2013 U.S. Open sectional qualifying roundup
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
U.S. Open sectional qualifying was held Monday at 11 different sites around the country. Here's a quick look at each sectional.
Brookside G&CC/Lakes G&CC
Medalist: Two-time PGA TOUR winner Charley Hoffman shot 11-under 133 to finish one shot ahead of four players. Hoffman was coming off a final-round 81 on Sunday at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. "Frankly, I wasn't sure I was going to play in the qualifier," Hoffman told The Associated Press. "I didn't know if I would show up. I had been out six of the last seven weeks. That bad round got me motivated, and Sunday night I decided I didn't want to let that linger."
Also qualifying: David Hearn, Nicholas Thompson, Robert Karlsson and Josh Teater all tied for second, one shot behind Hoffman. Karlsson and Teater also qualified for the British Open at a 36-hole, one-day qualifier last month in Texas, as did Luke Guthrie, who earned the last U.S. Open spot at this site. Guthrie hit a wedge shot to 5 feet and made the birdie putt to advance on the third playoff hole. ... David Lingmerth, the TOUR rookie who finished second at this year's THE PLAYERS Championship, tied for sixth with Brandt Jobe and Brendan Steele. ... Sang-Moon Bae, winner of this year's HP Byron Nelson Championship, was among the players to advance out of the playoff for the final spots, along with Aaron Baddeley, Rory Sabbatini, Ted Potter Jr., Justin Hicks and Doug LaBelle II.
Notables failing to qualify: Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters champ, was one of the players who failed to earn a U.S. Open spot in the playoff. ... University of Alabama sophomore Justin Thomas, last year's player of the year in college golf, failed to earn a spot one day after the Crimson Tide won the NCAA Championship. ... Scott Gardiner, the TOUR rookie who had to play Monday with borrowed clubs after his bag didn't arrive in time, followed his first-round 65 with a 74.
Medalist: Kevin Sutherland, winner of the 2002 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, shot 66-67 to finish one shot ahead of PGA TOUR rookie Shawn Stefani and three-time TOUR winner Jerry Kelly.
Also qualifying: TOUR rookie Morgan Hoffmann finished T-4 with Joe Ogilvie. Hoffmann was a member of the victorious U.S. team at the 2009 Walker Cup at Merion. He also made match play at the 2005 U.S. Am there. ... Another TOUR rookie, Scott Langley, made a hole-in-one on the 174-yard eighth hole at Colonial C.C.'s North Course. His bogey-free 67 there featured that ace, two birdies and 15 pars. Langley was co-low amateur at the 2010 U.S. Open (with fellow TOUR rookie Russell Henley). They both finished 16th at Pebble Beach. ... Alistair Presnell and Andrew Svoboda, two graduates of the 2012 Web.com Tour, earned spots in a 3-for-2 playoff.
Notables failing to advance: Two-time TOUR winner Scott Stallings was the odd man out in the playoff for the final spots. Stallings will be first alternate. ... Four-time TOUR winner Ben Crane finished two shots out of the playoff. ... Bobby Wyatt, a member of the University of Alabama team that won the NCAA Championship on Sunday in Georgia, finished at even par, four shots out of the playoff.
Old Oaks CC/Century CC
Medalists: Three players -- former TOUR player Geoff Sisk, PGA TOUR Canada member Jesse Smith and amateur Gavin Hall -- tied at 4-under 137. Smith and Hall both shot 70-67, while Sisk fired 68-69. Hall, an incoming freshman at Texas who represented the United States at the 2012 Junior Ryder Cup, made birdie on his final four holes.
Also qualifying: TOUR player Jim Herman grabbed the fourth and final qualifying spot by finishing at 3-under 138 (70-68). Herman was the beneficiary of some good timing. This site was given an extra qualifying spot when South Africa's Richard Sterne, who was exempt into the U.S. Open, withdrew Monday. Herman has made just two of 10 cuts on TOUR this year, earning $26,419. This is his third U.S. Open appearance in the past four years. he finished T47 in 2010 and missed the cut last year.
