U.S. Open sectional qualifying results
DALLAS – Nine days after leading Texas A&M to the NCAA Championship, Bronson Burgoon is heading to the U.S. Open.
The recent Texas A&M grad closed with 2-under 69 at Northwood Club to finish second and advance to Bethpage. Shawn Stefani finished first at 7-under 135.
In the final round of the national championship May 30, Burgoon hit a 52-degree wedge to within inches of the cup on the 18th hole at Inverness to clinch the Aggies' first national championship.
Notables who failed to qualify include Olin Browne, 2008 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist Charlie Holland, Notah Begay, and Brad Lardon, who finished 58th at Bethpage in 2002.
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ROCKVILLE, Md. – Clemson’s Ben Martin shot two consecutive 68s at Woodmont Country Club to earn medalist honors. Michael Sim, the Nationwide Tour’s leading money winner, and UNC Wilmington’s Josh Brock finished second. Jeff Brehaut, former Georgia star Chris Kirk, 2007 British Amateur champ Drew Weaver, and 52-year-old Fred Funk also earned spots.
Martin lost a playoff in sectional qualifying last year. Funk was leaving a nearby restaurant when a tournament official reached him on his cell phone and told him to return to the course for the playoff.
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BALL GROUND, Ga. – PGA Tour player Matt Kuchar earned co-medalist honors with Kennesaw State rising junior Matt Nagy as both players posted a 10-under 134 total at Hawks Ridge Golf Club.
Kuchar, the 1997 U.S. Amateur champion, is 49th on the PGA Tour money list this year. He tied for 48th at the 2008 U.S. Open and is coming off a T-5 Sunday at Memorial.
Earning the final spot was Cameron Tringale, who just finished his career with Georgia Tech with a tie for 18th at the NCAA Division I Championship. He’ll compete in the U.S. Open as an amateur.
Patton Kizzire and Byeung-Hun An tied at 7-under 137, but the 17-year-old An failed to show up for a playoff making Kizzire the first alternate. An is second alternate.
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ROSLYN, Wash. – Washington's Nick Taylor earned medalist honors with a 6-under 136 total at Tumble Creek Club to earn a spot in the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year.
Taylor, who finished his junior year No. 8 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, placed ninth individually at the NCAA Championship. His Washington squad lost in the quarterfinals of match play.
Andrew Parr, a regular on the Canadian Tour, finished second at 4-under 138 to get the last spot at Bethpage. Parr finished ninth on the 2008 Canadian Tour money list.
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Ryan Spears, 23, outlasted Sean Dougherty in a sudden-death playoff for the only spot at Milburn Golf & Country Club. Spears, who won the Missouri Valley Conference individual title in 2006 as a sophomore at Wichita State, went 69-69 to finish at 6-under 138.
Dougherty, 30, is the assistant pro at Milburn G&CC and was named the 2008 Midwest Section PGA player of the year.
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PURCHASE, N.Y. – Kevin Silva led qualifiers at Century Country Club with a closing 4-under 67 to finish at 137. Trevor Murphy, Michael Welch and Sean Farren tied for second at 3-under 138 and also advanced.
Silva, a 2005 graduate of North Carolina, finished runner-up at the 2003 Golfweek/Ping Fall Preview and played in the 2008 U.S. Open. He shot 80-76 and missed the cut.
Murphy, a 2008 graduate of Charlotte, finished 33rd at the 2008 NCAA Championship. Farren is the head pro at Totteridge Golf Club in Greensburg, Pa. Welch, of Quincy, Mass., is 35th on the NGA/Hooters Tour money list this season.
Notables who did not qualify included Brad Faxon (140), Senior PGA champ Michael Allen (143,) and Mathias Gronberg (145), who won the Nationwide Tour’s Melwood Prince George’s Open on Sunday.
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COLUMBINE VALLEY, Colo. – Steve Allan shot 70-69 and finished at 5-under 139 to earn medalist honors at Columbine Country Club.
Allan has missed seven cuts in eight starts on the PGA Tour in 2009. His last U.S. Open start was in 2005 at Pinehurst, where he tied for 28th.
Charlie Beljan earned the second spot in the U.S. Open with a 5-foot birdie putt to beat Boyd Summerhays in a sudden-death playoff. Beljan, the 2002 U.S. Junior champion, leads the Gateway Tour money list this year. This is his second U.S. Open.
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SOMIS, Calif. – PGA Tour player Charlie Wi earned medalist honors at Saticoy Country Club with a 3-under 141 total. Wi was 5 over par after five holes Monday.
Wi, No. 35 on this year’s PGA Tour money list, will play in his first U.S. Open and second major; he tied for ninth at last year’s PGA Championship.
Former UCLA and Toledo player Douglas Batty, former Arizona player Nathan Tyler and Michael Miles also qualified in a 4-for-3 playoff.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The 13 qualifiers included J.P. Hayes, J.J. Henry, and Casey Wittenberg, a former U.S. Amateur finalist who grew up in Memphis. Greg Kraft earned the final spot in a 6-for-1 playoff among all PGA Tour players, getting through on the second extra hole.
Among the notables that didn’t advance were John Daly, Jeff Maggert, Kirk Triplett and Harrison Frazar.
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GRAYSLAKE, Ill. – Western Illinois rising senior Kyle Peterman won a three-way playoff to grab the only qualifying spot at Stonewall Orchard Golf Club.
Peterman, Eric Chun and Patrick Nagle had to wait until Tuesday morning to play their sudden-death playoff after firing 2-under 142s Monday. Peterman won the Summit League title in 2008, and was named the conference's Athlete of the Year.
Nagle was a 2006 U.S. Open qualifier and University of Illinois standout and Chun is a rising Northwestern sophomore who was the individual medalist at the Big Ten Championship.
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DAYTON, Ohio. – Mondays must be good for Cortland Lowe, as a 12-under 130 (62-68) propelled the Wake Forest alum toward his second PGA Tour event yesterday. Lowe, who took medalist honors by four shots, Monday qualified into the Buick Open in February, where he shot 224 and tied for 81st.
Clark Klaasen, who just graduated from Duke and tied for 30th in stroke play at the NCAA Championship, finished second alone in the qualifer at 8 under, while Vaughn Snyder, a 2009 Ohio State graduate who finished tied for 70th at the NCAAs, came in two shots back in a tie for third.
Cameron Yancey, a former two-time Virginia Amataeur winner who received his tour card in 2002 through Q-school, rounded out the fourth spot.