PURCHASE, N.Y. – 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.
Oppenheim, 34, had tied for fourth and earned over $26,866 at the Web.com Tour’s South Georgia Classic in early May, but missed the cut in his last two events. He graduated from Rollins College in 2002 and has 10 career top-10 finishes on the Web.com Tour and has just two appearances in PGA Tour events (both in 2006).
A logjam of five players were stacked on the leaderboard at 1 under as the second round began at Old Oaks and The Century Club, including PGA Tour player Jamie Lovemark, the University of Texas’ Gavin Hall, and Matthew Dobyns, winner of the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship.
Lee Janzen, winner of the 1993 and 1998 U.S. Open championships, recovered from a 2-over front-nine to card an even-par 71at Century Country Club.
Cameron Wilson, the Stanford senior and NCAA Individual champion from nearby Rowayton, Conn., shot a 1-over 71 at Century Country Club.
Maxwell Scodro shot a front-nine 31 at Old Oaks to take the early lead, but went bogey-triple bogey-bogey on Nos. 15-17 to tumble even par and a tie for 10th.
As of 12:45 p.m., only a handful of players had yet to turn in their opening round scorecards, including Puetz who was two-under through nine holes at Century Country Club.