Storylines: U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

Three-time major champion Vijay Singh will attempt to earn a spot in his 19th U.S. Open when he tees it up in the Columbus, Ohio qualifier. (USGA/Fred Vuich)
Three-time major champion Vijay Singh will attempt to earn a spot in his 19th U.S. Open when he tees it up in the Columbus, Ohio qualifier. (USGA/Fred Vuich)


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Big Canyon Country Club & Newport Beach Country Club   Scoring

Newport Beach, Calif.; 112 players for 6 spots

  • Josh Anderson, of Murrieta, Calif., was PGA Tour player Rickie Fowler’s teammate at Murrieta Valley High School. An honorable mention All-America player at Pepperdine University, Anderson was a semifinalist at the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links. He advanced to match play at the 2007 and 2008 U.S. Amateurs and competed in two U.S. Junior Amateurs.
  • Jeff Brehaut, of Los Altos, Calif., has played in two U.S. Opens and tied for 17th in 2007. He has competed in one U.S. Senior Open, tying for 23rd in 2013. The 51-year old won twice on the Nationwide Tour (now Web.com Tour) and earned his PGA Tour card through Q-School in 1998.
  • Brian Campbell, of Irvine, Calif., is a senior at the University of Illinois. He was chosen first-team All-Big Ten Conference for the second straight year and was the conference’s top player in 2014. He advanced through local and sectional qualifying to play in his first U.S. Open last year.
  • Patrick Cantlay, of Long Beach, Calif., has played in two U.S. Opens and was the low amateur in 2011, tying for 21st. Cantlay reached the 2011 U.S. Amateur final (losing to Kelly Kraft) and was a member of the 2011 USA Walker Cup Team. He was a semifinalist in the 2010 U.S. Amateur, held at Chambers Bay.
  • Cameron Champ, of Sacramento, Calif., just completed his freshman year at Texas A&M University. Champ, a product of the First Tee program, advanced to the Round of 32 in the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur. His father, Jeff, was selected in the 33rd round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Baltimore Orioles and was a catcher at San Diego State University.
  • Keith Clearwater, 55, of Las Vegas, Nev., has played in seven U.S. Opens. He shot a 70 in U.S. Open local qualifying to advance to sectional play. Clearwater, who won twice on the PGA Tour, played on Brigham Young University’s first varsity golf team.
  • Fred Couples, 55, has played in 23 U.S. Opens and has nine top-25 finishes. He tied for third in 1991 at Hazeltine National Golf Club, his best finish. A 15-time winner on the PGA Tour, Couples grew up in Seattle, less than 40 miles from Chambers Bay, the site of this year’s U.S. Open.
  • Miguel Delgado, 18, of Novato, Calif., is a two-time Marin County Athletic League Player of the Year and was the state runner-up as a sophomore. He qualified for the 2013 U.S. Amateur, held at The Country Club, in Brookline, Mass. He will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall.
  • Dillon Dougherty, of La Quinta, Calif., was the runner-up to Edoardo Molinari at the 2005 U.S. Amateur. Dougherty, who was an All-Big Ten Conference performer at Northwestern, is now an assistant professional and golf instructor. He caddied for Tiger Woods when the three-time U.S. Open champion played as a collegian at Stanford.
  • Brady Exber, 59, of Las Vegas, Nev., advanced through U.S. Open local qualifying with a 69 at Barona Creek Golf Club, in Lakeside, Calif. He has played in 18 USGA championships and tied for 41st in the 2007 U.S. Senior Open. Exber, the son of a former casino owner, won the 2014 Senior British Amateur Championship.
  • Shane Feist, of Bismarck, N.D., was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2009. He overcame two surgeries and a cycle of chemotherapy to earn all-conference honors at Missouri Western State University. Feist, who plays on the Dakotas Tour, won the North Dakota Golf Association’s stroke-play title in 2009.
  • Max Homa is attempting to qualify for his second U.S. Open, having played in 2013. Homa, an All-American at the University of California-Berkeley and a member of the 2013 USA Walker Cup Team, has played in nearly 20 PGA Tour events this season. He reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 U.S. Amateur, held at Chambers Bay.
  • Beau Hossler, of Mission Viejo, Calif., was chosen 2015 Big 12 Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore on the University of Texas team. Hossler played in the 2011 U.S. Open at age 16 and tied for 29th in 2012. He qualified for match play at last year’s U.S. Amateur.
  • Tom Johnson, of Sacramento, Calif., was the medalist with a 63 in U.S. Open local qualifying at Silverado Resort, in Napa, Calif. Johnson was PGA Tour veteran Luke Donald’s college teammate at Northwestern. He has played in eight USGA championships, including three U.S. Amateurs. He just completed his first year as assistant coach at University of California-Davis.
  • Kaiwen Liu, 15, of San Diego, Calif., is a sophomore at Torrey Pines High School and his team has won five consecutive sectional titles. He earned second-team All-CIF San Diego Section honors and was the runner-up at the FCG San Diego Junior Amateur last year.
  • Byron Meth, 22, of San Diego, Calif., won the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, defeating Doug Ghim in 37 holes. Meth, who earned a spot in the 2015 Masters field with his victory, reached the Round of 16 in last year’s U.S. Amateur. Meth, who is a senior at the University of the Pacific, was the 2015 West Coast Conference runner-up and advanced to NCAA regionals.
  • Jesse Mueller, of Mesa, Ariz., advanced through both local and sectional qualifying to the 2012 U.S. Open and is attempting to repeat that performance after firing a 67 in last month’s Peoria, Ariz., local qualifier. Mueller, who played at Arizona State, has competed on the Web.com Tour.
  • Rhett Rasmussen, 16, of Draper, Utah, tied for second at the 2014 Class 4A state championship and led his Canyon Corner High School team to a seventh-place finish. Rasmussen, who was third at the state competition as a sophomore, qualified for the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • Ryann Ree, of Redondo Beach, Calif., is the brother of Robynn Ree, who advanced to the finals of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship and the Round of 32 at last year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur. He is a member of the San Diego State University team after starting his college career at Oregon.
  • Isaiah Salinda, 18, of South San Francisco, Calif., fired a 64 to earn medalist honors in U.S. Open local qualifying at Stanford University Golf Course. Salinda, who will attend Stanford in 2015-16, is a three-time all-league section and was the 2013 San Jose Mercury News Boys Golfer of the Year. Salinda attended Junipero Serra High, a school that has produced several notable athletes, including three-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady.
  • Otto Vanhatalo, 19, of San Diego, Calif., is a first-team All-CIF section performer at Torrey Pines High School who will attend San Diego State University in the fall. A native of Finland, Vanhatalo tied for 11th in the 2014 Finnish Amateur and placed second in the 2013 Finnish International Junior Under-18 tournament.
  • Chris Zambri, of Camarillo, Calif., is in his ninth year as the head coach at the University of Southern California. He has guided USC to the NCAA Championships in every season. Zambri was an all-conference golfer for the Trojans and played professionally on the Nationwide Tour. He qualified for the 1995 and 1999 U.S. Opens.


