U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying final results
(Golfweek Photo)
(Golfweek Photo)

The road to the U.S. Open ended Tuesday with sectional qualifying, the second and final stage for U.S. Open hopefuls.

With 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 the line. For others, who qualified on merits of recent 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 field along with how they qualified:

Steven Fox - Reigning U.S. Amateur Champion
Michael Weaver - U.S. Amateur runner- up
Chris Williams - 2012 Mark H. McCormack Winner
Cory McElyea - T4 Newport Beach, Calif. Sectional
Max Homa - T4 Newport Beach, Calif. Sectional
Kevin Phelan - Medalist Bradenton, Fla. Sectional
Michael Kim - Co-medalist Ball Ground, Ga. Sectional
Grayson Murray - 3rd Ball Ground, Ga. Sectional
Gavin Hall - Co-medalist Purchase, NY Sectional
Cheng- Tsung Pan - 2nd Cle Elum, Wash. Sectional


There were 13 sectional sites - 11 in the U.S., one in England, 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 by 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 complete after Tuesday's playoffs were completed in Florida and Texas.

Amateur highlights from today's U.S. Open sectional qualifying follow.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. --- Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach Country Club

Talk about a whirlwind week for Max Homa.

The Cal senior recently wrapped up his collegiate career in bittersweet fashion, claiming NCAA individual honors but feeling the defeat of the top- ranked Bears losing in the semifinals.

Things looked up when he was named the Southern Golf Association's Player of the Month on the strength of his play at the Pac-12 and NCAA Championships.

Homa got another boost Monday by claiming one of just five qualifying spots at the U.S. Open's west coast qualifier.

Homa shot rounds of 66 (Newport Beach) and 72 (Big Canyon) to sneak under the cut at 5-under par. Homa is joined by fellow collegiate star Cory McElyea of Washington. McEleyea (former SF City Champ, and an amateurgolf.com member) double bogeyed No. 9 before makin four straight birdies F U LL RESULTS »

CLE ELUM, Wash. --- Tumble Creek Club

Washington star golfer Cheng-Tsung Pan shot rounds of 69-70--139 (1-under) to take one of two qualifying spots.

Formerly the top-ranked NCAA player in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Pan missed out on medalist by one shot but will b among those moving on to championship proper June 13-16 at Merion Golf Cub.

Recent UNLV graduate Kevin Penner missed out by five shots. F U LL RESULTS »

DALLAS, Texas --- Lakewood Country Club

A total of 68 players battled for four qualifying spots and local knowledge ruled in Dallas.

Three Dallas-based pros, including former Texas star and highly-ranked amateur Jordan Spieth, tied for the top spot at 8-under 134.

Talor Gooch, an Oklahoma State player, was the low amateur. He finished at 3-under 139. Other notable amateurs failing to qualify included: Charles Ewing, Alex Carpenter, Bryson Dechambeau and Julien Brun. F U LL RESULTS »

MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- Colonial Country Club

Kentucky' Will Bishop was the low amateur in a field that didn't push any into championship proper June 13- 16 at Merion Golf Club. The Wildcat senior finished 2- under and two shots out of the final qualifying position.

Reigning Dixie Amateur champion Daniel Berger of Florida State and Alabama's Bobby Wyatt , the top-ranked player in the Golfweek/amate ur golf. com Player Rankings, finished four back of the final spot.

The top of the leaderboard featured some PGA Tour stars, including Kevin Sutherland, Jerry Kelly, Scott Langley and Scott Stallings. Ben Crane missed qualifying by two shots. FU L L RESULTS »

COLUMBUS, Ohio --- Brookside Golf, The Lakes Golf & Country Club

Only 15 spots were up for grabs in Ohio as 120 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 over David Hearn, Nicholas Thompson, Josh Teater and Robert Karlsson

Other touring pros who made the cut were David Lingmerth, Brandt Jobe, Brendan Steele, Ted Potter Jr, Aaron Baddeley, Luke Guthrie and Sang Moon Bae.

Alabama standout Justin Thomas was the low amateur, firing rounds of 6-under 67-71. FULL RESULTS »

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio --- Springfield Country Club

Brian Stuard rolled to the top of the leaderboard with rounds of 65-64, 11-under. He took medalist honors, finishing six shots better 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 Country Club

Former Indiana Hoosier Brent Peaper missed a spot in a two-man playoff by three shots at midwest qualifying. Jay Don Blake of Utah fired rounds of 71-68 (3-under) to take medalist honors. 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 Members Golf Club

The Florida sectional qualifying for the nation's championships had an international flair Monday as amateur Kevin Phelan , of Ireland shot rounds of 65-70 to take medalist honors.

Phelan, a senior at University of North Florida, was tied after the day's opening-round with pro John Hahn of Hudson, Ohio. Phelan edged him by a shot in the afternoon round.

Hahn and fellow professional John Nieporte also qualified along with David Snyder, a sophomore at Kentucky. FULL RESULTS »

ROCKVILLE, Maryland --- Woodmont Country Club

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 Kim 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.

Grayson Murray of Raleigh, N.C., a rising sophomore at UNC Greensboro, earned the third and final qualifying spot with a 9-under 135 (69-66). FULL RESULTS »

PURCHASE, New York -- Old Oaks Country Club and Century Country Club

Pros Geoffrey Sisk (Mass.) and Jesse Smith (Penn.) tied for medalist at 137, but it was two amateurs who provided the day’s dramatics.

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 of 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 up 18 with my caddie,” Hall said. “I was just proud of myself and thrilled to make some putts at the end. To finish that way was pretty incredible.” FULL RESULTS »

Results: U.S. Open
T17CAMichael KimDel Mar, CA90073-70-71-76--290
T45Chinese TaipeiCheng-Tsung PanChinese Taipei50072-72-75-76--295
T62IrelandKevin PhelanIreland50071-77-78-74--300
64CAMichael WeaverFresno, CA50074-74-78-75--301

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