Stuard, others advance from Springfield
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Two flawless rounds by veteran Brian Stuard has sent the 31-year-old to his second consecutive U.S. Open. The championship will take place June 12-15 at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
Stuard, of Jackson, Mich., shot 64-65 (11 under) to earn medalist honors by six at the Springfield (Ohio) Country Club sectional qualifying. Also qualifying was 17-year-old Will Grimmer (70-65) and Chris Thompson (66-70).
Stuard, who is playing in his third full season on the PGA Tour, has played in 20 events and has made 12 cuts while earning more than $1.6 million through the Memorial Tournament. But in his last three starts, he has not made the cut.
PHOTOS: U.S. Open sectional qualifying (Springfield, Ohio)
Check out images from the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Springfield (Ohio) Country Club on June 2.
It was back in November, during the fall schedule of the 2013-14 season, that Stuard tied his best PGA Tour finish to date – runner-up at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Grimmer will return to Pinehurst, a place where he created a little magic of his own in 2013.
The then-16-year-old shot an 11-under 59 on Pinehurst No. 1 during the 2013 North and South Junior. In Monday’s round, Grimmer shot a 70 in the morning and a bogey-free 65 in the afternoon to advance to his first major championship.
Earlier this year, Grimmer, No. 19 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings class-of-2015, committed to Ohio State, just a mere two hours from his hometown of Cincinnati.
The third and final spot at this sectional went to Chris Thompson of Lawrence, Kan. He shot a first-round 4-under 66 and followed that up in the afternoon with an even-par 70.
Thompson has played in only one PGA Tour event this season – the HP Byron Nelson Championship – and finished T-64. At Pinehurst, he will make the first major championship start of his 15-year professional career.
Other notables who did not advance were Billy Mayfair, who shot 69-71, along with Web.com Tour player Blayne Barber. Barber shot a second-round 3-over 73 at Springfield CC to tie for 16th.