The Bears Club   Scoring

Jupiter, Fla.; 70 players for 4 spots

  • Hernan Borja, of Coral Springs, Fla., is the son of former professional soccer player and 1984 U.S. Olympic Team member Chico Borja. Hernan helped Barry University claim the 2007 NCAA Division II national championship and was the program’s first player to earn first-team All-America recognition.
  • Matthew Ceravolo, of Wellington, Fla., won the 2008 Florida Boys’ Junior championship. His father, Joe, was a basketball letterman at SMU. His grandfather, Joe Sr., served as chairman of the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame election committee.
  • Thomas Curtis, of England, advanced from U.S. Open local qualifying in a 4-for-1 playoff at Shingle Creek Golf Club, in Orlando, Fla. His wife, Amber, allowed him to play in an event during their Bermuda honeymoon last March and he went on to win the Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship. Curtis has competed on the Gateway and PGA Latinoamerica tours.
  • Chris DiMarco, 46, has played in eight U.S. Opens and his best finish was a tie for ninth in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills. DiMarco has finished second in the other three major professional championships: the Masters (2005), British Open (2006) and PGA (2004).
  • Luke Donald has competed in 11 U.S. Opens and his best finish was a tie for eighth in 2013. Donald has won five times on the PGA Tour and seven times on the PGA European Tour, including back-to-back BMW PGA Championship wins in 2011 and 2012.
  • Alejandro Garmendia, 22, of Weston, Fla., was the No. 1-ranked player in his native Venezuela at age 16. He qualified for the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic three years later.
  • Sam Horsfield, 18, of England, advanced to the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur semifinals and the quarterfinals the previous year. He reached the Round of 64 at last year’s U.S. Amateur and made match play in all three U.S. Amateur Public Links he played. Horsfield, who won the 2013 Florida State Amateur and has lived in the state since age 5, will attend the University of Florida in 2015-16.
  • Sean Jacklin, of Bradenton, Fla., is the son of 1970 U.S. Open champion Tony Jacklin. Sean, who went to high school in Florida, was named after actor Sean Connery, his father’s good friend. He has played on the Challenge Tour and recently earned his South Africa Sunshine Tour card.
  • Josh Jamieson, of Scotland, is the great grandson of Laurie Ayton, who played in eight U.S. Opens, including a tie for ninth in 1925, and is a descendant of William Ayton Sr., one of the 11 founding members of St. Andrews. Jamieson, a junior on the Northwestern University golf team, grew up playing all of the St. Andrews’ links courses and worked at the Old Course as a caddie.
  • Jack Maguire, 20, of St. Petersburg, Fla., earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition as a sophomore on the Florida State University team. He tied for fifth at the ACC Championship and led the Seminoles to their fourth straight NCAA Championship appearance. His older brother, M.J., plays at the University of North Florida. Jack won the 2013 Florida Class 2A state championship.
  • Brett Wetterich is attempting to qualify for this third U.S. Open. He has won once on the PGA Tour and three times on the Nationwide (now Web.com) Tour. In 1999, he made a par on the last hole of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament to earn his card on the number.

 

Hawks Ridge Golf Club   Scoring

Ball Ground, Ga.; 42 players for 3 spots  

  • Matthew Bettencourt, 40, has played in three U.S. Opens, with his best finish a tie for ninth in 2009 at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course. Bettencourt has won once on the PGA Tour and twice on the Nationwide (now Web.com) Tour.
  • Franco Castro, of Alpharetta, Ga., is the brother of PGA Tour player Roberto Castro and the nephew of LPGA Tour veteran Jenny Lidback. He was a two-time all-conference performer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte after transferring from Louisiana State University. Castro qualified for the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay.
  • Roberto Castro is attempting to qualify for his third U.S. Open. His brother, Franco, is competing in this same Ball Ground, Ga., sectional qualifier. Roberto, who was an All-American as a collegian at Georgia Tech, played on the eGolf and Nationwide tours before earning his PGA Tour card in 2012. His mother is Peruvian and his father is Costa Rican.
  • Jamie Cheatham, 18, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., was the 2014 San Diego Section Player of the Year when he led Torrey Pines High School to its fifth consecutive sectional crown. Cheatham, who will attend the University of California-Berkeley in the fall, tried golf at age 5 during a visit to his mother’s native Argentina.
  • Hunter Hamrick, of St. Simons Island, Ga., shot a 65 in U.S. Open local qualifying to move on to sectional play. He advanced through both local and sectional play to his first U.S. Open in 2012. Hamrick, who tied for 46th at the 2012 U.S. Open, competes on the Web.com Tour. He played in the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur at age 13 and was the youngest player (age 15) in the field at the 2005 U.S. Amateur. Hamrick was an All-American at the University of Alabama.
  • Smylie Kaufman, of Birmingham, Ala., played in his first U.S. Open last year after advancing through both local and sectional qualifying. He is attempting to accomplish the same feat this year after shooting a 68 in the Omaha, Neb., local qualifier. His grandfather, Alan, was the head coach at University of Alabama-Birmingham and his father, Jeff, played as a collegian at LSU.
  • Lee McCoy earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a junior on the University of Georgia squad. McCoy was co-medalist at the 2014 U.S. Amateur before losing in the Round of 64 to Nathan Smith. He qualified for match play at both the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Junior Amateurs.
  • Ryan Nelson, of Charleston, S.C., is attempting to advance through both local and sectional qualifying to the U.S. Open for the third time. He accomplished the feat in 2011 and 2013. Nelson, a 37-year-old professional, primarily competes on the eGolf Gateway Tour.
  • Matthew NeSmith, of North Augusta, S.C., became the second University of South Carolina player to win the SEC Championship. He led the Gamecocks to a tie for second at this year’s championship and the program’s third consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. NeSmith advanced to match play at the 2014 U.S. Amateur and 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • T.J. Vogel, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., won the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and played in the 2013 Masters Tournament. Vogel, an All-America player at the University of Florida, now competes on the Web.com Tour.
  • Todd White, 47, of Spartanburg, S.C., won the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship with partner Nathan Smith and was a member of the winning 2013 USA Walker Cup Team. He has competed in 16 USGA championships, including four U.S. Amateurs and three Mid-Amateurs. He played in the 1995 U.S. Open, held at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

