Sectional Qualifying: 10 Sites, One Last Shot

David Toms is one of seven major champions slated to tee it up in sectional qualifying on Monday.
David Toms is one of seven major champions slated to tee it up in sectional qualifying on Monday.  (USGA/John Gress)


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Lake Merced Golf Club & The Olympic Club (Ocean Course)

Daly City, Calif.; 100 players for 6 spots   Scoring

  • Shotaro Ban, 22, of San Jose, Calif., helped the University of California-Berkeley reach the NCAA Championship for the sixth time in the last seven years as well as a second-place finish at the Pac-12 Conference Championship. Ban, a two-time second-team All-Pac-12 selection, won the 2015 California State Amateur, the first Cal player to win the title.
  • Jeff Brehaut, 52, 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. He won twice on the Nationwide (now Web.com) Tour and earned his PGA Tour card through Q-School in 1998.
  • Aaron Dexheimer, 35, of San Diego, Calif., is a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska during the summer and a caddie at Del Mar Country Club in the winter. He grinded on mini-tours for more than a decade before taking over his father’s fishing operation.
  • Allen Geiberger, 28, of Palm Desert, Calif., is the son of Al Geiberger, who played in 20 U.S. Opens and tied for second in 1969 and 1976. Al Geiberger, the 1966 PGA champion, became the first player to shoot 59 in a PGA Tour event, the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic.
  • Rico Hoey, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., was chosen All-Pac-12 Conference for the third consecutive year. Hoey was the 2016 NCAA Championship runner-up with a four-round total of 277 (3 under). He helped the University of Southern California finish third at NCAA regionals. Hoey, who was born in the Philippines, has played in three U.S. Amateurs and earned second-team All-America recognition last year. He captured the 2012 Callaway Junior Worlds.
  • Cheng Jin, 18, of the People’s Republic of China, won the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and earned an invitation to this year’s Masters, where he missed the cut. He has played in three U.S. Junior Amateurs and advanced to match play on each occasion. Jin, who competed in the 2013 USA-China Youth Match, plans to enroll at the University of Southern California in the fall.
  • Alex Kim, 26, of Fullerton, Calif., is attempting to qualify through both local and sectional play to the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year. He was one of 22 players to make it through both stages en route to Chambers Bay. Kim, an all-conference performer at UCLA, was born in the Republic of Korea. He advanced to match play at both the 2010 U.S. Amateur and 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • Kaiwen Liu, 16, of the People’s Republic of China, advanced to match play in the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur, his first USGA championship. Liu, a rising junior at Torrey Pines High School who lives in San Diego, Calif., also competed in U.S. Open sectional qualifying last year. He broke the San Diego section scholastic boys’ record by four strokes with a 14-under-par 130 the same week he shot a 66 to earn medalist honors in U.S. Open local qualifying.
  • Maverick McNealy, 20, of Portola Valley, Calif., was chosen Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season after leading Stanford to the conference title. McNealy was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team and advanced to the Round of 16 at both last year’s U.S. Amateur and U.S. Amateur Four-Ball (with partner Viraat Badhwar). He qualified for the 2014 U.S. Open and reached match play at two U.S. Junior Amateurs.
  • Byron Meth, 23, of San Diego, Calif., won the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, its final playing, defeating Doug Ghim in 37 holes. Meth, who earned a spot in the 2015 Masters with his victory, has played in two U.S. Amateurs. Meth, who was the 2015 West Coast Conference runner-up at the University of the Pacific, is now a professional competing on PGA Tour Canada.
  • Andy Miller, 38, of Napa, Calif., is the son of 1973 U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller, who fired a final-round 63 to win at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. Andy was a four-time All-American at Brigham Young and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. He tied for 62nd in the 2002 U.S. Open. In 2015, he was named design manager of Silverado Resort and Spa.
  • Collin Morikawa, 18, of La Canada Flintridge, Calif., was chosen 2016 Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Year as a member of the University of California-Berkeley team. Morikawa, who competed in his first USGA championship at the 2015 U.S. Amateur, earned first-team All-Pac 12 honors and tied for 15th at this year’s conference championship. He won last year’s Trans-Mississippi Championship by seven strokes.
  • Drew Olson, 33, of San Francisco, Calif., is third on UCLA’s all-time passing list with 8,532 yards and played for the NFL’s Baltimore, Carolina and San Francisco franchises as an undrafted free-agent quarterback. He qualified for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, held at The Olympic Club last year, and competed in two U.S. Mid-Amateurs (2012, 2013).
  • Jeremy Sanders, 24, of Chatsworth, Calif., and his younger brother, Jonathan, each advanced through U.S. Open local qualifying on May 9. Jonathan is playing in the Vancouver, Wash., sectional qualifier. Jeremy, who has competed in two U.S. Amateurs, was a collegian at Pepperdine. He tied for second at the 2013 Trans-Mississippi Amateur.
  • Josh Sedeno, 18, of Roseville, Calif., enrolled at the University at Alabama in January. He advanced to the Round of 32 in the 2014 and 2015 U.S. Junior Amateurs. Sedeno was the runner-up in the 104th California State Amateur, losing to Shotaro Ban, 5 and 4, in the final. Sedeno’s family can trace its roots to the original native Hawaiians.
  • Justin Suh, 18, of San Jose, Calif., helped the University of Southern California make its 10th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. Suh, who was selected to the All-Pac-12 Conference Freshman Team, advanced to match play in four consecutive U.S. Junior Amateurs, from 2011-14. His sister, Hannah, played in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open.
  • Travis Whisman, 34, of Reno, Nev., competed in U.S. Open sectional qualifying at age 15 in 1997 at Woodmont Country Club, in Rockville, Md. He is one of seven golfers who have competed in five U.S. Junior Amateurs, a group that includes four-time U.S. Open champion Jack Nicklaus. Whisman was college teammates with three-time USGA champion Ryan Moore at UNLV.
  • Gunn Yang, 22, of the Republic of Korea, won the 2014 U.S. Amateur by defeating Corey Conners, 2 and 1, in the final at Atlanta Athletic Club. Yang, who was 15 months removed from back surgery, became the second San Diego State University player to win the U.S. Amateur (Gene Littler won in 1953). Yang took last year off from college to compete in professional events as an amateur. He finished 10th at this year’s NCAA Albuquerque Regional.
  • Will Zalatoris, 19, of Plano, Texas, helped Wake Forest finish second at the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. He earned third-team All-America honors and was chosen ACC Freshman of the Year last year. Zalatoris, who has been selected to this year’s U.S. Palmer Cup squad, won the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur and reached match play at the last two U.S. Amateurs (2014, Round of 16; 2015 Round of 32).

