE, New York -- Old
Country Club and Century Country
Pros Geoffrey Sisk (Mass.) and Jesse
(Penn.) tied for medalist at 137, but it was
two amateurs who provided the day’s
Gavin Hall, 18, of
Pittsford, NY birdied his final four holes to
orchestrate a sensational 4-under 67 to clinch
a spot at Merion. Hall will join the University
Texas men’s golf team in the fall, Just before
Hall holed his last birdie, Temple
University freshman and Atlantic 10 Rookie of
the Year Brandon
Matthews of DuPont, Pa., made a near-
impossible chip-in from the behind the
18th green to save par and finish at 139.
However, it proved to be a stroke short and
he’ll have to settle for first alternate.
"It was a great feeling, especially walking
18 with my caddie,” Hall said. “I was just
of myself and thrilled to make some putts at
the end. To finish that way was pretty
incredible.” FULL RESULTS »