U.S. Open sectional qualifying: Complete coverage
Monday, June 2, 2014
As U.S. Open qualifying season continues, we'll update you on the scores and happenings from the USGA's 12 sectional qualifiers through June 2 in the U.S. and abroad – including May 26 in Japan and England.
Keep up with complete coverage and updates as we get them right here!
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Ansley GC (Settindown Creek Club)
• Kaufman qualifies for U.S. Open at Roswell sectional
Though he stumbled early in his afternoon round on the Settindown Creek course, then had to anxiously wait and see how costly it was to play his last 13 holes in 5 over, the recently-graduated-from-LSU Smylie Kaufman can make plans to tee it up in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Click here to read more from Jim McCabe.
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Vero Beach, Fla.
Quail Valley GC
• Michelson DQs self after qualifying, signing bad card
Rice's Landon Michelson product took advantage of his first-alternate spot in U.S. Open sectional qualifying, firing rounds of 71-71 to potentially get into a tie for the fourth and final qualifying spot. Thing was, Michelson signed for a 70 in his second round – grounds for disqualification if he decided to tell anyone. Michelson and Ingham went back over his scorecard to see if the 70 might indeed be correct. It wasn't. Click here to read more from Nick Masuda.
• 5 Things: U.S. Open sectional qualifier, Vero Beach
The U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Quail Valley provided a handful of firsts Monday, as all four players who have advanced to next week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 will be making their debuts in America's national championship. But that doesn't mean any of their stories followed the same script. Here are 5 Things to take away from Monday's action in Florida.
• Berger, Lindheim open with 66s at Florida sectional
There are a handful of players that managed their games well through 18 holes in windy conditions at Quail Valley Golf Club, led by Daniel Berger and Nicholas Lindheim, who both fired 6-under 66s to put themselves in good position for one of the four automatic bids coming out of the Florida sectional. Click here to read more on the first round in Vero Beach via Nick Masuda.
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Old Oaks CC, Century CC
• Renner among 4 qualifiers from Century, Old Oaks
Only three players finished 36 holes under par on Monday. No one was going to qualify for our country's national championship by fluke here. Fran Quinn, 49, shot a pair of 69s to share medalist honors at 138 with Rob Oppenheim, while Jim Renner and Matthew Dobyns also advanced. Click here to read more from David Dusek.
• Notables chase Oppenheim in N.Y. qualifier
Thanks to a front-nine run that included five birdies in six holes at Old Oaks Country Club, Rob Oppenheim grabbed the MET Golf Association’s U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying event by the throat Monday morning. Oppenheim's 64 gave him a four-shot lead over Fran Quinn and Timothy Puetz. Click here to read more from David Dusek, who is on site in Purchase N.Y.
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• Wittenberg (62) takes 1st-round lead at Memphis sectional
Casey Wittenberg took advantage of local course knowledge to shoot a 9-under 62 and grab a one-stroke lead over Jeff Maggert after the first round of the 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Colonial Country Club’s North and South courses. Click here to read Adam Schupak's story for more on the first round at Colonial.
• After heart surgery, Micheel tees it up at sectional
Shaun Micheel hit a few practice putts before his opening round of the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Colonial Country Club and then walked over to say hello to an old friend. With a smile splitting his face, the 45-year-old former PGA champion looked the picture of good health. Not long ago, that was far from true. “What do you want to talk about?” Micheel said. “My four stents and heart condition.” And with that, Micheel began detailing how delighted he was to be playing golf today and have the opportunity to qualify for the U.S. Open. Click here to read more on Micheel from Adam Schupak.
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Brookside G&CC, Scioto CC
• Putnam, Stegmaier share sectional lead in Columbus
Michael Putnam, the 2013 Web.com player of the year, and Web.com player Brett Stegmaier each shot 5-under-par 67 at Brookside Golf and Country Club on Monday morning to share the midway lead at U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in Columbus. Click here to read more on the first round via Jeff Rude.
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Emerald Valley GC
• From tertiary tours, Blair, Rask qualify for U.S. Open
Zac Blair was 7-under-par with rounds of 69 and 68 at Emerald Valley. That gave him a four-stroke cushion over 29-year-old Clayton Rask, who posted rounds of 69 and 72 to earn the second of two spots in the U.S. Open. Click here to read more from Jim Achenbach.