 

Timuquana Country Club

Jacksonville, Fla.; 63 players for 4 spots   Scoring

  • Paul Chaplet, 17, of Costa Rica, won the 2016 Latin America Amateur Championship. He posted a one-stroke victory over Venezuela’s Jorge Garcia with a 72-hole score of 3-under 285. Chaplet’s win earned him a Masters Tournament invitation.
  • Corey Conners, 24, of Canada, was the 2014 U.S. Amateur runner-up to Gunn Yang at Atlanta Athletic Club. Conners, who played in three U.S. Amateurs and reached the quarterfinals in 2013, has four top-10 finishes on PGA Tour Latinoamerica this year.
  • Chris DiMarco, 47, of Longwood, Fla., has played in eight U.S. Opens, with his best finish a tie for ninth in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills. DiMarco has finished second in the other three major professional championships: the Masters (2005), Open (2006) and PGA (2004).
  • Marc Dull, 30, of Winter Haven, Fla., was the runner-up to Sammy Schmitz in the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Dull, a caddie at Streamsong Resort in Bowling Green, Fla., is the grandson of Dexter Daniels, who won the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in 1961 and 1966. Dull, who regained his amateur status two years ago after playing on professional mini-tours, caddied for Meghan Stasi at this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
  • Jorge Garcia, 20, of Venezuela, is a freshman at the University of Florida who helped the Gators tie for second at the 2016 Kohler Regional and advance to the NCAA Championship. Garcia, who competed in last year’s U.S. Amateur, reached match play at the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Junior Amateurs. He tied for eighth at the 2015 Pan American Games. He was runner-up to Paul Chaplet in the Latin America Amateur Championship in January.
  • Scott Harvey, 37, of Greensboro, N.C., won the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur, which earned him an invitation to the 2015 Masters. Harvey, a property manager, has reached match play in two U.S. Amateur Four-Balls with partner Todd Mitchell (2015, semifinals; 2016, Round of 16) and was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team.
  • Austin Hitt, 18, of Longwood, Fla., won the 2015 Florida Class 3A state high school championship by posting birdies on the last four holes. Hitt, who also led Lake Mary High to its second consecutive state title, captured last year’s FSGA Boys’ Junior (ages 16-18) by one stroke. Hitt, who plans to enroll at the University of North Carolina in the fall, claimed the 2014 Orlando City Amateur.
  • Sam Horsfield, 19, of England, was chosen 2016 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year as a member of the University of Florida team. Horsfield, a first-team All-SEC selection, helped the Gators tie for second at the NCAA Kohler Regional. Horsfield, who has lived in Florida since age 5, has played in 11 USGA championships, including last year’s U.S. Open and three U.S. Amateurs.
  • Chase Koepka, 22, of Jupiter, Fla., is the brother of PGA Tour player Brooks Koepka. Chase earned first-team all-conference honors in leading the University of South Florida to the 2016 American Athletic Conference championship. He has earned All-America recognition twice.
  • Sachin Kumar, 17, of Trinidad & Tobago, and partner Alberto Martinez advanced to match play at the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. Kumar, who attends Club Med Golf Academy in Port St. Lucie, Fla., represented his country in the 2015 Pan American Games. He won his second Trinidad and Tobago Open Amateur in March and claimed the 2015 South Florida PGA Junior.
  • Won Jun Lee, 17, of the Republic of Korea, is a junior at Saddlebrook Prep School in Florida. He advanced to the semifinals of last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur, losing to eventual champion Philip Barbaree. Lee, who also reached match play in the 2014 Junior Amateur, earned Rolex Junior All-America recognition last year when he had four top-10 AJGA finishes.
  • Randy Leen, 40, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., was the low amateur in the 1996 U.S. Open and a member of the winning 1997 USA Walker Cup Team. He played in three U.S. Amateurs, including advancing to the semifinals in 1997. Leen was a three-time Big Ten Conference Player of the Year at Indiana University. He works as a sales representative for a medical products company.
  • Willie Mack III, 27, of Grand Blanc, Mich., advanced through the Lake Mary, Fla., local qualifier for the second consecutive year. Mack became the first African American to win the Michigan Amateur in 2011. He attended Bethune-Cookman University and was a member of the 2008 PGA Minority Collegiate Championship team.
  • Jack Maguire, 21, of St. Petersburg, Fla., is playing on the Web.com Tour after earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors last year for Florida State University. He tied for 58th in last year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. His older brother, M.J., played at the University of North Florida and is also competing in the Jacksonville, Fla., sectional qualifier.
  • M.J. Maguire, 23, of St. Petersburg, Fla., earned honorable mention All-America recognition at the University of North Florida. He twice was chosen first team All-Atlantic Sun Conference. Maguire advanced to match play in the 2014 U.S. Amateur. His younger brother, Jack, is also playing in the Jacksonville, Fla., sectional qualifier.
  • Nick O’Hern, 44, of Australia, is known for having defeated nine-time USGA champion Tiger Woods twice in match play when both were professionals. O’Hern, who has competed in four U.S. Opens, has played on the PGA Tour, PGA European Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia. He tied for 23rd in the 2007 U.S. Open, held at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. His best finish was a tie for sixth in 2006.
  • Ian Poulter, 40, of England, has played in 12 consecutive U.S. Opens. His best finish is a tie for 12th in 2006. Poulter, who owns 12 PGA European Tour victories, has been a member of four winning European Ryder Cup teams.
  • Vijay Singh, 53, of Fiji, 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 and two PGA Championships, tied for fifth in his first U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National in 2014.