 

Woodmont Country Club (North Course)   Scoring

Rockville, Md.; 56 players for 3 spots

  • Adam Ball, of Glen Allen, Va., advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Amateur and is a junior on the Virginia Commonwealth University team. Ball reached the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur, losing to eventual champion Jordan Spieth.
  • Garrett Barber, 15, of Stuart, Fla., shot a 5-under-par 67 to earn medalist honors at the Delray Beach, Fla., local qualifier. Barber is a ninth grader at The Pine School. He qualified for last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
  • Brian Hollins, of Mount Laurel, N.J., is assistant professional at Trenton Country Club. His fiancé, Carli Lloyd, is a member of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team and has won two Olympic gold medals and earned a World Cup silver and bronze.
  • Billy Hurley III tied for 48th in his first U.S. Open last year. Hurley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was chosen 2004 Patriot League Player of the Year. He was a member of the winning 2005 USA Walker Cup Team. Hurley rose to the rank of lieutenant and served on U.S. Navy destroyers and cruisers.
  • Tyler Koch, 17, of Issue, Md., is a junior on the La Plata High School team. He tied for 18th at the 2015 MPSSAA state championship. He helped his squad register an undefeated conference season for the second consecutive year.
  • Denny McCarthy, of Rockville, Md., has played in nine USGA championships, including six U.S. Amateurs. He advanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals last year, losing to Corey Conners. McCarthy is the first player in the history of the University of Virginia program to earn All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors four times. He also helped the USA team win the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship.
  • Timothy O’Neal, 42, of Savannah, Ga., has played on the Web.com, PGA Tour Latinoamerica, Asian and eGolf tours. He also competed on the European Professional Development Tour in Morocco and was sponsored for two years by actor Will Smith. He was the first African-American to win the Georgia State Amateur in 1997. O’Neal played collegiately at Jackson State and was coached by Eddie Payton, whose brother Walter is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Camiko Smith, of Bermuda, grew up next to a public course (Port Royal G.C.) in his native country. He worked for eight years as assistant pro shop manager at Belmont Hills C.C. and recently relocated to Orlando, Fla. Smith also reached U.S. Open sectional qualifying last year.
  • Patrick Tallent, of Vienna, Va., is the oldest player in U.S. Open sectional qualifying at age 61. Tallent has competed in 27 USGA championships, including four U.S. Senior Opens. He won the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur by defeating Bryan Norton, 2 and 1, in the final.
  • Michael Thompson tied for second (behind champion Webb Simpson) at the 2012 U.S. Open, held at The Olympic Club, in San Francisco. Thompson, the 2007 U.S. Amateur runner-up (also at Olympic), was the low amateur in the 2008 U.S. Open. He won the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic in 2013.
  • Michael Tobiason Jr., of Wilmington, Del., advanced through U.S. Open local qualifying for the fifth consecutive year. Tobiason, who wears black socks during competition, played in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club.
  • Derek Tolan, 29, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., played in the 2002 U.S. Open as a 16-year-old and made a 50-foot birdie chip on the first playoff hole at sectional qualifying to advance to Bethpage State Park’s Black Course. Tolan later qualified for the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links. An honorable mention All-American at the University of Colorado, Tolan competes on the Web.com Tour.
  • Mason Williams, of Bridgeport, W.Va., is the youngest player in U.S. Open sectional qualifying at age 15. He tied for third at the WVSSAC Class AA state championship in the fall of 2014. The freshman led Bridgeport High to a runner-up finish. Williams won the 2014 West Virginia Junior Amateur Championship (Boys’ 13-14).

 

