2011 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying results
Sectional qualifiers will advance to the U.S. Open, which will be played June 16-19 at Congressional CC. Approximately 90 total qualifying spots will be awarded through the 13 sectional qualifiers to fill the championship field of 156 players.
Last updated: June 6, 8:20 p.m. EDT
Glendale, Calif., Oakmont CC (94 players for four spots)
Who won: Scott Pinckney, an amateur who played for Arizona State, shared medalist honors with Matthew Edwards, of Las Cruces, N.M. Both were at 5-under 137.
Who’s in: Beau Hossler, a 16-year-old from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., tied for third with Steven Irwin, another amateur and the son of three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin. Brian Locke earned the fifth and final qualifying spot after winning a playoff with amateur Grant Rappleye and Todd Fischer.
Who’s out: Harry Rudolph, who led Arizona to the 1992 NCAA Championship and was a childhood opponent of Phil Mickelson, finished at 147. Andrew Bieber, 16, was another of the younger competitors in sectional qualifying, but posted a 148.
Rockville, Md., Woodmont CC (112 players for 10 spots)
Who won: Kirk Triplett, shot rounds of 69-64 to finish at 9-under 133. Triplett has three career wins on the PGA Tour, and this will be his 17th U.S. Open start.
Who's in: John Mills of Canada finished one shot behind Triplett at 8-under 134. Fred Funk, who won the 2009 U.S. Senior Open, was at 135 with Elliot Gealy, Michael Tobiason Jr., and former junior phenom Ty Tryon. Tryon became the youngest player to earn a PGA Tour card in 2001 as a 17-year-old, and he qualified for and made the cut at last year’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
Bubba Dickerson, Christo Greyling, David May and Will Wilcox rounded out the 10 qualifiers.
Who’s out: Drew Weaver, a member of the 2009 Walker Cup, missed by a single shot, as did amateur Phillip Choi, a sophomore at Florida. Billy Hurley III, a 2005 Walker Cupper who served five years in the U.S. Navy, was two shots back. Ben Martin, runner-up at the 2009 U.S. Amateur, was at 4-under 140.
Tunica, Miss., Tunica National (78 players for 10 spots)
78 players for 10 spots
Who won: Bud Cauley, a member of the 2009 U.S. Walker Cup team, and PGA Tour rookie Sunghoon Kang of Korea. Both players shot 67-65.
Cauley, who recently completed his junior season at Alabama, turned professional after the NCAAs. He declined his exemption through local qualifying, which came because of his status as a Walker Cup player, and won his local qualifier. Cauley, of Jacksonville, Fla., was No. 4 in this season’s Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Kang recently lost a playoff at the Nationwide Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Who’s in: PGA Tour players Andres Gonzales (67-66) and Michael Putnam (64-69) finished one shot back; Gonzales and Putnam are childhood friends from Washington state. PGA Tour player Scott Piercy also finished at 11 under par. Fredrik Jacobson shot 67-67 to advance.
Six players finished in a tie for the final four spots. Tour players Sergio Garcia, Brian Gay, Chad Campbell and Briny Baird all advanced.
Who’s out: Emiliano Grillo, an amateur from Argentina, failed to advance out of the six-for-four playoff, and so did Taggart Ridings, who has spent time on both the PGA and Nationwide Tours. David Hearn of Canada also fell short in that playoff.
Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen shot 8 under par, but finished one shot outside of a playoff. Another former major champion, Rich Beem, also finished at 8 under. Chris DiMarco shot consecutive 72s to finish nine shots out of the playoff. Paul Stankowski shot 68-77. Nationwide Tour player Edward Loar shot 65-77.
Columbus, Ohio, Brookside G&CC, Lakes G&CC (120 players for 16 spots)
Gold Mountain Golf Club, Bremerton, Wash. (48 players for four spots)
Who won: Chris Williams, who just completed his sophomore season at Washington, shot 70-68 to win by one. Williams, of Moscow, Idaho, was the 2010 Phil Mickelson Award winner as college golf’s top freshman. He was No. 22 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings this season.
Who’s in: Wes Heffernan (69-70) and Adam Hadwin (68-71) tied for second at 5-under 139. John Ellis (67-73) also advanced. Hadwin, who played college golf at Louisville, is a two-time Canadian Tour winner. Ellis was the Canadian Tour’s 2008 player of the year.
