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U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying: Who’s in, who’s out



Golf’s longest day, as U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying is called, is in the books. Up for grabs were 55 spots at Oakmont in two weeks. Competing: roughly 700 golfers from seasoned tour pros, to rising stars on the PGA Tour, to elite amateurs and college sensations. Here’s a look at the qualifiers and notable missers from the 10 sectional venues where play was held.

Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course): Roswell, Georgia

38 players for 3 spots

  • Medalist: Kent Bulle
  • Other qualifiers: Ryan Stachler (a), Frank Adams III
  • Notable missers: Ollie Schniederjans, Blake Adams (WD) Tour member Kent Bulle carded a second-round 64. University of South Carolina star Ryan Stachler finished at 8-under par, three strokes behind Bulle. Frank Adams III, who turned pro in 2003 and currently plays on the Tour, finished at 7-under.

Woodmont Country Club (North Course): Rockville, Maryland

55 players for 3 spots 

  • Medalist: Billy Hurley III
  • Other qualifiers: Chase Parker, Dennis McCarthy
  • Notable misser: Steve Wheatcroft

Billy Hurley III lit it up, finishing at 9-under for his two rounds at Woodmont. McCarthy got in with a 10-footer to save par on his final hole. Both Parker and McCarthy carded second-round 67s. McCarthy plays on the Tour.

Canoe Brook (North and South Courses): Summit, New Jersey

98 players for 6 spots

  • Co-medalists: Jim Herman, Rob Oppenheim
  • Other qualifiers: Justin Hicks, Michael Miller, Andy Pope, Christopher Crawford
  • Notable missers: Johnson Wagner, Andrew Svoboda, Lee Janzen

Chris Crawford, who just finished college at Drexel University, canned a 40-footer on his final hole after playing his approach shot from the wrong fairway to secure the sixth and final spot.

Leading the way among the other five: Jim Herman and Rob Oppenheim. Herman carded rounds of 67-70 and will be competing in his fourth U.S. Open. Oppenheim is a rookie on the PGA Tour and has played in our national championship one time.

Springfield Country Club: Springfield, Ohio

59 players for 4 spots

  • Medalist: Nick Hardy (a)
  • Other qualifiers: Kyle Mueller (a), Patrick Wilkes-Krier, Charlie Danielson (a)
  • Notable missers: Tony Finau, Brian Stuard, Zac Blair, Sammy Schmitz (a), Jamie Sadlowski, Matt Jones

Illinois junior Nick Hardy tallied a 6-under total for his two rounds at Springfield Country Club, a venue where only five golfers carded under-par scores after 36 holes. After eight years of little success on mini-tours, Patrick Wilkes-Krier is a full-time golf instructor now. He finished just a stroke behind the medalist.

University of Illinois alum Charlie Danielson impressively took down Tony Finau in a playoff for the final spot, capitalizing when the second-year Tour pro’s drive went wayward.

Germantown Country Club/Ridgeway Country Club: Memphis, Tennessee

121 players for 10 spots 

  • Co-medalists: D.J. Trahan, Andres Gonzales
  • Other qualifiers: Derek Fathauer, Andrew Landry, Dicky Pride, J.J. Henry, David Toms, Sam Burns (a), Sunghoon Kang
  • Notable missers: Whee Kim, Brian Gay, Robert Garrigus, Ryan Palmer, Scott Langley, Steve Stricker, Blayne Barber, Henrik Norlander, Robert Allenby, Andrew Loupe, Casey Wittenberg, Brian Harman, Ben Crane, Mark Hubbard, Jhonny Vegas, Kelly Kraft, Jeff Overton, Derek Ernst, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Seung Yul Noh, Kyle Stanley

Emerging from a field packed with more talent than any other qualifier, D.J. Trahan and Andres Gonzales locked up medalist honors at 11-under par. A 6-for-2 playoff put Sunghoon Kang and LSU freshman Sam Burns through. Also of note: Trahan, who has competed in the U.S. Open three times, carded a blistering second-round 62.

Lakeside Country Club: Houston, Texas

51 players for 3 spots

  • Co-medalists: Kevin Tway, Derek Chang, Austin Jordan
  • Notable missers: James Driscoll, Beau Hossler (a) (WD), Edward Loar

Tway, Chang, and Jordan all finished at 7-under for their two-round work at Lakeside. Tway, who won the 2005 U.S. Junior, will be teeing it up in his third U.S. Open. Chang plied his trade on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica last year and fired two sub-70 rounds. Austin Jordan missed the cut in a pair of Adams Tour events last year.  

Royal Oaks Country Club: Vancouver, Washington

54 players for 3 spots 

  • Medalist: Aaron Wise (a)
  • Other qualifiers: Travis Howe, Matt Marshall

Finishing at 9-under, University of Oregon sophomore Aaron Wise continues his inspired run, a week after he was part of the NCAA championship-winning squad. Matt Marshall is a 31-year-old assistant pro in Portland. Travis Howe played college golf at Penn State. The trio will all be making their first starts in the U.S. Open.  