Old Oaks Country Club & Century Country Club   Scoring

Purchase, N.Y.; 71 golfers for 4 spots

  • Dylan Dethier, of Williamstown, Mass., took a post-high school adventure in which he played golf in the each of the Lower 48 states. His journey included rounds at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links and TPC Sawgrass, but mostly public courses. The expedition resulted in a book, “18 in America: A Young Golfer’s Journey to Find the Essence of the Game.” Dethier would later play on the golf team at Williams College, where his father, David, is a professor.
  • Matthew Dobyns, of Lake Success, N.Y., is the head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club and won the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship. He is attempting to advance through both local and sectional qualifying for the second consecutive year.
  • Scott Dunlap, 51, of Duluth, Ga., tied for ninth at last year’s U.S. Senior Open. He has played in five U.S. Opens and tied for 24th in 1997 at Congressional Country Club. His sister, Page Halpin, finished 64th in the U.S. Women’s Open that same summer.
  • Brian Gaffney, 44, of Darien, Conn., qualified for his lone U.S. Open in 2012 by advancing through both local and sectional qualifying. He is attempting to accomplish that same feat this year. Gaffney is the head professional at Quaker Ridge Golf Club, the site of the 1997 Walker Cup Match and 2018 Curtis Cup Match.
  • Gavin Hall, 20, of Pittsford, N.Y., is a sophomore on the University of Texas golf team, where he earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors this year. He was the youngest player in the 2013 U.S. Open field at Merion Golf Club when he qualified through local and sectional play. Hall competed in the 2013 and 2014 U.S. Amateurs.
  • Scott Harrington, of Scottsdale, Ariz., is the son of Bob Harrington, the former president of the Oregon Golf Association who played in the 2003 U.S. Senior Open. Scott, who played at Northwestern University, won the 2001 Big Ten Conference Championship. He participated in piano competitions for 11 years.
  • Lee Janzen, 50, won the 1993 and 1998 U.S. Opens, making him one of 18 players with multiple U.S. Open titles. He has not played in the Open since 2008. Janzen, who owns 12 PGA Tour victories, won for the first time on the Champions Tour on Feb. 15. He is fully exempt for this year’s U.S. Senior Open, which will be held at Del Paso Country Club, in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Skip Kendall, 50, of Windermere, Fla., advanced through U.S. Open local qualifying in Lake Mary, Fla. with a 67. Kendall qualified for this year’s U.S. Senior Open, in Sacramento, Calif., on May 28 when he earned medalist honors with a 66 in the St. Petersburg, Fla., sectional. He has played in five U.S. Opens and tied for 17th in 2004. Kendall won four times on the Nationwide (now Web.com) Tour.
  • Mike McCoy, 52, of Des Moines, Iowa, was the low amateur in the 2014 U.S. Senior Open and won the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship as the second-oldest winner. McCoy, who is a member of the Iowa Golf Association Hall of Fame, has played in 43 USGA championships. He will be in the field at this year’s U.S. Senior Open.
  • Fran Quinn, 50, has played in four U.S. Opens. He advanced through both local and sectional qualifying last year to Pinehurst No. 2 and finished in a tie for 56th after being tied for second with an opening-round 68. Quinn, who turned professional in 1988, has played on the PGA, Web.com and Asian tours.
  • Vinay Ramesh, 17, of Newtown, Pa., captured the 2014 PIAA-AAA state championship. The Pennsbury High School senior rallied from six strokes behind and won on the third playoff hole. Ramesh, who will attend Princeton University in 2015-16, claimed last year’s Philadelphia Junior PGA title.
  • Steve Scott was the 1996 U.S. Amateur runner-up to Tiger Woods, losing in 38 holes. Scott, who is the head professional at Paramount Country Club in New City, N.Y., played on the PGA, Web.com and Canadian tours. He was a member of two USA Walker Cup Teams, in 1997 and 1999, and the 1996 USA World Amateur Team squad.
  • Nathan Smith, 36, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and holds the record for the most victories in the championship. He won this year’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball title with partner Todd White. Smith, who has played on three USA Walker Cup teams, works as an investment advisor. He has played in 33 USGA championships.
  • Mark Watros, of Darien, Conn., is the caddie master at the Country Club of Darien. Watros served in the U.S. Marine Corps and had several tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Combat Distinguished Device after redirecting a vehicle loaded with explosives, saving many of his fellow Marines. He was one of eight players to advance from local qualifying at Elmwood Country Club, in White Plains, N.Y.
  • Cameron Young, 18, of Scarborough, N.Y., advanced to the quarterfinals of last year’s U.S. Amateur Championship, held at Atlanta Athletic Club. He played in three U.S. Junior Amateurs and reached the quarterfinals once and Round of 64 twice. His father, David, is the head professional at Sleepy Hollow Country Club and his mother, Barbara, is a former golf professional. He will attend Wake Forest University in 2015-16.

 

