We’ve experienced a beautiful spring in 2015, days in the 70s throughout April and early May with most snow gone before March concluded. The weather has been, aside from some lack of necessary precipitation, gorgeous.
That is, until Monday, May 11th arrived.
U.S. Open local qualifying (#RoadtoChambersBay) took place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at what is now known as the Country Club of Sioux Falls (formerly Westward Ho Country Club). The weather was nothing short of horrid.
Temperatures never peaked over 50 degrees. Winds gusted upwards of 15 MPH. It was drizzly, gloomy and damp. In golf, bad weather consists of the big three: cold, windy and wet. Monday offered all three.
But this didn’t stop the areas top golfers from pursuing their dreams of competing in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay this summer from June 18-21. In all, 45 competitors teed it up, vying for 2 spots into sectional qualifying.
After 18 holes, 72 ended up being good enough.
Jon Trasamar (71) of Blue Earth, MN and Brandon Askew (72) of Fountain Hills, AZ both earned spots into U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying on June 8th. Askew advanced in a playoff over John Hurley.
Great coverage by the SDGA, by the way. Follow them here!
— SDGA (@SDGAgolf) May 11, 2015
Trasamar, by way of a one-under par score of 71, is on his way to Sectionals for the US Open in early June. Trasamar was the only golfer under par for the day.
A former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher golfer, Trasamar is a 24-year old professional playing out of Blue Earth, MN.
Jon’s 2014 was an eventful one. After finishing his college career at the U of M with a Big Ten Championship team victory and a trip to the NCAA regionals.
When he turned pro, he played 5 professional events on the Dakotas Tour, making the cut in all 5. He notched his first professional win at the Bakker Crossing Pro-Am via rounds of 73-64-64 for a total of 201.
— SDGA (@SDGAgolf) May 12, 2015
Askew is a 33-year old professional golfer who calls Fargo, ND home. He’s played professionally in Arizona for the past few golf seasons, primarily spending his time on the eGolf Gateway Tour.
Askew is a former high school champion from North Dakota who played collegiately as a UNLV Running Rebel. He was on the team the same time PGA Tour player Ryan Moore played, only a few years before Ryan Moore’s legendary amateur successes.
Askew currently resides in Fountain Hills, AZ.
Congratulations to both golfers and to all who played in the event.
Here’s a screenshot of the top-10 and ties from the SDGA website.