Notes: Hahn advances with father, sister at his side
Monday, June 3, 2013
PHOTOS: U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, 2013
Here are images from sectional qualifying for the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.
BRADENTON, Fla. – Welcome home, pops.
John Hahn provided his father the ultimate Father's Day present -- the opportunity to caddie for him Sunday at the U.S. Open.
After rounds of 65-71, Hahn secured the second automatic spot in the U.S. Open Sectional qualifier at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club on Monday – doing it all with his father on the bag.
"(My dad) is from the Philly area, so he is going home," said Hahn, a former Kent State standout. "Can't think of a better Father's Day gift."
The father-son duo isn't a new development, as the Hahns have spent many days on the course together, albeit playing or with father caddying for son.
"We've spent so much time on the course together. But it wasn't always about teaching golf, it was about teaching life," said the elder Hahn.
The dynamic duo helped get the younger Hahn through the local qualifier in Cleveland, which pushed them to make flight reservations to Florida that night at dinner.
"I knew my girlfriend was getting the short end of that stick," said the elder Hahn. "I called her and she just said, 'Just get him there!'
"Well, I guess we did our job."
Hahn's sister, Samantha, was also greenside to celebrate, jumping into her brother's arms after he two-putted for par on the 9th hole to secure his spot.
"I am proud as a father, to see their bond," said the elder Hahn. "My ex deserves a lot of credit. We also pushed them to create this bond."
Talk about Brotherly Love.
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OH, MOTHER NATURE: Play in Bradenton is not over, as the final automatic berth will be determined at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning after John Nieporte and 15-year-old amateur David Snyder halved two playoff holes, both missing prime birdie opportunities as darkness fell at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club.
Nieporte, who had an ace on the par-3 3rd in the second round, had an opportunity to secure his spot at Merion in regulation, but three-putted the 9th green – his final hole – and fell back to T-3. Snyder made the most of a brilliant second round that included five birdies and a single bogey.
On the first hole of the playoff on No. 18, both players stuck it inside of 15 feet, with Snyder lipping out and Nieporte pulling his putt left. On the second hole, the par-4 10th, Nieporte left his birdie putt less than 3 inches from the hole, leading his caddie to nearly fall over in disbelief.
They'll play par-4 17th on Tuesday morning. If they remain tied, the 18th and 10th will follow.
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SHORT SHOTS: Bradley Bastion won a four-way playoff for the second alternate spot, with the first going to the loser of the Nieporte-Snyder playoff . . . USF freshman Chase Koepka, who caddied for brother Brooks when he qualified for the U.S. Open in 2012, fired rounds of 71-74 . . . Sam Horsfield, who led the prestigious Junior Invitational at Sage Valley for its first 36 holes, was two shots outside a playoff for an alternate spot, posting rounds of 72-68 . . . PGA Tour veteran Nick O'Hern could only muster rounds of 72-71 to finish five shots out of an alternate spot. O'Hern was fifth in the 2006 U.S. Open . . . Manuel Villegas, younger brother of PGA Tour pro Camilo, went 72-71.