Brookside Golf & Country Club & Lakes Golf & Country Club   Scoring

Columbus, Ohio; 120 players for 15 spots

  • Robert Allenby has played in 15 U.S. Opens and has four top-25 finishes. His best performance is a tie for seventh in 2004. He has four wins on both the PGA Tour and PGA European Tour.
  • Ricky Barnes won the 2002 U.S. Amateur Championship by defeating Hunter Mahan in the final. He tied for second at the 2009 U.S. Open, held at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course. He also qualified for the 2000 U.S. Open as a 19-year-old amateur.
  • Derek Barron, of Tacoma, Wash., played and worked at Fort Steilacoom Golf Course, just 7 miles from Chambers Bay, this year’s U.S. Open site. Barron, who attended Emerald Ridge High School, is an assistant pro at Tacoma Firs Golf Club and competes on mini-tours.
  • Daniel Berger played in his first U.S. Open last year and tied for 28th at Pinehurst No. 2. He tied for second in the 2013 NCAA Championship as a sophomore at Florida State University. His father, Jay, is the head of men’s tennis for the United States Tennis Association.
  • Alex Cejka has played in seven U.S. Opens, including last year when he advanced through sectional qualifying. His best finish was a tie for eighth in 2010. At age 9, he and his father escaped from Czechoslovakia before settling down in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • K.J. Choi, 45, has competed in 13 U.S. Opens. His best finish was a tie for 15th in 2005 at Pinehurst No. 2 and in 2012 at The Olympic Club. Choi has eight PGA Tour wins, including the 2011 The Players Championship.
  • Stewart Cink, 42, has competed in 19 U.S. Opens and has seven top-25 finishes. He was third in 2001 at Southern Hills Country Club. Cink won the 2009 British Open in a four-hole aggregate playoff with Tom Watson.
  • Tim Clark has played in 10 U.S. Opens and tied for third in 2005 at Pinehurst No. 2. Clark, who owns 14 professional victories on several tours, captured the 2010 The Players Championship. He won the 1997 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
  • George Cunningham, 19, of Tucson, Ariz., earned 2015 second-team All-Pacific-12 Conference honors as a freshman at the University of Arizona. He was the youngest player (age 15) in the 2010 U.S. Amateur field at Chambers Bay. Cunningham played in four U.S. Junior Amateurs and reached the Round of 16 in 2013. He owns a Harley-Davidson sportster motorcycle.
  • Ben Curtis has played in seven U.S. Opens and his best finish was a tie for 14th in 2010 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Curtis captured the 2003 British Open in his first appearance.
  • Bryson DeChambeau, 21, of Clovis, Calif., is a junior on the Southern Methodist University team and the 2015 NCAA Division I individual champion. He has played in 10 USGA championships and was a quarterfinalist at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links. DeChambeau, who helped the USA to victory in the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship, reached the Round of 16 the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball.
  • Luke Guthrie qualified through the Columbus, Ohio, sectional to advance to the U.S. Open the last two years. In 2013, he made a birdie to survive an 11-for-7 playoff. In 2014, he shot rounds of 68 and 70 to earn one of 16 available spots. Guthrie, an All-American and Big Ten Conference Player of the Year at the University of Illinois, has won twice on the Web.com Tour.
  • Scott Harvey, of Greensboro, N.C., won the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur, which earned him an invitation to the 2015 Masters Tournament. Harvey, a property manager for S&K Triad Properties, reached the semifinals of the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball with partner Todd Mitchell. His late father, Bill, played in 23 USGA championships.
  • Kevin Kisner played in his first U.S. Open last year after advancing through the Memphis sectional qualifier with rounds of 69 and 66. Kisner, the first University of Georgia player to earn All-America honors four times, has finished second twice on the PGA Tour this season, losing in playoffs at the RBC Heritage and The Players Championship.
  • Kelly Kraft, of Dallas, Texas, is attempting to qualify for his first U.S. Open. Kraft won the 2011 U.S. Amateur by defeating Patrick Cantlay, 2 up, in the final at Erin Hills (Wis.). He forfeited his exemption as Amateur champion to the 2012 U.S. Open by turning professional following that year’s Masters Tournament. He was a member of the 2011 USA Walker Cup Team.
  • Scott Langley has played in four of the last five U.S. Opens and was low amateur with Russell Henley in 2010, tying for 16th. He made last year’s field as the first alternate from the Memphis sectional qualifier. Langley played in three U.S. Amateurs and reached the quarterfinals in 2010 when the championship was played at Chambers Bay, this year’s U.S. Open site.
  • Davis Love III, 51, has played in 23 U.S. Opens and owns five top-10 finishes, including a tie for second in 1996. Love has 20 PGA Tour wins, including the 1997 PGA Championship. He served as United States captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup and will captain the 2016 U.S. squad.
  • Billy Mayfair, 48, has played in 14 U.S. Opens, with his best finish a tie for fifth in 2002 at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course. Mayfair won the 1987 U.S. Amateur and 1986 U.S. Amateur Public Links, becoming the first player to win both titles.
  • Maverick McNealy, 19, of Portola Valley, Calif., won the Pacific-12 title and was the conference player of the year as a sophomore on the Stanford University squad. He qualified for both the 2014 U.S. Open and 2014 U.S. Amateur. McNealy advanced to match play at two U.S. Junior Amateurs (2012, quarterfinalist) and made the Round of 16 at the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball.
  • Jordan Niebrugge, of Mequon, Wis., advanced to match play in the 2014 U.S. Amateur and 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links championships. In 2013, Niebrugge won the U.S. Amateur Public Links and was a member of the victorious USA Walker Cup Team. He is a junior on the Oklahoma State University squad and has earned All-America and All-Big 12 Conference honors.
  • Michael Putnam is attempting to qualify for his fourth U.S. Open. His younger brother, Andrew, is in the Memphis sectional qualifier. Michael was chosen 2013 Web.com Tour Player of the Year. He was an All-America player at Pepperdine University and member of the 2005 USA Walker Cup Team. He lives in University Place, Wash., near Chambers Bay, the site of the 2015 U.S. Open.
  • Patrick Rodgers, of Avon, Ind., has split time this season between the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour. He tied for second at the Wells Fargo Championship in May. Rodgers, an All-American at Stanford University, was a member of two USA Walker Cup Teams (2011, 2013) and played in three U.S. Amateurs and two U.S. Junior Amateurs. He reached the Round of 32 in the 2010 Amateur at Chambers Bay.
  • Rory Sabbatini has played in 11 U.S. Opens, with his best finish a tie for 30th in 2011. He advanced to the 2013 U.S. Open through the Columbus sectional. Sabbatini, who started playing at age 4 with cut-down clubs, has won six times on the PGA Tour.
  • Scottie Scheffler, 18, of Dallas, earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference recognition and won the Big 12’s top newcomer award as a freshman at the University of Texas. He won the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur and was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Amateur that same summer. In 2014, Scheffler captured his third consecutive Texas 4A state championship. His older sister, Callie, is a member of the Texas A&M University team.
  • Vijay Singh, 52, has played in 18 U.S. Opens and has seven top-10 finishes. His best finish was a tie for third at Pinehurst No. 2 in 1999. Singh, who has won one Masters Tournament and two PGA Championships, tied for fifth in his first U.S. Senior Open last year.
  • Steve Stricker, 48, has played in 19 U.S. Opens and has 11 top-25 finishes. Stricker finished fifth in both 1998 and 1999. He has 12 PGA Tour victories. Stricker was an All-American at the University of Illinois before his career began on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour.
  • Justin Thomas, of Goshen, Ky., owns five top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season and won on the Web.com Tour last fall. Thomas, a member of the victorious 2013 USA Walker Cup Team, was a semifinalist in the 2012 U.S. Amateur and the runner-up in the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur. He helped Alabama capture the 2013 NCAA Division I Championship.
  • Nicholas Thompson of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is attempting to qualify for his fourth U.S. Open. He tied for 51st in 2012 at The Olympic Club. His sister, Alexis (Lexi), is a LPGA Tour player and his brother, Curtis, competes on the Web.com Tour.
  • D.J. Trahan has played in three U.S. Opens, including a tie for fourth in 2008 at Torrey Pines Golf Course. He won the 2000 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and was a member of the 2001 USA Walker Cup Team.
  • Kevin Tway won the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. He tied for 60th last year at Pinehurst No. 2 in his second U.S. Open appearance. Tway, an All-American at Oklahoma State University, is the son of Bob Tway, who played in 18 U.S. Opens and tied for third in 1998.
  • Bo Van Pelt is attempting to qualify for his ninth U.S. Open. His best finish was a tie for 11th in 2011 at Congressional Country Club. Van Pelt has won on five different professional tours, including the PGA Tour and PGA European Tour. His father, Bob, was chosen in the 1967 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Camilo Villegas has played in seven U.S. Opens, with his best finish a tie for ninth in 2008. Villegas has won four times on the PGA Tour, including the 2008 Tour Championship. The native of Colombia was the runner-up in the 1999 U.S. Junior Amateur to Hunter Mahan.
  • Nick Watney has competed in seven consecutive U.S. Opens with his best finish a tie for 21st in 2012 at The Olympic Club. He owns five PGA Tour wins. His uncle, Michael, played on the PGA Tour in the 1970s and his wife, Amber, is the niece of Tour veteran Omar Uresti.
  • Michael Weaver, of Fresno, Calif., the 2012 U.S. Amateur runner-up, became the second player to compete in the U.S. Open, Masters, Walker Cup and Palmer Cup in the same calendar year. He tied for 64th in the 2013 Open at Merion Golf Club. Weaver was an All-American at California-Berkeley.
  • Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters Tournament winner, has played in 13 U.S. Opens. Weir has four top-10 finishes, including a tie for third in 2003 at Olympia Fields Country Club. He won the 2001 Tour Championship in a playoff and has eight PGA Tour victories.
  • Bill Williamson, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was the runner-up in the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur to Michael McCoy. Williamson, who has played in 11 USGA championships, competed in last year’s U.S. Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur and USGA Men’s State Team.

