One of golf’s most grueling days is over.
The 10 sectional qualifying rounds for the U.S. Open concluded on Monday and the field is nearly filled for Chambers Bay. Here is a quick rundown of the 10 sectional results.
Brookside Golf & Country Club /The Lakes Golf & C.C.
Columbus was the site of the deepest field in U.S Open sectionals.
A player that has strong ties to Chambers Bay–Michael Putnam is from University Place, Washington–was the victor. Putnam and could be considered an expert of the venue in next week’s U.S. Open. He was co-medalist at the sectional with Sam Saunders, a rookie on the PGA Tour who used his caddy’s irons.
Bryson DeChambeau–the recently crowned individual NCAA Champ– and David Hearn shared third. Qualifying spots went as well to Sebastian Cappelen, George McNeil, Daniel Summerhays, Brad Fritsch, Ryo Ishikawa, Cameron Smith, Camilo Villegas and Bo Van Pelt.
A playoff of 5 for 3 was needed to determine the final three spots and D.A. Points, Robert Streb and Danny Lee qualified.
Germantown C.C./Ridgeway C.C.
Rookie Blayne Barber was co-medalist with Brad Elder and Tyler Duncan to earn a spot at the U.S. Open, which will be his first.
Others qualifiers were Retief Goosen (a two-time U.S. Open champion), Andres Romero, Tom Hoge (North Dakota native), Charlie Beljan, Brian Harman and Davis Riley an amateur.
Missing out were David Toms, Martin Laird and David Duval. Duval will now be able to focus on his Golf Channel duties.
The Bear Club
Luke Donald, a former world #1, had to qualify for the first time in over 10 years and was successful. He was co-medalist with amateur Jack Maguire and Andrew Pope. Sam Horsfield, another amateur whose committed to the University of Florida, also qualified.
The qualifier was played at Luke Donald’s home course, the Bear Club. The only other big names to compete were Chris DiMarco and Brett Wetterich (if Wetterich can still be called a ‘big name’), but both WD’d after one round.
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Old Oaks Country Club / Century Country Club
Lee Janzen (another two-time U.S. Open champion) earned a spot, which will be his first U.S. Open since 2008. Also qualifying were Jamie Lovemark, Rich Berberian and Pat Wilson.
The New York site was one of the smallest sites and lacked top level talent. Johnson Wagner missed out here by a few strokes. 23 of the 71 golfers were amateurs.
Springfield Country Club
Tony Finau followed his T-8 at Memorial with a 66-67 to qualify. Chambers Bay will be his first major championship.
— Tony Finau Golf (@tonyfinaugolf) June 9, 2015
Michael Davan was the medalist winner and the final two spots went to Nick Hardy, an amateur who competed deep into the NCAA Championships last week with LSU and Stephan Jaeger, a former U.S. Amateur champion. Troy Merritt missed out along with Big Break’s Richy Werenski and Brian Stuard.
Qualifyiers were Mark Silvers, Cole Hammer (a 15-year old amateur), Kyle Jones, Matt Mabrey, Jason Allred and Cody Gribble. 5 PGA Tour players were nudged in the first five places, two of them earning alternate spots.
Cole Hammer is the story here, as the future UT Longhorn golfer just finished competing in middle school golf tournaments.
US Open qualifier Cole Hammer was born on Aug. 28, 1999. Few months from being the first 2000s baby to play in a men’s major championship.
— Troy Klongerbo Golf (@troy_usgolftv) June 9, 2015
Woodmont Country Club (North Course)
Billy Hurley III qualified sharing medalist honors with amateur Denny McCarthy. Tim O’Neal took the final spot. Read the story on Tim O’Neal here.
Woodmont Country Club lacked PGA Tour players, only featuring a few in their field.
Ball Ground, Georgia
Hawks Ridge Golf Club
Medalist honors went to Matt NeSmith while Lee McCoy and Roberto Castro also qualified. NeSmith lit the course on fire, shooting 17-under par in 36 holes of golf. Talk about birdies….
NeSmith, a South Carolina Gamecock golfer and Lee McCoy, a Georgia Bulldog golfer both qualified as amateurs.
Interesting: William Wilcox withdrew after a first round of 67. Would like to know why.
14 of the 42 players finished over par. Everyone else was under par for the event. The course got torched.
Newport Beach, California
Big Canyon C.C./Newport Beach C.C.
Medalist honors went to Kevin Lucas, while other qualifiers included Beau Hossler, Jared Becher and Jake Knapp an amateur. Knapp, Campbell and Hossler are good friends who have played competitively against each other since before they were teenagers.
Other spots went to Alex Kim, Josh Anderson and Brian Campbell (a University of Illinois golfer).
Cle Elum, Washington
Tumble Creek Club
Three University of Washington players qualified. Cheng-Tsung Pan earned the medalist honors, while the other spots were filled by Troy Kelly and Richard Lee.
The second alternate, Donald Constable, fired a first round 66 before a second round 75 derailed his chances of automatic qualifying. He’ll now need to wait.
James Lepp, the founder of Kikkor shoes, missed out along with University of Oregon head coach Casey Martin.