 

Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course)

Roswell, Ga.; 39 players for 3 spots   Scoring

  • Roberto Castro, 29, of Atlanta, Ga., advanced through the Ball Ground, Ga., sectional qualifier last year with rounds of 64 and 68. He has played in three U.S. Opens. Franco, who was an All-American at Georgia Tech, played on the eGolf and Nationwide tours before earning his PGA Tour card in 2012. He lost in a playoff with James Hahn at this year’s Wells Fargo Championship. His mother is Peruvian and his father is Costa Rican.
  • Brandon Hartzell, 29, of White Bear Lake, Minn., is a caddie at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course. He won the 2004 Minnesota Class AA state high school title, played collegiately at Delta State in Mississippi and turned professional in 2009 where he played mini-tours. His father, Kevin, and mother, Mary Beth, were both athletes at the University of Minnesota, competing in hockey and basketball, respectively.
  • Andrew Orischak, 17, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., was the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up to Philip Barbaree, losing in 37 holes in the championship match. Orischak plans to enroll at the University of Virginia in the fall. He earned Rolex All-America honors last year and was the 2014 Class 3A state high school runner-up.
  • Luke Schniederjans, 17, of Alpharetta, Ga., is the younger brother of Oliver, who played in his first U.S. Open last year. Luke plans to attend Georgia Tech, where Oliver was an All-America golfer and older brother Ben was a baseball pitcher. Luke, who is a two-time all-state selection, won the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s 2016 Amelia Island Junior Open.
  • Oliver Schniederjans, 22, of Alpharetta, Ga., was a three-time All-American and two-time Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year at Georgia Tech. In 2014, he won the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the world’s top amateur. He tied for 42nd in his first U.S. Open last year at Chambers Bay. His brother, Luke, advanced through local qualifying and will compete in this year’s Roswell, Ga., sectional.
  • Todd White, 48, 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. White has competed in 18 USGA championships, including six U.S. Amateurs and five Mid-Amateurs. A high school history teacher, he played in the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

 

Woodmont Country Club (North Course)

Rockville, Md.; 55 players for 3 spots   Scoring

  • Woody Austin, 52, of Derby, Kan., has won three PGA Tour Champions tournaments this year, including a playoff to claim the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. Austin, who tied for third in the 2014 U.S. Senior Open, has competed in seven U.S. Opens, with his best finish a tie for 23rd in 1996.
  • Adam Ball, 22, of Richmond, Va., won the 2016 Atlantic 10 Conference individual title while leading Virginia Commonwealth University to its third consecutive championship. Ball, who has played in seven USGA championships, including four U.S. Amateurs, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Amateur. Ball reached the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur, losing to eventual champion Jordan Spieth.
  • Guy Boros, 51, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the son of two-time U.S. Open champion Julius Boros (1952, 1963). Guy tied for 36th in the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. He has one PGA Tour win and three Nationwide Tour (now Web.com) victories.
  • Billy Hurley III, 33, of Annapolis, Md., tied for 48th in his lone U.S. Open start in 2014. Hurley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was the 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.
  • Denny McCarthy, 23, of Rockville, Md., has played in 11 USGA championships, including seven U.S. Amateurs. He tied for 42nd at Chambers Bay in his first U.S. Open last year. McCarthy was the first four-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference player at the University of Virginia. He was a member of both the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team and the winning USA entry in the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship.
  • Timothy O’Neal, 43, of Savannah, Ga., has played on the Web.com, PGA Tour Latinoamerica, Asian and eGolf tours. He qualified for his first U.S. Open last year and missed the cut at Chambers Bay. He was the first African American to win the Georgia State Amateur in 1997. O’Neal played at Jackson State University and was coached by Eddie Payton, whose brother Walter is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Ryan Sullivan, 27, of Winston-Salem, N.C., is attempting to advance through local and sectional qualifying for the second time. He shot a first-round 61, the lowest score in sectional play since 2005, on Woodmont Country Club’s South Course en route to qualifying for the 2013 U.S. Open. He has played on the PGA Tour, Web.com Tour and PGA Tour Latinoamerica.
  • Nicholas Thompson, 33, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has played in three U.S. Opens. He competes on the PGA Tour. His brother, Curtis, plays on the Web.com Tour. Their sister, Lexi, the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion, claimed her first major championship at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco and has won seven LPGA titles.
  • Derek Tolan, 30, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., played in the 2002 U.S. Open as a 16-year-old, having made a 50-foot birdie chip on the first playoff hole of 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.
  • Esteban Toledo, 53, of Mexico, has played in two U.S. Opens, tying for 34th at Pinehurst No. 2 in 1999. Toledo, who has won four PGA Tour Champions events, has competed in three U.S. Senior Opens. His best finish was a tie for 14th in 2014.
  • Mike Van Sickle, 29, of Pittsburgh, Pa., won the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Junior Amateur at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. A three-time All-America player at Marquette University, Van Sickle was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. He played high school basketball with New York Mets’ infielder Neil Walker. His father, Gary, is a veteran golf writer for Sports Illustrated and Golf.com.
  • Ben Warnquist, 23, of Olney, Md., reached the championship match with partner Brandon Cigna in the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Winged Foot Golf Club, in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Warnquist, who won last year’s Maryland State Amateur, is attempting to qualify for his first U.S. Open. He advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur.

 

Canoe Brook Country Club (North & South Courses)