• Skarbo leads early at sectional qualifier in Oregon
At Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore., professional Joel Skarbo of Seattle posted 14 pars and 4 birdies for an opening 68. That gave Skarbo a one-shot lead over three other pros: Jarred Bossio of Olympia, Wash., Zac Blair of St. George, Utah, and Clayton Rask of Otsego, Minn. Click here to read more from Jim Achenbach on Round 1 in Oregon.
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Daly City, Calif.
Lake Merced GC, Olympic Club (Ocean Course)
• Cejka medals at Daly City qualifier; McNealy qualifies
Alex Cejka played in his first U.S. Open in 1996, finishing T-50. He's made just four appearances since, but will get a sixth after taking medalist honors Monday at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Daly City, Calif.
Cejka, a four-time winner on the European Tour, didn't make a bogey in two rounds, carding a first-round 5-under 67 at Lake Merced Golf Club before turning in a closing 6-under 65 at the Olympic Club's Ocean Course. Cejka, whose best Open finish came in 2010 when he tied for eighth, finished at 11 under, three shots ahead of second-place Steven Alker of New Zealand, who used a second-round 65 at Lake Merced to earn one of the five Open berths. Click here to read more from Brentley Romine.
• Stanford's McNealy tied for lead at Daly City qualifier
Maverick McNealy just finished up his freshman season at Stanford. Now, he's tied for the lead with Alex Cejka after the first round of the 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Daly City, Calif. Click here to read Brentley Romine's recap from Round 1.
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• Stuard leads Springfield qualifier after 18
Brian Stuard of Jackson, Mich., fired a first-round, bogey-free 6-under 64 at Springfield Country Club to take a two-shot lead into the clubhouse at the Springfield, Ohio, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier. Click here to read Cassie Stein's recap for more on the first-round action in Springfield.
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• Medalist Collins, Hurley among qualifiers in Maryland
Nothing in Chad Collins’ 2014 resume offered an indication that he could pencil Pinehurst No. 2 onto his upcoming schedule. Having missed the cut in nine of his last 12 starts, dating back to early February, Collins made just one bogey in each round and secured one of four spots available at Woodmont Country Club’s North Course in Rockville, Md. Click here to read more from Jim McCabe.
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• On a roll, Whitsett medals at Houston qualifier
For now, the lower-case “a” will remain by his name, but make no mistake about it, Cory Whitsett has got the professional game.
Less than a week removed from helping his Alabama Crimson Tide roll to a second straight NCAA title, the big-hitting lefthander put on a clinic at his home course, Lakeside Country Club in Houston, to emphatically seize a spot in the upcoming U.S. Open field, where he will play as an amateur, then turn professional. Click here to read more from Jim McCabe.
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Walton Heath GC
• Harrington out, while Lowry in via hot hand.
Padraig Harrington will miss America’s national championship for the first time since 1999, returning rounds of 75 and 71 as he was trying to qualify for a major for the first time since he made his way into the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie. The three-time major winner’s appearance at Walton Heath proves just how far he’s fallen down the world order – 214th on the Official World Golf Ranking from a high of third in 2009.
Shane Lowry showed the kind of confidence Harrington is seeking. He returned rounds of 69 and 67 for an 8-under-par total of 136 and easily took one of the 14 spots available to the field of 105. It was a continuation of the sort of golf that saw him finish second behind Rory McIlroy in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Click here to read more about the England qualifier.
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Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Nara International GC
• Liang medals at Japan sectional
Wen-Chong Liang, the only Chinese golfer to ever crack the top 100 in the OWGR and owner of one European Tour victory among his 19 professional victories, will make his first appearance in the U.S. Open.
Liang has U.S. major experience, finishing T-8 at the 2008 PGA Championship, including a course-record 64 in the third round. The winner of three straight China Amateur titles (1996-98) will be the second Chinese golfer to play in the U.S. Open.
Liang will be joined by Kiyoshi Miyazato, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Toru Taniguchi, Azuma Yano and David Oh at next month's championship at Pinehurst No. 2. Click here to read more about the Japan qualifier.