Who’s out: Former U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Clay Ogden and Brock Mackenzie, a former member of the U.S. Walker Cup team, both shot 72-72. PGA Tour player Troy Merritt was another stroke back.
Springfield (Ohio) CC (34 players for two spots)
Who won: Thanks to a pair of 66s, Korean Syeung-Yul Noh cruised to a three-shot victory at the Springfield, Ohio qualifier. Noh, 20, won the 2010 Maybank Malaysian Open, which was co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours. He finished T-40 at the 2010 U.S. Open.
Who’s in: Also advancing was Jesse Hutchins of Cincinnati, Ohio, who beat Illinois junior Luke Guthrie in a playoff. Hutchins, who shot 64 in Round 2, finished at 135.
Guthrie, who shot 69-66, won four times this season, including the Big Ten Championship and the Central Regional.
Who’s out: Failing to advance were North Carolina State’s Albin Choi (T-5) and Stanford-signee and Golfweek’s No. 3-ranked junior Patrick Rodgers (T-8).
Ball Ground, Ga., Hawks Ridge GC (47 players for three spots)
Who won: Middle Tennessee State’s Brett Patterson (70-62) closed with 10 birdies to share medalist honors with Ryan Nelson (66-66) in Ball Ground, Ga.
Who’s in: Georgia senior Russell Henley outlasted PGA Tour pro Jason Dufner in a playoff for the third and final qualifying spot.
Dufner’s strong play continued, as he closed in 64 to finish T-3. Dufner, of Auburn, Ala., has four top-10s on the PGA Tour this season, including a playoff loss in Phoenix. Henley shot 68-65.
Henley and the Bulldogs advanced to the final match of the NCAA Championship Sunday, where Henley defeated Henrik Norlander. Henley tied for 16th at the 2010 U.S. Open and won the Nationwide Tour’s Stadion Classic at UGA in May.
Who’s out: Failing to advance were a number of NCAA players that competed in this week’s NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek: Georgia Tech’s J.T. Griffin (T-9), Kyle Scott (T-22), Georgia’s Hudson Swafford (T-22); Middle Tennessee State’s Jason Millard (7th), Kennesaw State’s Matt Nagy (T-22) and Jeff Karlsson (T-30)
Dallas (Texas) Athletic Club (71 players for four spots)
Who won: Michael Smith made seven birdies in a closing 64 to claim medalist honors at Dallas Athletic Club. Smith opened with a 15-par-round of 70 for a 134 total.
Who’s in: 2004 British Open champion Todd Hamilton finished second, shooting 67-68. Hamilton has made one cut on the PGA Tour in four starts this year. Also advancing were touring pros Harrison Frazar (72-64) and Greg Chalmers (66-70). Frazar made seven birdies and an eagle in his closing 64.
Who’s out: Failing to advance were major champion Justin Leonard (138), Jordan Spieth (139), Golfweek’s top-ranked junior, Oklahoma State’s Morgan Hoffmann (139), who turned professional after the NCAA Championship and John Peterson (140), the NCAA Champion from LSU.
Also failing to advance were Tom Kite and Bob May, who both shot 145.
St. Charles (Ill.) CC (58 players for three spots)
Who won: Bennett Blakeman claimed medalist honors for the second straight year, shooting 68-67 to win the St. Charles Sectional by a shot. Blakeman, who missed the cut last year at Pebble Beach, played college golf at Illinois Wesleyan and went to graduate school at Loyola.
Who’s in: Joining Blakeman will be a pair of players with Illinois ties – Brad Benjamin, of Rockford, Ill., the Memphis grad and 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Champion, and Illinois graduate Christopher DeForest, who finished T-13 at the NCAA Championship.
Who’s out: Failing to advance were DeForest’s Illinois teammates Mason Jacobs (T-42) and Scott Langley (T-47), PGA Tour pro Nate Smith (T-7), Missouri’s Jace Long (T-9), Arkansas’ Jamie Marshall (T-14), Iowa’s Vince India (T-21) and Tom Pernice (T-26).