Notables failing to qualify: Alexandre Rocha, No. 19 on this year's Web.com Tour money list, tied for sixth. ... Brad Faxon, an eight-time winner on TOUR, also tied for sixth at 1 under par. ... TOUR rookie Luke List tied for 13th at 1-over 143.
Medalists: Web.com Tour players Adam Hadwin, Randall Hutchison and Russell Knox tied for first at 9-under 132. All three players shot 65 on Woodmont's South Course and 67 on the North Course. This qualifier was held near the site of the Web.com Tour's Mid-Atlantic Championship, which ended Sunday.
Also qualifying: Ryan Sullivan, of Winston-Salem, N.C., finished fourth, two shots behind the leaders. Sullivan shot a first-round 61 that included three bogeys and an eagle. He also had an eagle in his second-round 73. ... Matt Harmon, Cliff Kresge and Mathew Goggin tied for fifth at 6 under, while Matt Bettencourt, the 2010 Reno-Tahoe Open champion, won a 3-for-1 playoff for the final spot.
Notables failing to qualify: Timothy O'Neal, No. 3 on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Order of Merit, shot 4-under 137 to finish one shot out of the playoff. ... Mark Anderson, winner of this year's BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation on the Web.com Tour, shot 4 under. ... Fred Funk, the 2005 THE PLAYERS Championship winner, shot a second-round 66 but finished two shots out of the playoff.
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Medalists: Three players -- Matt Weibring, Edward Loar and Jordan Spieth -- shared medalist honors at 8-under 134. Weibring and Loar both shot 70-64, while Spieth fired back-to-back 67s. Weibring is the son of former TOUR winner D.A. Weibring. Loar is No. 2 on this year's Web.com Tour money list. Spieth was low amateur at the 2012 U.S. Open (T-21) after getting in the field as an alternate; he'll be competing as a professional this time. Spieth, in his rookie year on TOUR, has earned more than $900,000 on the PGA TOUR this year.
Also qualifying: Zack Fischer of Wake Village, Texas, grabbed the final qualifying spot at this site, beating three-time PGA TOUR winner Ryan Palmer in a 12-hole playoff. They played eight extra holes Monday before play was suspended due to darkness. Fischer birdied Lakewood Country Club’s 18th hole, the fourth hole played Tuesday morning, to earn his U.S. Open spot. Fischer birdied his final hole of regulation, and three out of his last five, to get in the playoff. Fischer has Monday qualified for three PGA TOUR events this year, with his best finish a T-68 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Notables failing to qualify: Ryan Hybl, the University of Oklahoma's head men's golf coach, shot 68-68 to miss the playoff by a stroke. ... Justin Leonard, the 1997 British Open and 1998 THE PLAYERS Championship winner, tied for 16th at 1 under. ... Julien Brun, the world's fourth-ranked amateur, also shot 1 under. ... Former TOUR winner Scott Verplank shot 70-72.
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Medalist: PGA TOUR player Brian Stuard (65-64) shot 11-under 129 to win by six shots. Stuard had 12 birdies and one bogey in the 36 holes. He is No. 60 in the FedExCup standings, with three top-10s in 16 starts this year.
Also qualifying: Brandon Brown of Shelbyville, Ky., grabbed the other qualifying spot by shooting 5-under 135 (70-65). He had eight birdies and three bogeys in his second round.
Notables failing to qualify: TOUR player Seung-Yul Noh shot 3-under 137 to fail to advance; he is No. 156 in the FedExCup after posting just one top-25 finish in 16 events this year. ... Wells Fargo Championship winner Derek Ernst shot 2-under 138 after a second-round 72. ... Fellow PGA TOUR rookie James Hahn also finished at 2 under par.
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BALL GROUND, GA.
Hawks Ridge GC
Medalists: Cal sophomore Michael Kim (67-66) and mini-tour player Ryan Nelson (68-65) both shot 11-under 133. Kim won the Jack Nicklaus Award on Sunday as college golf's player of the year. He competed in last week's NCAA Championship at the nearby Capital City Club's Crabapple Course, where the No. 1 Golden Bears lost in the semifinals after winning 11 of 13 previous tournaments this season.