 

Springfield Country Club   Scoring

Springfield, Ohio; 67 players for 4 spots

  • Cam Burke, of Canada, played on the 2014 Web.com Tour. He won the 2008 and 2009 Canadian Amateur championships. Burke’s father owns a coffee company.
  • Bob Friend, 51, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is the director of operations at Pikewood National G.C., in Morgantown, W.Va., and has played in four U.S. Opens. He also works as a Sirius/XM radio analyst. His father, Bob, was an All-Star pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates and a member of the 1960 World Series champions.
  • Will Grimmer, 17, of Cincinnati, Ohio, will attempt to advance to the U.S. Open through both local and sectional qualifying for the second consecutive year. Grimmer, who is a senior at Mariemont High School and will attend Ohio State University this fall, reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur. He also helped his state tie for eighth at the USGA Men’s State Team and qualified for the U.S. Amateur. He carded a 59 in the 2013 North & South Junior Amateur.
  • Nick Hardy, 19, of Northbrook, Ill., is a freshman on the University of Illinois team and recently helped the Illini advance to the NCAA Championship for the eighth consecutive year. Hardy reached the Round of 64 at the 2013 U.S. Amateur and made match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2012 and 2013.
  • Dustin Korte, of Metropolis, Ill., shot 63 to earn medalist honors in U.S. Open local qualifying at Hot Springs (Ark.) Country Club. Korte, at age 23, served as interim head coach last fall at his alma mater Austin Peay University and is now assistant coach. Korte led the program to the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Championship and earned all-region honors as a senior.
  • Willie Mack III, of Orlando, Fla., was the medalist with a 65 at the Lake Mary, Fla., local qualifier. Mack became the first African-American to win the Michigan Amateur in 2011 and currently competes on the Florida Professional Golf Tour. He attended Bethune-Cookman University and was a member of the 2008 PGA Minority Collegiate Championship team.
  • James Piot, 16, of Canton, Mich., tied for sixth at last year’s MHSAA Division I state championship as a freshman. Piot and his older brother, Glenn, led Detroit Catholic Central High to a runner-up finish. James qualified for last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • Jeffrey Scohy, 37, of Bellbrook, Ohio, spent seven years on active duty as a U.S. Air Force acquisitions officer, rising to the rank of captain. Scohy is now in the Air Force Reserves as a major. He has made four trips to Iraq on temporary duty. Scohy, who has played in six U.S. Mid-Amateurs, has won three Armed Services golf championships.
  • Chris Thompson, of Lawrence, Kan., was one of 24 players to advance through both local and sectional qualifying to the U.S. Open last year. He earned one of three spots in the Springfield, Ohio, sectional last year to make the U.S. Open field for the first time. Thompson, an All-American at Kansas, has competed on the Golden Bear, Gateway and Web.com tours.

 

