2014 U.S. Open Sectionals Preview: Purchase, N.Y.

2014 NCAA individual champion Cameron Wilson will play in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Purchase, N.Y.
2014 NCAA individual champion Cameron Wilson will play in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Purchase, N.Y. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Sunday, June 1, 2014

On Monday, the U.S. Open will kick into high gear with sectional qualifying at 10 different U.S. sites. There are 56 spots available at the 10 sites.

Here is a closer look at the only New York site:

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Old Oaks Country Club and Century Country Club

Location: Purchase, N.Y.

Number of players: 80

Spots available: 4

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Players to watch

Bill Britton, 58, of Rumson, N.J., has played in five U.S. Opens, the last one in 1989. Britton is considered one of New Jersey’s top teaching professionals. In 1990, he recorded top-10 finishes in the Masters Tournament and PGA Championship.

Christopher DeForest, of Cottekill, N.Y., qualified for his first U.S. Open in 2011 with an eagle on the second playoff hole at the St. Charles, Ill., sectional. DeForest was an all-Big Ten Conference performer at Illinois. His father, John, is the head professional at Rondout Valley Golf Club in Accord, N.Y., and will attempt to qualify for this year’s U.S. Senior Open.

Scott Dunlap, 50, of Duluth, Ga., has played in five U.S. Opens, with his best finish a tie for 24th in 1997. Dunlap, who is in his first year on the Champions Tour, has played on the PGA, Web.com, Canadian and Sunshine tours and has won professional events in six countries.

Bob Ford, 60, of Oakmont, Pa., is the head professional at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club and Seminole Golf Club in Florida. Ford, who is the oldest player to advance through local qualifying this year, has played in three U.S. Opens, including a tie for 26th in 1983.

Brian Gaffney, 43, of Darien, Conn., made a double eagle on the 508-yard, par-5 12th hole at Bedens Brook Club en route to earning medalist honors in U.S. Open local qualifying. Gaffney, who shot 3-under 69 in the local qualifier, qualified for his first U.S. Open in 2012. He is the head professional at Quaker Ridge Golf Club, the site of the 1997 Walker Cup Match.

Gavin Hall, 19, of Pittsford, N.Y., is a freshman on the University of Texas golf team. He was the youngest player in last year’s U.S. Open field after qualifying through both local and sectional play. Hall made a hole-in-one during a U.S. Open practice round at Merion Golf Club.

Zachary Herr, 19, of New Hope, Pa., is a freshman on the Vanderbilt University golf team. Herr, who advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur, raised funds as a teenager in honor of his mother, Cyndie, who was battling colon cancer at the time. In its first two years, the “Zach Attacks Cancer Foundation” raised $85,000 for research.

Lee Janzen, 49, won the 1993 and 1998 U.S. Opens, making him one of 18 players with multiple U.S. Open titles. He has not played in the Open since 2008. Janzen is the only U.S. Open champion entered in sectional qualifying.

Mike McCoy, 51, of West Des Moines, Iowa, won the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and became the second-oldest winner. McCoy, who earned a 2014 Masters Tournament exemption, has played in 38 USGA championships. He will compete in this year’s U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla.

Trevor Murphy, of St. Johnsbury, Vt., qualified for his first U.S. Open in 2009 at the same sectional site. He shot a 56 in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital pro-am at Ohio State University’s Gray Course. Murphy was an elite-level skier and was on same team with Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn.

Cody Paladino, of Kensington, Conn., was the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links runner-up, losing to Colt Knost, 6 and 4, in the final. Paladino, who played collegiately at Baylor, turned professional last January and competes on PGA Tour Latinoamerica.

Steve Scott was the 1996 U.S. Amateur runner-up to Tiger Woods, losing in 38 holes. Scott, who is the head professional at Paramount Country Club in New City, N.Y., played on the PGA, Web.com and Canadian Tours. He was a member of two USA Walker Cup Teams, in 1997 and 1999.

Geoffrey Sisk, 49, of Marshfield, Mass., is attempting to qualify for the U.S. Open through both the local and sectional levels for a seventh time. He qualified through both tiers in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2013. In 2003, 2007 and 2013, he advanced in sectional qualifiers at Old Oaks and Century country clubs.

Nathan Smith, 35, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion who holds the record for the most victories in the championship. He has played on three USA Walker Cup Teams and helped the Americans defeat Great Britain & Ireland last year.

Sean Szerencsits, of Coplay, Pa., is a dealer at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pa. He played at the University of Alabama before spending six years competing on Florida mini-tours. Szerencsits returned to Pennsylvania in 2013 and worked as an assistant professional at Southmoore Golf Club.

Cameron Wilson, 21, of Rowayton, Conn., won the 2014 NCAA Division I Championship, defeating Georgia Tech’s Oliver Schniederjans with a 10-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole. Wilson, a senior at Stanford, qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, and has competed in three U.S. Amateurs.

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Tee times

7:00 a.m.: Kwanwoo Kim, Tee: 1 O

7:00 a.m.: Kevin Foley, Tee: 1 O

7:00 a.m.: Bryan Bigley, Tee: 1 C

7:00 a.m.: Adam Rainaud, Tee: 1 C

7:00 a.m.: Sean Szerencsits, Tee: 10 O

7:00 a.m.: Robert Leopold, Tee: 10 O

7:00 a.m.: Fran Quinn, Tee: 10 C

7:00 a.m.: Jefferson Lloyd Go, Tee: 10 C

7:10 a.m.: Matt Arvanitis, Tee: 1 O

7:10 a.m.: Carter Collins, Tee: 1 O

7:10 a.m.: Gavin Hall, Tee: 1 C

7:10 a.m.: David Sheman, Tee: 1 C

7:10 a.m.: Bradford Tilley, Tee: 10 O

7:10 a.m.: Cody Paladino, Tee: 10 O

7:10 a.m.: Mike Gilmore, Tee: 10 C

7:10 a.m.: Dominic Bozzelli, Tee: 10 C

7:20 a.m.: Zachary Herr, Tee: 1 O

7:20 a.m.: Corey Harris, Tee: 1 O

7:20 a.m.: Nicholas Beddow, Tee: 1 C

7:20 a.m.: Greg Horvath, Tee: 1 C

7:20 a.m.: Bob Ford, Tee: 10 O

7:20 a.m.: Alexander Hicks, Tee: 10 O

7:20 a.m.: Rex Riley, Tee: 10 C

7:20 a.m.: Michael McCoy, Tee: 10 C

7:30 a.m.: Craig Thomas, Tee: 1 O

7:30 a.m.: Daniel Balin, Tee: 1 O

7:30 a.m.: Cameron Wilson, Tee: 1 C

7:30 a.m.: Lee Janzen, Tee: 1 C

7:30 a.m.: David Pastore, Tee: 10 O

7:30 a.m.: Jamie Lovemark, Tee: 10 O

7:30 a.m.: James Renner, Tee: 10 C

7:30 a.m.: Chris Houston, Tee: 10 C

7:40 a.m.: Michael Carbone, Tee: 1 O

7:40 a.m.: Rob Oppenheim, Tee: 1 O

7:40 a.m.: Matthew Dobyns, Tee: 1 C

7:40 a.m.: Shawn Warren, Tee: 1 C

7:40 a.m.: Adam Ball, Tee: 10 O

7:40 a.m.: Brian Higgins, Tee: 10 O

7:40 a.m.: Alex Edfort, Tee: 10 C

7:40 a.m.: Timothy Hegarty, Tee: 10 C

7:50 a.m.: Maxwell Scodro, Tee: 1 O

7:50 a.m.: Alexandre Rocha, Tee: 1 O

7:50 a.m.: Kent St. Charles, Tee: 1 C

7:50 a.m.: Nathan Smith, Tee: 1 C

7:50 a.m.: James Gifford, Tee: 10 O

7:50 a.m.: Kevin Ausserlechner, Tee: 10 O

7:50 a.m.: Ricky Stimets, Tee: 10 C

7:50 a.m.: Maxwell Buckley, Tee: 10 C

8:00 a.m.: Sam Lyons, Tee: 1 O

8:00 a.m.: Brian Gaffney, Tee: 1 O

8:00 a.m.: Christopher Wiatr, Tee: 1 C

8:00 a.m.: Clark Robinson, Tee: 1 C

8:00 a.m.: Andrew Mason, Tee: 10 O

8:00 a.m.: Abbie Valentine, Tee: 10 O

8:00 a.m.: Scott Dunlap, Tee: 10 C

8:00 a.m.: Matthew McMahon, Tee: 10 C

8:10 a.m.: Timothy Puetz, Tee: 1 O

8:10 a.m.: Steve Scott, Tee: 1 O

8:10 a.m.: Scott Harrington, Tee: 1 C

8:10 a.m.: Jim Herman, Tee: 1 C

8:10 a.m.: Josh Hillman, Tee: 10 O

8:10 a.m.: Corey Conners, Tee: 10 O

8:10 a.m.: Bill Britton, Tee: 10 C

8:10 a.m.: Brian Williams, Tee: 10 C

8:20 a.m.: Stephen Shellock, Tee: 1 O

8:20 a.m.: Brandon Matthews, Tee: 1 O

8:20 a.m.: Michael Kania, Tee: 1 C

8:20 a.m.: Michael Johnson, Tee: 1 C

8:20 a.m.: Christopher Deforest, Tee: 10 O

8:20 a.m.: Kevin Shields, Tee: 10 O

8:20 a.m.: Tyler Jaramillo, Tee: 10 C

8:20 a.m.: Colin Dolph, Tee: 10 C

8:30 a.m.: Jackie Barnes, Tee: 1 O

8:30 a.m.: John Vanderlaan, Tee: 1 O

8:30 a.m.: Santiago Rivas, Tee: 1 C

8:30 a.m.: Trevor Murphy, Tee: 1 C

8:30 a.m.: Jon Curran, Tee: 10 O

8:30 a.m.: Geoffrey Sisk, Tee: 10 O

8:30 a.m.: Drew Nesbitt, Tee: 10 C

8:30 a.m.: Chris Fitzpatrick, Tee: 10 C

C - Century Country Club; O - Old Oaks Country Club

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