US Open final qualifiers: more than 200 ams ready to compete on June 6
May 23 was the last of 109 US Open local qualifying tournaments, where mid-amateur Ryan Terry traveled from Tennessee to Palmer, Alaska to shoot 68 and claim the 580th and final place in the final qualifying.
Terry will join more than 200 other enthusiasts vying for the chance to compete at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass. for the 122nd US Open – the site of amateur Francis Ouimet’s historic 1913 triumph at the US Open.
Nine 36-hole final qualifying tournaments will take place on Monday, June 6, all but solidifying the ground for the long-awaited return to Brookline. University of Texas junior Travis Vick hit his 35th hole of the day at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas, Texas on May 23 to kick off the fans, clinching the first non-professional ticket for the championship itself via qualifying.
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Who will join Vick and progress in “Golf’s Longest Day”? Here’s a look at the top amateurs at each of Monday’s nine qualifying venues.
The Olympic Club (Ocean Course) – San Francisco, CA. (Agreements)
AmateurGolf.com will be on hand to cover the 42 amateurs who make up the lesser-known but still spectacular 100-man field at the Olympic Club’s Ocean Course, recently renovated by Tom Weiskopf after the 2012 US Open. Pepperdine junior Dylan Menante leads the charge as the highest-ranked amateur in the field, ranking 11 in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings through individual titles at Valspar Collegiate and Western Intercollegiate during the 2021-2022 season. Menante, who was bye bye by the locals, will have the company Waves on the court, joined by teammate and fellow Southern California native William Mouw.
Other notable enthusiasts: Preston Summerhays, Barclay Brown, Christian Banke, Thomas Hutchison
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Pronghorn Resort (Nicklaus Course) – Bend, Ore. (Agreements)
Only 66 players will be in the high desert of Oregon for the final qualifier at Pronghorn, and the field of 27 amateurs will again be highlighted by a golfer from Pepperdine University. Joe Highsmith, who skated through the premises with a 69 at Andalusia Country Club in the California desert, recorded two more 69s last year to help the Waves senior and No. 3-ranked amateur in the Golfweek Rankings Medal/ AmateurGolf.com during last year’s qualifying final. , which he chose to play at Meadow Springs Country Club in his home state of Washington.
Other notable enthusiasts: Noah Goodwin, Noah Woolsey, Carson Barry, Yuki Moriyama
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Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club / Wedgewood G. & CC – Columbus, Ohio (Agreements)
The most star-studded amateur contingent among the remaining nine qualifiers is the Columbus, Ohio site, as four of Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com’s top 10 players are in the 120-person field, in addition stacked with notable PGA Tour members, including three-time winner Padraig Harrington. Texas Tech’s Ludvig Aberg (1), UNC’s Nick Gabrelcik (2), Texas A&M’s Sam Bennett (6) and Texas’ Pierceson Coody (9) headline the pair of private suburban clubs from Columbus just three miles apart.
Other notable enthusiasts: Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, Cole Hammer, Palmer Jackson, Gordon Sargent
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Springfield CC – Springfield, Ohio (Agreements)
Just an hour west of the courses in Powell, Ohio is the Donald Ross gem of the Springfield Country Club, where 29 fans will seek to triumph over another group of PGA Tour members. Maxwell Moldovan, a sophomore at Ohio State, ranked 8th in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings, is the highest-ranked player on the court and will be looking to qualify for his first US Open. AmateurGolf.com will also have a staff member present in Springfield.
Other notable enthusiasts: Adrien Dumont De Chassart, Mac McClear, Varun Chopra, Drew Goodman
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Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course) – Roswell, Ga. (Agreements)
Fittingly, University of Georgia senior Trent Phillips, ranked 4th in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings, will lead the way for the 21 amateurs to compete in one of the two Southeast qualifiers. The Ansley Golf Club site is unique in that the 18-hole championship course that will be played during qualifying is approximately 25 miles north of the original Downtown Atlanta Golf Club, which only has one nine-hole course.
Other notable enthusiasts: Ross Steelman, Spencer Cross, David Ford, Ben Woodruff
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Four additional qualifiers (Florida, Maryland, New York and Canada) have yet to release player lists or pairings. We’ll post previews and pairings here as they become available.
To note: The number of players progressing at each site will not be announced until Monday, June 6.
ABOUT US Open Final Qualifier
Final qualifications for the US Open Championship. Played at various venues across the United States on Monday a week and a half before the US Open. There is also a qualification in Japan and England. 36 holes in stroke play at each site.
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