Lake Merced Golf Club/The Olympic Club (Ocean Course): Daly City, California

100 players for 6 spots

  • Medalist: Miguel Luis Tabuena
  • Other qualifiers: Justin Suh (a), Gregor Main, Mark Anguiano, Tyler Raber, Brandon Harkins
  • Notable missers: Gunn Yang (a)

Tabuena is a 21-year-old Philippine pro with nine professional victories under his belt. He took medalist honors by two strokes at 11-under. Main was a three-time All-American at UCLA and presently has conditional status on the Mackenzie Tour (and is a member at the Olympic Club).

Wedgewood Golf & Country Club/Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club: Powell, Ohio

103 players for 13 spots

  • Medalist: Carlos Ortiz
  • Other qualifiers: Bryson DeChambeau, Ethan Tracy, Brendan Steele, Spencer Levin, Wes Short, Kevin Streelman, Jason Kokrak, Luke Donald, Jason Allred, Patrick Rodgers, Scottie Scheffler (a), Richard Schembechler II
  • Notable missers: Daniel Summerhays, Adam Hadwin, Erik Compton, Ken Duke, Alex Cejka, Bud Cauley, Kyle Reifers, Aaron Baddeley, David Hearn, Camilo Villegas, John Senden, Shawn Stefani, K.J. Choi, Luke List, Peter Malnati, Si Woo Kim, Gary Woodland, Jamie Lovemark, Stuart Appleby, George McNeill

A 6-for-5 playoff saw six golfers return to the course Tuesday morning for the the final five spots of the 13 available. Already punching tickets were medalist Carlos Ortiz, who carded a pair of 66s to lead the way. Bryson DeChambeau and Ethan Tracy both finished at 9-under, with several other notable PGA Tour names filing in behind them.

Timuquana Country Club: Jacksonville, Florida

63 players for 4 spots

  • Medalist: Aron Price
  • Other qualifiers: Tim Wilkinson, Matthew Borchert, Sam Horsfield (a)
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  1. Steve

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Agreed, Puerto Rico Open should count for something. Didn’t get invite to Masters either.

  2. OH

    Jun 7, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Amazing scores! Just goes to show you the level at which these guys are playing at that the other 99% of us can only dream of.

  3. BeerandGolf

    Jun 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Congrats to my friend’s hubby Matt Marshall!!!

  4. steve

    Jun 7, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    That kid Aaron Wise looks like the real deal…………….maybe, maybe not

    • Jay

      Jun 7, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Way to hedge your bet. The point of this post would be….????????????????????

  5. Tom

    Jun 7, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Outstanding group of guys. Hard fought competition, many good players didn’t make the grade.

  6. Brad

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Shoutout to 2 Illini amateurs qualifying for the US Open for the 2nd consecutive season!

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday & Wednesday at the U.S. Open



GolfWRX is live this week from the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links!

We have plenty of general galleries packed with a bundle of great photos in our forums, as well as specialized and WITB galleries for you to enjoy. Here are ten interesting photos from Tuesday and Wednesday to get you fired up ahead of today’s opening round!

Bernd Wiesberger testing the new Aldila Rip X proto shaft.

Checking out Paul Casey’s custom Mizuno irons.

New Mitsubishi iron shaft.

Tiger Woods’ famed and trusty Scotty.

Justin Rose rocking Nike’s Roshe G Tour shoes from their “No Denim Allowed” pack at Pebble this week.

Amateur Matt Parziale gaming the “old school” ProForce V2 shaft in his 3W.

Up-close and personal with Kodai Ichihara’s wedges.

Rickie Fowler showing off the Cobra x CRU’s Headcover from Puma’s U.S. Open Patriot Pack.

Brett Drewitt getting into the spirit of things this week with appropriate wedge stampings at Pebble Beach.

Austin Eckroat’s Ping Redwood flat-stick has been impressing our members in our forums.

Check out all of Tuesday’s photos in our forums.

Check out all of Wednesday’s photos in our forums.



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Wednesday’s photos from the 2019 U.S. Open



GolfWRX is live from famed Pebble Beach for the 2019 U.S. Open.

From Wednesday’s pre-tournament action on the Monterey Peninsula, we have four general galleries, a Renato Paratore WITB, and a very cool look at Paul Casey’s Mizuno irons.

Check out links to all our photos from Wednesday, below.

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See Monday’s photos here

See Tuesday’s photos here

See what GolfWRXers are saying about the shots from Pebble in the discussion thread.

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Tuesday’s photos from the 2019 U.S. Open



GolfWRX is live from famed Pebble Beach for the 2019 U.S. Open.

From Tuesday’s pre-tournament action on the Monterey Peninsula, we have four general galleries, a few WITBs (including Tiger Woods), additional looks at Titleist’s new 620 and T100 irons, and an intriguing new shaft from Mitsubishi.

Check out links to all our photos from Tuesday, below.

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