Germantown Country Club & Ridgeway Country Club   Scoring

Memphis, Tenn.; 121 golfers for 10 spots

  • Woody Austin, 51, has played in seven U.S. Opens and tied for 23rd in 1996. Austin, who owns four PGA Tour victories, tied for third in his first U.S. Senior Open last year.
  • Eric Axley, of Knoxville, Tenn., has played in six U.S. Opens. The 41-year-old tied for ninth, his best finish, in 2008 at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Axley, who won the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open in 2006, almost gave up the game following a mountain biking accident in the late 1990s.
  • Charlie Beljan won the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club by defeating Zac Reynolds. He has played in two U.S. Opens (2008, 2009). Beljan has won once on the PGA Tour and seven times on the Gateway Tour.
  • D.J. Brigman, of Albuquerque, N.M., has advanced through both local and sectional qualifying to the U.S. Open twice. In 2007, he tied for 30th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club and had the best finish of the 26 local-sectional qualifiers in the field. Brigman, who has competed on both the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour, has played in three U.S. Opens.
  • Sam Burns, 18, of Shreveport, has won three consecutive Louisiana high school state titles and will attend LSU in the fall. He qualified for the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur and 2014 U.S. Amateur. Burns advanced to the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball semifinals with partner Austin Connelly.
  • Jonathan Byrd, of St. Simons Island, Ga., has won five times on the PGA Tour. He has played in five U.S. Opens and his best finish was a tie for 15th in 2003. His brother, Jordan, is in his 10th year as an assistant coach at Clemson University.
  • Austin Connelly, 18 of Dallas, Texas, advanced to match play in the 2013 and 2014 U.S. Junior Amateurs. He will attend the University of Arkansas in the fall. Connelly, who is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, reached the semifinals with partner Sam Burns in the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
  • Corey Conners, of Canada, was the 2014 U.S. Amateur runner-up to Gunn Yang at Atlanta Athletic Club. Conners, who advanced to the 2013 U.S. Amateur quarterfinals, turned professional in April following the Masters and has played in two PGA Tour events this year.
  • George Cunningham, 19, of Tucson, Ariz., earned 2015 second-team All-Pacific 12 Conference honors as a freshman at the University of Arizona. He was the youngest player (age 15) in the 2010 U.S. Amateur field at Chambers Bay. Cunningham played in four U.S. Junior Amateurs and reached the Round of 16 in 2013. He owns a Harley-Davidson sportster motorcycle.
  • David Duval, the 2001 British Open champion, tied for second in the 2009 U.S. Open and has four top-10 finishes in 16 appearances. Duval, who won the 1989 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, is now working as a Golf Channel announcer and commentator.
  • Brad Elder, of Dallas, Texas, was a member of the victorious 1997 USA Walker Cup Team and was an All-American at the University of Texas. Elder, who has played in two U.S. Opens, won three times on the Nationwide Tour (now Web.com Tour).
  • Harris English tied for 48th in his first U.S. Open last year. He has won twice on the PGA Tour. English, who was a member of the 2011 USA Walker Cup Team, won on the Nationwide Tour as an amateur. He advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2010 U.S. Amateur, held at Chambers Bay.
  • James Erkenbeck, of San Diego, Calif., reached the Round of 16 in both the 2011 and 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships and advanced to match play in the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur. His grandfather, Jim, coached football on the high school, college and professional levels for 40 years and worked on the NFL staffs of Tom Landry, Chuck Knox and Jon Gruden.
  • Robert Gamez, 46, of Orlando, Fla., has played in eight U.S. Opens and was the medalist at his local qualifier on May 19 at Orange Tree Golf Club. He underwent quadruple-bypass surgery last June. Gamez is known for one of the iconic shots in PGA Tour history when he holed a 176-yard, 7-iron approach shot for an eagle on the 72nd hole to win the 1990 Nestle Invitational at Bay Hill Golf Club.
  • Doug Ghim, 19, of Arlington Heights, Ill., earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors as a freshman at the University of Texas. Ghim was the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links runner-up to Byron Meth and a semifinalist in the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • Retief Goosen, 46, won the U.S. Open in 2001 (playoff with Mark Brooks) and 2004 (by two strokes over Phil Mickelson). Goosen, who was struck by lightning as an amateur in South Africa, has seven wins on the PGA Tour and 14 victories on the PGA European Tour.
  • Jimmy Gunn, of Mesa, Ariz., caddied at Scotland’s Royal Dornoch and worked as a part-time carpenter before moving to the United States to play on professional mini-tours seven years ago. He has won once and tied for second three times on the Gateway Tour this year. Gunn aspires to be a professional fisherman and his biggest thrill is catching a large bass.
  • Brandon Hagy, of Los Angeles, Calif., has competed on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour this year. A first-team All-American at the University of California-Berkeley, Hagy was a semifinalist in the 2012 U.S. Amateur and advanced to match play in the 2014 British Amateur.
  • Brian Harman won the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur and was a member of two winning USA Walker Cup Teams (2005, 2009). He claimed the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in 2014 and played in his lone U.S. Open in 2012.
  • Trevor Immelman has played in eight U.S. Opens, with his best finish a tie for 21st in 2006 at Winged Foot Golf Club. The South African won the 1998 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and the 2008 Masters Tournament.
  • Brandt Jobe, of Argyle, Texas, has competed in 13 U.S. Opens. His best finish was a tie for 18th in 2008 at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Jobe, who played on the UCLA golf team with Scott McCarron as a collegian, has won on the Canadian, Asian and Japan tours.
  • Jerry Kelly, 48, has played in 10 U.S. Opens. He posted his best finish, a tie for 7th, in 2007 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. Kelly has recorded three PGA Tour victories.
  • Shaun Micheel, 46, has competed in seven U.S. Opens. His best finish was a tie for 22nd at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links in 2010, when he made a double eagle on the par-5 sixth hole in the final round. Micheel won the 2003 PGA Championship.
  • Alex Prugh comes from a golf family and is attempting to qualify for his second U.S. Open. He and his brother, Corey, both played at the University of Washington. Their father, Steve, is the head professional at Manito Golf & Country Club and played in the 2006 U.S. Senior Open. Their sister, Hillary, was a collegian at Montana State.
  • Andrew Putnam is attempting to qualify for his second U.S. Open. His older brother, Michael, is in the Columbus sectional qualifier. Andrew won on the Web.com Tour last year. He was a three-time All-American and four-time all-conference player at Pepperdine University. He lives in University Place, Wash., near Chambers Bay, the site of the 2015 U.S. Open.
  • Davis Riley, 18, of Hattiesburg, Miss., was the runner in both the 2013 and 2014 U.S. Junior Amateurs. He received the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports Moment Award for sportsmanship after assessing a self-imposed penalty in the 2013 Junior Amateur final. Riley, a senior at Presbyterian Christian, will attend the University of Alabama in the fall.
  • Robby Shelton, 19, of Wilmer, Ala., competed in his first U.S. Open last year after advancing through the Memphis sectional qualifier with rounds of 70 and 66. He reached the Round of 32 in last year’s U.S. Amateur. Shelton was a 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links quarterfinalist and a semifinalist at the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur. He has twice been chosen first-team All-Southern Conference as a member of the University of Alabama squad.
  • Jake Staiano, 19, of Cherry Hills, Colo., has led Valor Christian High School to consecutive Class 4A state titles. He was the state runner-up last year and chosen 4A Metro Region Player of the Year. Staiano, who will attend Colorado State University in the fall, advanced to the Round of 64 at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • Braden Thornberry, 18, of Olive Branch, Miss., won the MHSAA Class 6A state title for the second consecutive year as a member of the DeSoto Central High School team. Thornberry, who will attend the University of Mississippi in the fall, shot a 61 as a 15-year old to tie the course record at TPC Southwind in Memphis. He advanced to the Round of 32 in last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • David Toms, 48, has played in 18 U.S. Opens and owns three top-five finishes, including a tie for fourth in 2012 at The Olympic Club. Toms, who has won on the PGA Tour 13 times, including the 2001 PGA Championship, advanced through the Memphis sectional qualifier last year.
  • Casey Wittenberg has played in seven U.S. Opens and tied for 10th in 2012 at The Olympic Club. Wittenberg, the 2003 U.S. Amateur runner-up, won twice on the Web.com Tour in 2012. He advanced through the Memphis sectional qualifier last year, including a first-round 62.
  • Curtis Yonke, of Overland, Kan., is the grandson of PGA Tour and Champions Tour veteran Jim Colbert, who played in 16 U.S. Opens and tied for third in 1971. Yonke, a four-year member of the Kansas State University golf team, competes on the Web.com Tour.

 