Vero Beach, Fla., Quail Valley GC (56 players for three spots)
Who won: Despite two bogeys coming into the clubhouse, Joey Lamielle, of Sarasota, Fla., finished atop the leaderboard, thanks in part to an opening 4-under 68 at Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach, Fla. Lamielle, 28, also qualified for the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, where he missed the cut by three shots. Lamielle frequents the Hooters Tour and the West Florida Golf Tour.
Who’s in: Sam Saunders qualified for his maiden U.S. Open after advancing from a three-for-two playoff at the end of 36 holes of regulation. Saunders, 23, finished regulation tied at 3-under 141 with amateurs Michael Barbosa, a former Georgia Tech player, and Andres Echavarria, who just finished his final year of eligibility at Florida. Saunders got up and down from the back of the par-4 18th for par as Barbosa made a three-putt bogey. Echavarria doubled to fall back into the first alternate position.
Who’s out: Auburn sophomore Blayne Barber won a playoff with Jimmy Lytle, of Ocean Ridge, Fla., for the second alternate position. Despite opening with 2-under 70, 15-year-old Sawyer Shaw fell short of qualifying after closing in 74. Gary Koch, who has played in 17 U.S. Opens, shot 2-over 146 to miss by five shots. Former Florida player Tyson Alexander also finished at 146.
Summit, N.J., Canoe Brook CC (83 players for four spots)
Who won: Geoffrey Sisk made five birdies in his opening nine and never looked back, firing 67-70--137 to win at Canoe Brook CC. Sisk, of Arlington, Mass., has made four cuts in eight starts on the Nationwide Tour this year.
Who’s in: Joining Sisk will be Cheng-Tsung Pan, PGA Tour rookie Alexandre Rocha and Matt Richardson, who all finished at 5-under 138. Pan, who will attend Washington in the fall, won the 72-hole stroke play portion of the Western Amateur the past two years.
Rocha is a former All-American at Mississippi State.
Who’s out: Touring pros Parker McLachlin (7th), Andrew Svoboda (T-9), Mathias Gronberg (T-13) and Daniel Chopra (T-23) all failed to advance. Also coming up short were U.S. Junior Champion Jim Liu (T-33), Florida All-American Bank Vongvanij (T-10), Duke’s Yaroslav Merkulov (18th) and Georgia Tech’s Richy Werenski (T-45).
Walton Heath GC, Surrey, England (82 players for 11 spots), May 30
Who won: Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts opened with 64 at Walton Heath and went on to top Shane Lowry and Maarten Lafeber by one shot. Colsaerts shot 71 in Round 2 for a 135 total.
Who’s in: Joining Lowry and Lafeber at Congressional will by Thomas Levet of France (137) and England’s Robert Rock and David Howell (138). Alexander Noren, winner of this week’s Wales Open, shot 67-72--139 to advance, along with Stephen Gallacher, Robert Dinwiddie, Marcel Siem (139) and Johan Edfors (140).
Edfors won what was supposed to be a three-for-one playoff for the final spot. Instead it turned out to be a one-on-one against Andreas Harto. Former U.S. Amateur champ Richie Ramsay was supposed to be the third man in the playoff, but he left the course early, thinking his score would be too high to qualify. When he was alerted of the playoff, Ramsay tried to make it back to the course, but was stuck in traffic and didn’t arrive until the playoff was over.
Who’s out: A number of European Tour notables failed to qualify, including Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie and Ryder Cup member Ross Fisher (145). Euro Tour winners Rhys Davies, Soren Kjeldsen (142) and Pablo Martin (144) also failed to advance.
Ibaraki CC, Ibaraki, Japan (34 players for 4 spots), May 23
Who won: Australian Scott Barr closed in 63 to earn a share of medalist honors in Japan. After opening with 72 at Ibaraki CC, Barr’s 135 total earned him a trip to Congressional, where he will compete in his second major championship. Barr missed the cut at the 2004 British Open.
Who’s in: Sharing medalist honors with Barr at 135 were Do-Hoon Kim (70-65) of Korea and Kenichi Kuboya (66-69) of Japan. Sang-Moon Bae, ranked No. 113 in the world, claimed the final advancing spot after shooting 70-66--136.
Who’s out: Notables to come up short in Japan included Wen-chong Liang (67-71--138), who broke the course record with a third-round 64 at the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, and Skye Inakoshi (83-81--164), the 13-year-old amateur that won his local qualifier at Hoakalei CC in Hawaii.