Also qualifying: Grayson Murray, a sophomore at UNC Greensboro, shot 69-66 to finish at 9-under 135. He closed with three birdies and an eagle on his final six holes to grab the final qualifying spot at Hawks Ridge G.C. Murray was the second-youngest player to make the cut at a Web.com Tour event when he did so at the 2010 Rex Hospital Open.
Notables failing to qualify: T.J. Vogel, the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, is the first alternate after shooting 69-67. ... Former TOUR winner Billy Andrade shot 3-under 141, while another former TOUR winner, Heath Slocum, finished at even-par 144.
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Ritz-Carlton Members GC
Medalist: Kevin Phelan, a University of North Florida senior, shot 9-under 135 to finish one shot ahead of John Hahn. Phelan also qualified for the 2010 U.S. Open (MC) at Pebble Beach. Phelan, an amateur, will represent Europe at this week's Palmer Cup, a Ryder Cup-style event between collegians from the United States and Europe.
Also qualifying: John Nieporte earned this site’s final spot Tuesday morning, defeating 15-year-old David Snyder on the third hole of a playoff. Both players made par on two playoff holes Monday before play was called due to darkness. Nieporte, the director of instruction at Trump International in West Palm Beach, Fla., made birdie on the first hole played Tuesday to earn his spot at Merion. Nieporte and Snyder both shot 7-under 137.
Notables failing to qualify: Manuel Villegas, the younger brother of TOUR player Camilo Villegas, shot 1-under 143; Manuel Villegas is No. 5 on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Order of Merit. ... Brad Schneider, of Valrico, Fla., shot 68-80.
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Old Warson CC
Medalist: Champions Tour player Jay Don Blake, 54, shot 3-under 139 to finish three shots ahead of two players. Blake won his only TOUR title at the 1991 Farmers Insurance Open. He's also won three times on the Champions Tour. He was runner-up at the Champions Tour's Principal Charity Classic, which ended Sunday.
Also qualifying: Mackenzie Hughes, the 2011 and 2012 Canadian Amateur champion, earned the second and final spot, winning a playoff over Travis Johns. Hughes, now a professional, got into sectional qualifying as an alternate.
Notables failing to qualify: Former TOUR player Mike Small, the head coach at NCAA Championship runner-up Illinois, withdrew after a first-round 76.
CLE ELUM, WASH.
Tumble Creek Club
Medalist: Wil Collins of Albuquerque, N.M., shot 2-under 138 to qualify for his second U.S. Open.
Also qualifying: Cheng-Tsung Pan, a University of Washington junior, shot 1-under 139 to earn the second and final spot. Pan also qualified for the 2011 U.S. Open (MC). He will join Washington teammate Chris Williams at the U.S. Open. Williams is exempt to Merion after winning the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the world's top amateur.
Notables failing to qualify: Nick Taylor, the 2009 Mark H. McCormack Medal winner and a former University of Washington golfer, is the second alternate out of this site. Taylor was the low amateur at the 2009 U.S. Open. ... Casey Martin, the former TOUR player and head men's golf coach at the University of Oregon, shot 77-77. Martin was trying to qualify for a second consecutive U.S. Open.
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF.
Big Canyon CC/Newport Beach CC
Medalist: Web.com Tour player Bio Kim, 22, won by four shot after shooting a first-round 62 at Newport Beach CC. Kim finished at 10-under 133 after shooting a second-round 71. He played on TOUR in 2011 as a 20-year-old.
Also qualifying: Former TOUR players Steven Alker and Roger Tambellini tied for second at 6-under 137. Both players shot 69-68. ... Amateurs Max Homa and Cory McElyea earned the final spots in a 3-for-2 playoff. Homa had an eventful few days. He won the NCAA individual title on Thursday at Capital City Club's Crabapple Course. In Saturday's team semifinals at the NCAA Championship, he lost the deciding match to the University of Illinois' Thomas Pieters, the 2012 NCAA champion. Homa then qualified for the U.S. Open on Monday in California. McElyea is a University of San Francisco senior
Notables failing to qualify: Former TOUR winner and Ryder Cup participant Chris Riley shot 67-81. ... University of Texas freshman Beau Hossler, who briefly led during the second round of last year's U.S. Open, shot 72-83. Hossler was seeking his third consecutive U.S. Open berth.