Northwood Club   Scoring

Dallas, Texas, 78 players for 6 spots

  • Jason Allred of Scottsdale, Ariz., won the 1997 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship by defeating Trevor Immelman. Allred is attempting to qualify for his third U.S. Open. He achieved the feat in 2006 and 2010.
  • Brad Dalke, 17, of Hobart, Okla., is the youngest of seven children and comes from an athletic family. His mother, Kay (Pryor), played on the first University of Oklahoma women’s golf team. His father, Bill, was a linebacker on Oklahoma’s 1975 national championship team. His grandfather, Ken (Pryor), played on the school’s basketball and baseball teams. Dalke, who will attend Oklahoma in the fall, won the 2014 Class 2A state high school championship.
  • Bob Estes, 49, has played in 15 U.S. Opens. Estes, who has four PGA Tour victories, tied for 11th in 2005, his best finish, at Pinehurst No. 2. He owns top-10 finishes in the other three major professional championships (Masters, British Open, PGA).
  • Jake Greenspoon recently completed his freshman season at the University of Texas-Arlington. He shot a 70 in the U.S. Open local qualifier held in Houston, Texas. His twin sister, Lauren, was the starting setter on the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga volleyball team.
  • Hunter Haas, of Southlake, Texas, won the 1999 U.S. Amateur Public Links and was a member the 1999 USA Walker Cup Team. Haas, who was a semifinalist in the 1999 U.S. Amateur, has won four times on the Web.com Tour and played in two U.S. Opens.
  • Cole Hammer, 15, of Houston, Texas, is a freshman on the Kincaid School golf team. He earned All-Southwest Preparatory Conference recognition this spring and helped his squad tie for eighth at the conference championship. Hammer plans to attend the University of Texas in 2018.
  • Peter Kindstrom, of McHenry, Ill., had his large intestine removed in high school due to the inherited disorder familial polyposis. His father suffered from the same disease. Kindstrom went on to play at Carthage College, in Kenosha, Wis., and competes on the Adams Golf Pro Tour. His teacher is Homero Blancas, who tied for fourth in the 1972 U.S. Open.
  • Max McGreevy, of Edmond, Okla., is a sophomore on the University of Oklahoma team and helped the Sooners make their fifth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. McGreevy’s father, Brian, played as a collegian at Kansas, while his uncle, Tom, was a member of the Arizona State team. His uncle, Gary Freeman, was a football player at Kansas State.
  • Brad Nurski, 36, of St. Joseph, Mo., is a conductor and switchman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. He was the runner-up to champion Scott Harvey in the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Nurski has won one state amateur and two state mid-amateur titles.
  • Rod Pampling, 45, advanced to last year’s U.S. Open through the Columbus sectional qualifier with rounds of 73 and 65. The Australian has played in eight U.S. Opens with his best finish a tie for 14th in 2008. His wife, Angela, is a clinical psychologist.
  • Zechariah Potter, of Andover, Kan., was an all-conference performer at Wichita State University and now plays on the Web.com Tour. His father, Mark, recently completed his 17th season as the head basketball coach at Division II Newman University. His sister, Chelsey, was an all-conference volleyball player at Newman.
  • Marc Turnesa, of Jupiter, Fla., is the grandson of Mike Turnesa, one of seven brothers who played golf and tied for 26th at the 1946 U.S. Open. Marc has one victory on both the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour.
  • Scott Verplank, 50, has played in 18 U.S. Opens. His best finish was a tie for seventh in 2007. Verplank, a diabetic who plays with an insulin pump, won the 1984 U.S. Amateur and has five PGA Tour wins. He will compete in his second U.S. Senior Open this year.

 

Tumble Creek Club   Scoring

Cle Elum, Wash.; 50 players for 3 spots

  • Derek Bayley, of Rathdrum, Idaho, earned his spot in sectional qualifying in Wasilla, Alaska, when Rob Nelson deferred his medalist status. Nelson, who fired a 67, was one stroke better than Bayley, who just completed his first year at Washington State University. Bayley, who advanced to match play in the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur, turned in the best scoring average (72.36) by a Cougar freshman in program history.
  • Donald Constable, of Deephaven, Minn., was one of 24 U.S. Open qualifiers who advanced through both local and sectional qualifying last year and is attempting to accomplish the feat again. He earned PGA Tour status in 2012 through Q-School. Constable played at the University of Minnesota. One of his biggest thrills was to ride with the St. Paul, Minn., SWAT Team.
  • Jordan Costello, 17, of Pinedale, Wyo., won the 2012 and 2014 Class 3A state high school championship and tied for second in 2013. Costello, who plays on a nine-hole course and hits into a net in his garage due to a short season, was third in last year’s state amateur.
  • Brien Davis, of Peoria, Ill., is the nephew of 2004 U.S. Senior Open champion Peter Jacobsen. Davis, who has competed on the Web.com Tour and PGA Tour Canada and played as a collegian at UNLV, works for a sign and graphics company.
  • Neil Johnson, of River Falls, Wis., is the son of a doctor and nurse and has held jobs as a bartender and income tax preparer. He earned his Web.com Tour card through Q-School in the fall of 2013 after playing on various mini-tours. Johnson, who attended Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, reached the Round of 64 in the 2004 U.S. Amateur Public Links.
  • James Lepp, of Canada, won the 2005 NCAA Division I individual championship as a member of the University of Washington team. Lepp, who also claimed the 2003 Pacific Coast Amateur, won two Canadian Tour events. He founded Kikkor Golf, a golf shoe and apparel company.
  • Casey Martin is in his ninth year as the head golf coach at the University of Oregon. At age 26, Martin played in the 1998 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club, using a cart in competition due to a circulatory disorder, Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome. In 2012, he qualified through both local and sectional play for his second U.S. Open, which was again held at Olympic.
  • Cheng-Tsung Pan, of Chinese Taipei, is an All-America golfer at the University of Washington and the 2015 NCAA Division I runner-up. He has played in two U.S. Opens, including a tie for 45th in 2013, and last year’s British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. In 2007, he became the youngest U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist since Bob Jones at the age of 15. Pan has played in seven of the last eight U.S. Amateurs.
  • Cameron Peck, of Olympia, Wash., won the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. He went on to attend Texas A&M University where he earned honorable mention All-America and All-Big 12 Conference honors. Peck won the Washington State and Pacific Northwest Amateurs in 2013.
  • Taylor Pendrith, of Canada, won and shared the Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Year award in 2013 and 2104, respectively, at Kent State University. Pendrith, who was a college teammate of last year’s U.S. Amateur runner-up Corey Conners, shot a 65 in the first round of the PGA Tour’s 2014 Canadian Open. He advanced to match play in the 2014 U.S. Amateur.
  • Sulman Raza, 21, of Eugene, Ore., was born in Lithuania. His adoptive mother, Anita, is a professor at the University of Oregon and his Pakistan-born father, Farrukh, is a professional cricket player. Raza is in his third year as a member of Oregon’s golf team but redshirted this season. He plans to become a golf course architect.
  • Spencer Tibbits, 16, of Vancouver, Wash., won the 2014 Class 3A state championship as a sophomore at Fort Vancouver High School. He was chosen The Columbian Region Golfer of the Year. He captured the Washington Junior Golf Association state title at age 10.
  • Drew Weaver, of Brookhaven, Ga., won the 2007 British Amateur Championship and was a member of the 2009 USA Walker Cup Team. Weaver tied for 40th in the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course. He qualified for PGA Tour Canada this year.