Summit, N.J.; 98 golfers for 6 spots   Scoring

  • Zack Byrd, 30, of Murrells Inlet, S.C., worked his way through both local and sectional qualifying to the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club. Byrd, a three-time All-America player at Coastal Carolina University, was a college teammate of Dustin Johnson. Byrd, the 2009 Big South Conference Player of the Year, was recently inducted into his school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Sean Crocker, 19, of Westlake Village, Calif., was born in Zimbabwe and learned the game from his father Gary, a professional cricket player. Crocker helped the University of Southern California earn its 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship and was chosen second-team All-Pac-12 Conference. In 2015, Crocker was selected third-team All-America and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. He made it to last year’s U.S. Amateur semifinals and reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • Matt Dobyns, 38, of Lake Success, N.Y., is attempting to advance through local and sectional qualifying for the second time in three years. He was the lone club professional to play in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, where he missed the cut by one stroke. Dobyns, the head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club, won the 2012 and 2015 PGA Professional National Championship.
  • Devin Gee, 30, of Oakmont, Pa., will become the head professional at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Bob Ford, the director of golf at Oakmont since 1979, will begin to hand the reins over to Gee following the 2016 U.S. Open. Gee played at NCAA Division III power Methodist University and was a summer intern at Oakmont.
  • Gavin Hall, 21, of Pittsford, N.Y., is a two-time first-team All-Big 12 Conference performer at the University of Texas. The Longhorns won this year’s Big 12 and NCAA Franklin Regional titles. 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.
  • James Imai, 15, of Brookline, Mass., is a Japanese American who competed in last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur at age 14. He considers 12 to be his lucky number because he was born on Dec. 12 at 5:34 a.m. (adds up to 12). He was born in the 12th year of the current emperor’s reign and he uses golf balls with the No. 12 labeled on them.
  • Lee Janzen, 51, of Orlando, Fla., won the 1993 and 1998 U.S. Opens, making him one of 18 players with multiple U.S. Open titles. Janzen, who owns 12 PGA Tour victories, has competed in 20 U.S. Opens, including last year at Chambers Bay. He tied for fifth in the 2015 U.S. Senior Open at Del Paso Country Club, in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Skip Kendall, 51, of Windermere, Fla., reached the Summit, N.J., sectional by carding a 69 to earn co-medalist honors at an Orlando, Fla., local qualifier. Kendall also attempted to qualify through both stages last year. Kendall 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, 53, of Des Moines, Iowa, was the low amateur in the 2014 and 2015 U.S. Senior Opens and won the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship as the second-oldest winner. McCoy, who was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team, has played in 46 USGA championships. He will be in the field at this year’s U.S. Senior Open.
  • Jason Millard, 26, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., disqualified himself from the 2014 U.S. Open after it appeared he advanced through the Memphis, Tenn., sectional. Millard said he grounded a club in a greenside bunker at Colonial Country Club’s North Course. His self-imposed two-stroke penalty placed him below the qualifying line. Millard finished fifth on last year’s PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit and has five top-25 finishes on the 2016 Web.com Tour.
  • Andy Pope, 32, of Orlando, Fla., was one of six players to make the cut at last year’s U.S. Open who advanced through both local and sectional qualifying. Pope, who tied for 70th at Chambers Bay, played at Xavier University and has competed primarily on the Web.com Tour since 2012.
  • Steve Scott, 38, of New City, N.Y., 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.
  • Jesse Smith, 36, of Barrington, R.I., played in his first U.S. Open in 2013 after qualifying through both local and sectional play. His late father, Guy, a full-blooded Mohawk from Six Nations in Ontario, played for the World Hockey Association’s New England Whalers in the 1970s. His paternal grandfather, Leslie, was the brother of Harold Smith, better known as Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto on the Lone Ranger television show.
  • Nathan Smith, 37, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion who holds the record for the most victories in the championship. He won last 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 36 USGA championships.
  • Marc Turnesa, 38, of Jupiter, Fla., is the grandson of Mike Turnesa, who tied for 26th in the 1946 U.S. Open and was one of seven brothers who played golf. Marc, who played in the 2011 U.S. Open, has one victory each on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour. His great uncle, Willie, won the 1938 U.S. Amateur at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club.
  • Cameron Young, 19, of Scarborough, N.Y., helped Wake Forest qualify for the 2016 NCAA Championship. Young and partner Paul McBride reached match play in this year’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. He has competed in three U.S. Amateurs and three U.S. Junior Amateurs. His father, David, is the head professional at Sleepy Hollow Country Club and is also in the Summit, N.J., sectional qualifying field.
  • David Young, 54, of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., is the head professional at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. He shot a 70 in the U.S. Open local qualifier at Willow Ridge Country Club, in Harrison, N.Y. His son, Cameron, is also in the Summit, N.J., sectional qualifier and is a member of the Wake Forest University team.

 

Wedgewood Golf and Country Club & Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club

Powell, Ohio; 103 players for TBD spots   Scoring

  • Stuart Appleby, 45, of Australia, has played in 14 U.S. Opens, including a tie for 10th in 1998 at The Olympic Club. Appleby has won nine times on the PGA Tour and owns three PGA Tour of Australasia victories.
  • Ryan Armour, 40, of Jupiter, Fla., was the runner-up to Tiger Woods in the 1993 U.S. Junior Amateur. Armour, who won this year’s Panama Claro Championship on the Web.com Tour, held a 2-up lead before Woods birdied holes 17 and 18 and won it with a par on the 19th hole. Armour, who earned All-America honors at Ohio State University, has also played on the PGA Tour.
  • Aaron Baddeley, 35, of Australia, was the 54-hole leader (2-over 212) in the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. He finished in a tie for 13th. Baddeley, who has played in nine U.S. Opens, has won three PGA Tour and four PGA Tour of Australasia events. He was the runner-up to James Oh in the 1998 U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • Ricky Barnes, 35, of Stockton, Calif., won the 2002 U.S. Amateur Championship, defeating Hunter Mahan in the final. He tied for second in the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course. He also qualified for the 2000 U.S. Open as a 19-year-old amateur.
  • Alex Cejka, 45, of Germany, has played in seven U.S. Opens. He advanced through sectional qualifying to Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014. Cejka’s best finish is a tie for eighth in 2010. At age 9, he and his father escaped from Czechoslovakia before settling in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • K.J. Choi, 46, of the Republic of Korea, has competed in 13 U.S. Opens. His best finish is 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 Players Championship in 2011.
  • Stewart Cink, 43, of Duluth, Ga., 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 Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, in a four-hole aggregate playoff with Tom Watson. He recently took time off from the PGA Tour to care for his wife, Lisa, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cink fired rounds of 62 and 61 to earn medalist honors at the Columbus, Ohio, sectional qualifier in 2003.
  • Erik Compton, 36, of Coral Gables, Fla., was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy at age 9 and has since had two successful heart transplants. Compton, a member of the 2001 USA Walker Cup Team, has played in three U.S. Opens. He tied for second at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014.
  • Ben Curtis, 39, of Stow, Ohio, has played in seven U.S. Opens, with his best finish a tie for 14th in 2010 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Curtis captured the 2003 Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, in his first start. He has four PGA Tour victories.
  • Bryson DeChambeau, 22, of Clovis, Calif., in 2015 became the fifth player to win the U.S. Amateur and NCAA Division I individual championship in the same year, joining Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore. DeChambeau, who has played in 10 USGA championships, including last year’s U.S. Open, was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team and the winning 2014 USA entry in the World Amateur Team Championship. He tied for 21st in the 2016 Masters as an amateur, then tied for fourth at the RBC Heritage in his first PGA Tour event as a professional the following week.
  • Devin Deogun, 17, of Orchard Lake, Mich., and his older brother, Dylan, both played in the Washington, Mich., local U.S. Open qualifier. Devin advanced with a 71 while Dylan’s 72 made him first alternate. The brothers led Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood High School to the 2014 Division II state championship and the runner-up position last year.
  • Luke Donald, 38, of England, qualified for the U.S. Open through sectional play last year and tied for 58th at Chambers Bay. Donald has competed in 12 U.S. Opens, with his best finish 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.
  • Doug Ghim, 20, of Arlington Heights, Ill., earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors for the second consecutive year at the University of Texas. He helped the Longhorns win both the Big 12 and NCAA Franklin Regional titles. Ghim was the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links runner-up to Byron Meth and a semifinalist in the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • Jason Gore, 42, of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., has competed in four U.S. Opens and played in the final group with Retief Goosen at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2005. Gore, who was a member of the victorious 1997 USA Walker Cup Team, has one PGA Tour and seven Web.com Tour victories.
  • Dudley Hart, 47, of Naples, Fla., advanced through local qualifying to the Powell, Ohio sectional. Hart, who had spinal fusion surgery seven years ago, has played in eight U.S. Opens, including a tie for 12th in 2002. He has won twice on the PGA Tour.
  • Russell Henley, 27, of Charleston, S.C., has played in five U.S. Opens and finished in a tie for 16th in 2010, tying for low amateur with Scott Langley at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Henley, who was a member of the 2011 USA Walker Cup Team, has two PGA Tour and three Web.com Tour victories.
  • Morgan Hoffmann, 26, of Tequesta, Fla., has played in four U.S. Opens, including a tie for 27th last year at Chambers Bay. His first event as a professional was the 2012 U.S. Open, where he tied for 29th. Hoffmann was a member of the winning 2009 USA Walker Cup Team.
  • Max Homa, 25, of Tequesta, Fla., 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 a pair of top-25 finishes on the Web.com Tour this year. He reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 U.S. Amateur.
  • Michael Kim, 22, of Houston, Texas, was a member of the victorious 2013 USA Walker Cup Team and low amateur in the 2013 U.S. Open, where he tied for 17th. Kim, who was born in Korea but raised in San Diego, Calif., earned the 2013 Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation’s top collegiate player. He has two top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour this season.
  • Jason Kokrak, 31, of Charlotte, N.C., played in his lone U.S. Open in 2007 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club after advancing through local and sectional qualifying. Kokrak, who joined the PGA Tour in 2012, won twice on the Nationwide (now Web.com) Tour. He was the stroke-play medalist in the 2007 U.S. Amateur and reached the Round of 16 in match play.
  • Davis Love III, 52, of Sea Island, Ga., has played in 23 U.S. Opens and owns five top-10 finishes, including a tie for second in 1996. Love has 21 PGA Tour wins, including the 1997 PGA Championship and last year’s Wyndham Championship. He served as United States captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup and will captain the 2016 U.S. squad.
  • Jamie Lovemark, 28, of San Diego, Calif., advanced through the Purchase, N.Y., sectional qualifier to his first U.S. Open last year. He tied for 18th at Chambers Bay. In 2016, Lovemark has five top-10 finishes in 18 PGA Tour events played, including losing to Brian Stuard on the second playoff hole at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. In 2007, Lovemark won the NCAA individual title and was a member of the USA Walker Cup Team.
  • Hunter Mahan, 34, of Dallas, Texas, has competed in 10 U.S. Opens and tied for fourth in 2013. He has recorded six PGA Tour victories. Mahan won the 1999 U.S. Junior Amateur by defeating Camilo Villegas, 4 and 2, and was the runner-up to Ricky Barnes in the 2002 U.S. Amateur.
  • Billy Mayfair, 49, of Scottsdale, Ariz., 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.
  • George McNeill, 40, of Fort Myers, Fla., has advanced through both local and sectional qualifying to the U.S. Open three times (2002, 2006, 2007). McNeill was one of two local-sectional qualifiers to make the cut at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club in 2007, when he finished 63rd. McNeill, who has competed in five U.S. Opens, has won twice on the PGA Tour.
  • Kyle Reifers, 32, of New York City, was born in Columbus, Ohio and attended Bishop Watterson High School. He has three top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season. Reifers, who played as a collegian at Wake Forest, was a member of the 2005 USA Walker Cup Team. His father, Randy, is an Ohio Golf Hall of Fame inductee who played at DePauw University with former Vice President Dan Quayle and NBC/Golf Channel analyst Mark Rolfing.
  • Patrick Rodgers, 23, of Avon, Ind., has seven top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, including a tie for sixth at the Frys.com Open. 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.
  • Scottie Scheffler, 19, of Dallas, Texas, helped the University of Texas win this year’s Big 12 Championship and the NCAA Franklin Regional. He was the Big 12’s top newcomer in 2015. Scheffler won the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur and was a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Amateur that same summer. His older sister, Callie, is a member of the Texas A&M University team.
  • John Senden, 45, of Australia, has played in seven U.S. Opens, including a tie for 10th at The Olympic Club in 2012. Senden’s victory in the 2014 Valspar Championship is one of two PGA Tour wins. He turned professional in 1992 and was a regular on the PGA Tour of Australasia.
  • Camilo Villegas, 34, advanced through the Columbus, Ohio, sectional qualifier to the 2015 U.S. Open, where he placed 74th. Villegas has played in eight 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. He was the runner-up to Hunter Mahan in the 1999 U.S. Junior Amateur.

 

Springfield Country Club

Springfield, Ohio; 59 players for 4 spots   Scoring

  • Zac Blair, 25, of St. George, Utah, qualified for his lone U.S. Open through both local and sectional play. He tied for 40th at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014. Blair, an All-America player at Brigham Young University, has three top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, including a third-place showing at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
  • Charlie Danielson, 22, of Osceola, Wis., was chosen 2016 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year. Danielson led the University of Illinois to the Big Ten Championship for the seventh time in the last eight years and an NCAA Regional title. He tied for eighth at this year’s NCAA Championship. Danielson, a three-time All-America selection, has competed in three U.S. Amateurs and reached match play at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links.
  • Graham DeLaet, 34, of Canada, is attempting to qualify for his second U.S. Open after playing at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014. Graham, who was born in Saskatchewan and won 10 college tournaments at Boise State University, has claimed three Canadian Tour victories. He owns 25 career top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour.
  • Tony Finau, 26, of Lehi, Utah, advanced through the Springfield, Ohio, sectional qualifier last year to his first U.S. Open, where he tied for 14th at Chambers Bay. Finau, who is of Tongan and American Samoan descent, won for the first time on the PGA Tour in a playoff for the 2016 Puerto Rico Open title. He is the cousin of Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Jabari Parker.
  • Nick Hardy, 20, of Northbrook, Ill., helped the University of Illinois claim the 2016 Big Ten Championship and NCAA Kohler Regional. He was chosen second-team All-Big Ten. Hardy qualified for his first U.S. Open last year and tied for 52nd at Chambers Bay. He has competed in three U.S. Amateurs and two U.S. Junior Amateurs.
  • Brandon Holtz, 29, of Bloomington, Ill., carded a 69 to earn co-medalist honors in U.S. Open local qualifying at Illini Country Club, in Springfield. Holtz was a four-year guard on the Illinois State University basketball team, from 2005-09, and played on two NIT Tournament squads.
  • Jessie Massie, 28, of Louisville, Ky., shot a 56 at Glenmary Country Club in July 2013. The round included one eagle, 14 birdies and a drop for unplayable lie on the par-4 fifth. Massie earned All-Ohio Valley Conference recognition at Eastern Kentucky University.
  • Kyle Mueller, 20, of Athens, Ga., became the first University of Michigan golfer to earn first-team All-Big 10 Conference honors since 2008. He tied for third at this year’s Big Ten Championship. Mueller reached the Round of 16 in the 2015 U.S. Amateur and defeated stroke-play medalist and top seed Brett Coletta, of Australia, in the first round.
  • Jamie Sadlowski, 27, of Scottsdale, Ariz., is a two-time RE/MAX World Long Drive champion (2008, 2009). The son of a highway-repair man, Sadlowski’s personal-best of 445 yards was established in 2010. Sadlowski shot a 65 to earn medalist honors in the Scottsdale, Ariz., local qualifier. CBS golf analyst Gary McCord served as his caddie in qualifying.
  • Sammy Schmitz, 35, of Farmington, Minn., won the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and earned an invitation to this year’s Masters. Schmitz recorded the second known ace on a par-4 in USGA championship history when he holed his tee shot on No. 15 at John’s Island Club’s West Course in the championship match. He works for a health-care services company.
  • Brian Stuard, 33, of Fort Worth, Texas, captured his first PGA Tour victory, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, in a three-man playoff with Byeong Hun An and Jamie Lovemark. Stuard has played in two U.S. Opens, missing the cut in both 2013 and 2014.
  • Gordon Vietmeier, 48, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was the last entrant into this year’s U.S. Open, submitting his entry 37 seconds before the deadline. Vietmeier, a teaching professional, was the medalist with a 68 at the Hollidaysburg, Pa., local qualifier.
  • Dylan Wu, 19, of Medford, Ore., advanced to the Round of 16 with partner Andrew Whalen in the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Wu tied for sixth individually in this year’s Big Ten Championship with a 54-hole score of 3-under 213. He reached the Round of 32 in the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur and competed in last year’s U.S. Amateur.

 

Germantown Country Club & Ridgeway Country Club

Memphis, Tenn.; 121 golfers for TBD spots   Scoring

  • Robert Allenby, 44, of Australia, 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.
  • Eric Axley, 42, of Knoxville, Tenn., has played in six U.S. Opens. He 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.
  • Richard Berkmeyer, 42, of St. Louis, Mo., has competed in 27 USGA championships but has never played in a U.S. Open. He has advanced to match play in four of his nine U.S. Amateurs. Berkmeyer owns a company that manufactures awards and recognition products.
  • D.J. Brigman, 40, of Albuquerque, N.M., has played in three U.S. Opens, twice advancing through both local and sectional qualifying. 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 has competed on both the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour.
  • Sam Burns, 19, of Shreveport, La., helped Louisiana State University tie for third at the NCAA Franklin Regional as a freshman. Burns has played in two U.S. Amateurs and advanced to the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball semifinals with partner Austin Connelly. Burns won three consecutive Louisiana state high school championships.
  • Bubba Dickerson, 35, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., is attempting to qualify for his second U.S. Open. He won the 2001 U.S. Amateur, defeating Robert Hamilton, 1 up, but gave up his 2002 U.S. Open exemption to turn professional. He also was the runner-up to D.J. Trahan in the 2000 U.S. Amateur Public Links.
  • Brad Elder, 41, of Dallas, Texas, advanced through local and sectional qualifying to the 2015 U.S. Open, where he tied for 58th at Chambers Bay. Elder 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 three U.S. Opens, won three times on the Nationwide (now Web. com) Tour.
  • Jimmy Gunn, 35, of Scotland, qualified through local and sectional play to the 2015 U.S. Open, where he tied for 27th at Chambers Bay. Gunn 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 eight years ago. He aspires to be a professional fisherman.
  • Luke Guthrie, 26, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., has played in two U.S. Opens and qualified through the Columbus, Ohio, sectional each time. Guthrie, an All-American and Big Ten Conference Player of the Year at the University of Illinois, has played in 12 PGA Tour events this season. His best finish was a tie for 10th at the Frys.com Open.
  • Hunter Haas, 39, of Southlake, Texas, won the 1999 U.S. Amateur Public Links, defeating Michael Kirk, 4 and 3, in the final, and was a member of 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 (2008, 2012).
  • Brian Harman, 29, of Saint Simons Island, Ga., qualified for his second U.S. Open through the Memphis, Tenn., sectional qualifier last year. He won the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur, defeating Jordan Cox in the final, and was a member of two winning USA Walker Cup Teams (2005, 2009). He claimed the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in 2014.
  • Christian Heavens, 27, of Fairview Heights, Ill., is a product of the First Tee of St. Louis. He played at Georgetown College in Kentucky where he was voted Mid-South Conference Player of the Year. He qualified for the 2010 U.S. Amateur. His uncle, Jerome, is among Notre Dame’s all-time rushing leaders and was drafted in 1979 by the NFL’s Chicago Bears.
  • J.J. Henry, 41, of Fort Worth, Texas, has played in seven U.S. Opens and his best finish was a tie for 26th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club in 2007. Henry has registered three PGA Tour victories, including the 2015 Barracuda Championship, and played in the 2006 Ryder Cup.
  • Trevor Immelman, 36, of South Africa, has played in eight U.S. Opens, with his best finish a tie for 21st in 2006 at Winged Foot Golf Club. He won the 2008 Masters Tournament and the 1998 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, defeating Jason Dufner in the final.
  • Fredrik Jacobson, 41, of Sweden, has competed in six U.S. Opens, with his best finish a tie for third at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club in 2003. Jacobson owns one PGA Tour victory, the 2011 Travelers Championship, and three PGA European Tour wins.
  • Kelly Kraft, 27, 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, 27, of Saint Simons Island, Ga., was low amateur with Russell Henley in the 2010 U.S. Open, tying for 16th. Langley has competed in 14 PGA Tour events this season and has three top-25 finishes. He played in three U.S. Amateurs and reached the quarterfinals in 2010.
  • Lee McCoy, 22, of Athens, Ga., was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team. In 2016, he was chosen Southeastern Conference Player of the Year when he led the University of Georgia to the SEC and NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional championships. He tied for sixth at this year’s NCAA Championship. He also finished fourth in March in the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship, the best finish by an amateur on the PGA Tour in 18 years. McCoy, who played in the 2015 U.S. Open, has qualified for match play in two U.S. Amateurs (2014, 2015) and two U.S. Junior Amateurs (2009, 2010).
  • Jordan Niebrugge, 22, of Mequon, Wis., won the silver medal as the low amateur in the 2016 Open Championship at St. Andrews. He tied for sixth overall. Niebrugge, who has played in three U.S. Amateurs, was a member of the 2013 and 2015 USA Walker Cup Teams. He is a senior on the Oklahoma State University squad and has earned All-America and All-Big 12 Conference honors. The Cowboys won the 2016 NCAA Stillwater Regional.
  • Rod Pampling, 46, of Australia, has played in eight U.S. Opens, with his best finish a tie for 14th at Torrey Pines Golf Course in 2008. He advanced to the 2014 U.S. Open through the Columbus, Ohio, sectional qualifier with rounds of 73 and 65. His wife, Angela, is a clinical psychologist.
  • Martin Piller, 30, of Fort Worth, Texas, is married to LPGA Tour player Gerina Piller. Martin has played in 13 PGA Tour events this season. He tied for fourth at the Valero Texas Open on March 27. He has five Web.com Tour victories and won twice last summer. Gerina has played in four U.S. Women’s Opens, including a tie for 31st in 2013.
  • Chez Reavie, 34, of Scottsdale, Ariz., captured the 2001 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship by defeating Danny Green in 38 holes. He has played in four U.S. Opens. As a PGA Tour rookie, Reavie claimed the 2008 Canadian Open. He won for the first time in seven years last year on the Web.com Tour.
  • Sam Saunders, 28, of Fort Collins, Colo., is the grandson of 1960 U.S. Open champion Arnold Palmer. Saunders, who tied for 50th in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, was co-medalist at the Columbus, Ohio, sectional qualifier last year. Saunders has played in 16 PGA Tour events this season and his best finish is a tie for 14th at the Honda Classic.
  • Robby Shelton, 20, of Wilmer, Ala., competed in his lone U.S. Open in 2014 after advancing through the Memphis, Tenn., sectional qualifier. He reached the Round of 16 in last year’s U.S. Amateur and was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team. Shelton is a three-time All-Southeastern Conference player for the University of Alabama. He tied for sixth at the 2016 NCAA Championship with a 72-hole score of 1-over 281.
  • Hunter Stewart, 23, of Nicholasville, Ky., was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team. He has competed in seven PGA Tour events this season, including a tie for 10th at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Stewart, who advanced to the Round of 16 in last year’s U.S. Amateur, played in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
  • Steve Stricker, 49, of Madison, Wis., 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 in 1990.
  • Lance Ten Broeck, 60, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., once caddied for Jesper Parnevik and Robert Allenby. Ten Broeck, who has competed in 14 USGA championships, last played in the U.S. Open in 1992 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. He has played in four U.S. Senior Opens, including a tie for ninth in 2012.
  • Michael Thompson, 31, of Saint Simons Island, Ga., tied for second (behind champion Webb Simpson) in the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club. 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.
  • David Toms, 49, of Shreveport, La., 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, Tenn., sectional qualifier in 2014.
  • D.J. Trahan, 35, of Plano, Texas, has played in three U.S. Opens, including a tie for fourth at Torrey Pines Golf Course in 2008. He won the 2000 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and was a member of the 2001 USA Walker Cup Team.
  • Casey Wittenberg, 31, of Memphis, Tenn., 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, was chosen 2012 Web.com Tour Player of the Year after winning twice. He advanced through the Memphis, Tenn., sectional qualifier in 2014, including a first-round 62.

 

Lakeside Country Club

Houston, Texas, 51 players for 3 spots   Scoring

  • Cameron Champ, 20, of Sacramento, Calif., helped Texas A&M University finish second in the 2016 Southeastern Conference Championship. He qualified individually for NCAAs. 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.
  • Patrick Christovich, 37, of New Orleans, La., advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship with partner Garrett Rank. Christovich, a realtor, has competed in 12 USGA championships. He was a quarterfinalist in the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur and has claimed three Louisiana Mid-Amateur titles.
  • Brad Dalke, 18, of Oklahoma City, Okla., is a freshman on the University of Oklahoma team. He tied for 15th in helping the Sooners finish second at the NCAA Stillwater Regional. Dalke, who competed in four U.S. Junior Amateurs, comes from an athletic family. His mother, Kay (Pryor), played on the first 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.
  • James Driscoll, 38, of Wellesley, Mass., was the runner-up in the 2000 U.S. Amateur when he lost to Jeff Quinney in 39 holes. Driscoll, who defeated Luke Donald in the semifinals, has played on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour. He was a member of the 2001 USA Walker Cup Team.
  • Scott Dunlap, 52, of Sarasota, Fla., tied for seventh in the 2015 U.S. Senior Open after finishing ninth the previous year. He has played in five U.S. Opens and tied for 24th in 1997. His sister, Page Halpin, finished 64th in the U.S. Women’s Open that same summer.
  • Cody Gribble, 25, of Dallas, Texas, advanced through local and sectional qualifying to the 2014 U.S. Open, where he tied for 21st. He was one of five local and sectional qualifiers to make the cut. Gribble, an All-America player at the University of Texas, also played in last year’s U.S. Open. He has three top-25 finishes on the Web.com Tour this season.
  • Noah Goodwin, 15, of Corinth, Texas, made it to the Round of 16 at last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur and advanced to match play at the U.S. Amateur, losing in 21 holes to Jake Knapp. He plays out of Oakmont Country Club in his hometown, and he has the same swing coach (Cameron McCormick) as 2015 U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth. His father, Jeff, is a professor of kinesiology at the University of North Texas.
  • Beau Hossler, 21, of Mission Viejo, Calif., was the 2015 and 2016 Big 12 Conference Player of the Year. Hossler finished fifth at this year’s NCAA Championship with a 72-hole score of even-par 280. He also helped the University of Texas win the Big 12 Championship and NCAA Franklin Regional. Hossler played in the 2011 U.S. Open at age 16 and tied for 29th in 2012. He has played in 11 USGA championships, including last year’s U.S. Amateur, and was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team and the winning 2014 USA entry in the World Amateur Team Championship.
  • Mark Silvers, 29, of Thunderbolt, Ga., tied for 54th in last year’s U.S. Open after earning medalist honors in sectional qualifying and advancing through local qualifying as an alternate. Silvers, who earned All-America honors at the University of South Carolina and turned professional in 2009, also worked his way through both qualifying stages to the 2010 U.S. Open.
  • Kevin Tway, 27, of Edmond, Okla., won the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. He has competed in two U.S. Opens and tied for 60th at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014. Tway, an All-America player at Oklahoma State University, is the son of 1986 PGA champion Bob Tway, who played in 18 U.S. Opens and tied for third in 1998.
  • Matthew Van Zandt, 30, of Houston, Texas, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship with partner Drew Allenspach. Van Zandt, who was a member of Texas A&M University’s 2009 NCAA championship team, is on the staff of the College Golf Fellowship, a Christian ministry.
  • Kristoffer Ventura, 21, of Norway, was the medalist at the NCAA Stillwater Regional and led Oklahoma State University to the team title. Ventura, a sophomore, is a two-time All-Big 12 Conference selection who helped the Cowboys place second at the conference championship. He represented his country in the 2012 and 2014 World Amateur Team Championships.
  • Travis Vick, 16, of Houston, Texas, is a three-sport athlete at Houston’s Second Baptist School. In addition to golf, he is a quarterback/linebacker on the middle school and junior varsity football teams and a pitcher/third baseman on the baseball squad. He also played basketball through eighth grade. Vick, who reached match play in last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur, has been counseled by family friend Hal Sutton, who competed in 18 U.S. Opens.

 

Royal Oaks Country Club

Vancouver, Wash.; 54 players for 3 spots   Scoring

  • Derek Barron, 31, of Tacoma, Wash., played and worked at Fort Steilacoom Golf Course, just 7 miles from Chambers Bay, last 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. He previously worked as a construction foreman.
  • Austin Connelly, 19, of Canada, turned professional last year after originally committing to the University of Arkansas. He has played on the PGA Tour, Web.com Tour and PGA Tour Canada. Connelly, who is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, advanced to match play at last year’s U.S. Amateur and reached the semifinals with partner Sam Burns in the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. Connelly also reached match play in two U.S. Junior Amateurs.
  • Josh Gliege, 18, of Eagle, Idaho, competed in his third U.S. Junior Amateur last year and was the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Player of the Year. He won the 2015 Class 5A state championship by seven strokes and led Eagle High to its sixth consecutive state crown. Gliege, who plans to enroll at Texas A&M University in the fall, was a four-time all-state selection. His father, grandfather and uncle are all pilots.
  • Justin Kadin, 26, of Corvallis, Ore., is a caddie at Tetherow Golf Club and won last year’s Oregon state mid-amateur. He qualified for the 2013 U.S. Amateur and 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links. Kadin, who played at the University of Idaho, won the 2007 Class 5A state high school championship.
  • Troy Kelly, 37, of Lakewood, Wash., tied for 39th at Chambers Bay last year in his second U.S. Open. At age 6 he was the youngest player to start competing in Washington State Junior Golf Association events. Kelly captured the WJGA state championship twice, at age 11 and 13, and won more than 40 junior golf tournaments.
  • Sam Love, 24, of Trussville, Ala., shot an 11-under 61 at the Oneonta, Ala., local qualifier, including a double eagle with a 262-yard 2-iron at the par-5 second. Love, who competes on the Web.com Tour, played in the 2014 U.S. Open as an alternate when Jason Millard disqualified himself following sectional qualifying for grounding a club in a greenside bunker.
  • Brock Mackenzie, 34, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was a member of the 2003 USA Walker Cup Team. Mackenzie’s sister, Paige, is both an LPGA Tour player and Golf Channel analyst. He was an All-America player at the University of Washington and played in the 2004 U.S. Open. Mackenzie, whose parents are pharmacists, has competed on the Web.com Tour.
  • Jordan Massey, 26, of Winter Springs, Fla., joined the U.S. Army in 2011 and was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas for three years as an explosive ordinance disposal officer. Massey, who played at NCAA Division II Clayton State University in Georgia, tried the professional ranks before enlisting. While in the U.S. Army, Massey won the 2014 Armed Forces Championship, earned a silver medal at the World Military Golf Championship in Bahrain and was 14th at the World Military Games in Korea. He is now competing on PGA Tour Canada.
  • Noah Norton, 17, of Chico, Calif., shot a 67 in U.S. Open local qualifying at Pasatiempo Golf Club, in Santa Cruz. Norton, a junior at Pleasant Valley High School, tied for fourth at last year’s state championship. He recently posted a top-5 finish at the NCGA/CIF Nor Cal Championship for the second consecutive year and will make a return trip to the state tournament.
  • Michael Putnam, 33, of University Place, Wash., was the co-medalist at last year’s Columbus, Ohio, sectional qualifier, shooting rounds of 68-64. He is attempting to qualify for his fifth U.S. Open. Putnam was chosen 2013 Web.com Tour Player of the Year. He was an All-America player at Pepperdine University and a member of the 2005 USA Walker Cup Team. He lives near Chambers Bay, the site of last year’s U.S. Open, and he hit the first shot of last year’s championship off hole No. 1. Putnam missed the cut by two strokes.
  • Sulman Raza, 22, of Eugene, Ore., helped the University of Oregon finish second at the NCAA Tucson Regional as the Ducks qualified for their third consecutive NCAA Championship. Raza, who was born in Lithuania and is studying landscape architecture, has played golf in more than a dozen foreign countries. His adoptive mother, Anita, is a professor at Oregon and his Pakistan-born father, Farrukh, is a professional cricket player.
  • Jonathan Sanders, 22, of Chatsworth, Calif., and his older brother, Jeremy, each advanced through U.S. Open local qualifying on May 9. Jeremy is playing in the Daly City, Calif., sectional qualifier. Jonathan, who competed in the 2013 U.S. Amateur, was the 2016 Pac-12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year while playing for the University of Washington. He posted four top-10 finishes as a senior, including winning the Redhawk Invitational title.
  • Sam Warkentin, 17, of Bainbridge, Wash., has won two Washington Junior Golf Association titles and claimed the 2014 Pacific Northwest Junior crown. