2014 U.S. Open Sectionals Preview: Vero Beach, Fla.
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 site in Florida:
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Quail Valley Golf Club
Location: Vero Beach, Fla.
Number of players: 55
Spots available: 4
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Players to watch
• Tyson Alexander, of Gainesville, Fla., advanced through a playoff in local qualifying and hopes to join his father and grandfather to make three generations of U.S. Open golfers. His father, Buddy, is the 1986 U.S. Amateur champion and recently retired as the University of Florida’s golf coach. His grandfather, Skip, tied for 11th in the 1948 Open, held at Riviera Country Club.
• Matt Ceravolo, of Wellington, Fla., won the 2008 Florida Boys’ Junior championship. His father, Joe, played basketball at SMU from 1977-80. His grandfather, Joe Sr., served as chairman of the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Election Committee.
• Marco Dawson, 50, of Merritt Island, Fla., has played on both the PGA and Web.com Tours. Dawson has competed in two U.S. Opens (1997, 2003). He will also attempt to qualify for this year’s U.S. Senior Open. Dawson played at Florida Southern College with Rocco Mediate and Lee Janzen.
• Andres Echavarria, of Colombia, is the oldest of three golf-playing brothers. The 26-year-old earned All-America honors and won the Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship at the University of Florida. His brother Miguel played at the University of Michigan. His youngest brother, Nicolas, advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Junior Amateurs and recently completed his sophomore season at the University of Arkansas.
• Nicolas Echavarria, of Colombia, will attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open at the same sectional site as his brother, Andres. He advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Junior Amateurs and recently completed his sophomore season at the University of Arkansas.
• Sam Horsfield, of England, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur. He reached the round of 16 at last year’s U.S. Amateur Public Links and carded a 61 in sectional qualifying. The 17-year-old won the 2013 Florida State Amateur by 11 strokes with a 72-hole total of 278. Horsfield, who has lived in Florida since age 5, has won three consecutive City of Orlando Amateurs and fired a 10-under 60 in last year’s first round.
• Lion Kim, of Lake Mary, Fla., won the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links and played in the 2011 Masters Tournament. Kim, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, was a two-time All-American at the University of Michigan.
• Chase Koepka, of West Palm Beach, Fla., shot a 66 to earn medalist honors in U.S. Open local qualifying. A sophomore at the University of South Florida, he reached the second round of last year’s U.S. Amateur. His brother, Brooks, competes on the PGA European and Challenge tours. Brooks qualified for his second U.S. Open at this year’s England sectional.
• Hank Lebioda, of Winter Springs, Fla., is a sophomore on the Florida State University golf team. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in December 2012 and had surgery to remove part of his small intestine. After changing his diet and sleep schedule, Lebioda returned to golf and was named 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Rookie of the Year.
• Jack Maguire, 19, of Saint Petersburg, Fla., was exempt locally and is attempting to qualify at the same site as his older brother, M.J., who plays at the University of North Florida. Jack recently completed his freshman season on the Florida State University golf team. He won the 2013 Florida Class 2A state championship.
• M.J. Maguire, 21, is an All-America and All-Atlantic Sun Conference performer at the University of North Florida. He is attempting to qualify at the same sectional site as his younger brother, Jack, who plays at Florida State.
• Justin Smith, 37, of Stuart, Fla., won Golf Channel’s inaugural Big Break. He attended the University of Nevada and has captured 52 professional wins on various mini-tours.
• Tom Stankowski, 48, of Fort Myers, Fla., is the brother of Paul Stankowski, who has played in four U.S. Opens and won two PGA Tour events. Tom played in the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.
• Curtis Thompson, of Coral Springs, Fla., is an All-America and first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) player at Louisiana State University. His sister, Alexis (Lexi), is an LPGA Tour player who captured her first major championship (Kraft Nabisco) this year. His brother, Nicholas, is attempting to qualify for his fourth U.S. Open at the Columbus, Ohio, sectional.
• Lee Williamson, of Winter Garden, Fla., is the head instructor at Stoneybrook West Golf Club. Williamson, the 2002 U.S. Amateur Public Links runner-up, has played on the Web.com and Canadian tours.
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7:15 a.m.: Drew Perry, Tee: 1
7:15 a.m.: Jack Maguire , Tee: 1
7:15 a.m.: Lion Kim, Tee: 10
7:15 a.m.: Jeff Golden , Tee: 10
7:25 a.m.: Tyson Alexander, Tee: 1
7:25 a.m.: Marco Dawson, Tee: 1
7:25 a.m.: John Lee, Tee: 1
7:25 a.m.: Chris Scialo, Tee: 10
7:25 a.m.: Chris Damiano, Tee: 10
7:25 a.m.: Eric Beringer, Tee: 10
7:35 a.m.: Nicholas Lindheim, Tee: 1
7:35 a.m.: Thomas Stankowski, Tee: 1
7:35 a.m.: Nicolas Echavarria , Tee: 1
7:35 a.m.: James Gunsalus , Tee: 10
7:35 a.m.: Sebastian Maclean, Tee: 10
7:35 a.m.: Daniel Harari, Tee: 10
7:45 a.m.: Scott Smyers , Tee: 1
7:45 a.m.: Jimmy Stanger , Tee: 1
7:45 a.m.: Brandon Smith, Tee: 1
7:45 a.m.: Daniel Berger, Tee: 10
7:45 a.m.: Andres Echavarria, Tee: 10
7:45 a.m.: MJ Maguire , Tee: 10
7:55 a.m.: Anthony Degol, Tee: 1
7:55 a.m.: Mike Stern, Tee: 1
7:55 a.m.: Sam Horsfield , Tee: 1
7:55 a.m.: Craig Hicks, Tee: 10
7:55 a.m.: Fredrik Jacobson, Tee: 10
7:55 a.m.: Nicolas Cavero , Tee: 10
8:05 a.m.: Dustin Dingus , Tee: 1
8:05 a.m.: Logan Blondell, Tee: 1
8:05 a.m.: Richard James , Tee: 1
8:05 a.m.: Doug Ferris, Tee: 10
8:05 a.m.: Pat Patterson, Tee: 10
8:05 a.m.: Nick O’Hern, Tee: 10
8:15 a.m.: Curtis Thompson , Tee: 1
8:15 a.m.: Matthew Ceravolo, Tee: 1
8:15 a.m.: Jonathan Sundstrom , Tee: 1
8:15 a.m.: Aron Price, Tee: 10
8:15 a.m.: Gabriel Costa, Tee: 10
8:15 a.m.: Richard Terga, Tee: 10
8:25 a.m.: Samuel Chavez, Tee: 1
8:25 a.m.: Sunny Kim, Tee: 1
8:25 a.m.: Bobby Collins, Tee: 1
8:25 a.m.: Steve Ford, Tee: 10
8:25 a.m.: Rod Perry, Tee: 10
8:25 a.m.: Jeffrey Cuzzort, Tee: 10
8:35 a.m.: Chase Koepka , Tee: 1
8:35 a.m.: Joey Garber , Tee: 1
8:35 a.m.: Hank Lebioda , Tee: 1
8:35 a.m.: Tommy Gibson, Tee: 10
8:35 a.m.: Matthew Richardson, Tee: 10
8:35 a.m.: Paul Scaletta, Tee: 10
8:45 a.m.: Lee Williamson, Tee: 1
8:45 a.m.: Brian Gay, Tee: 1
8:45 a.m.: Trey Valentine , Tee: 1
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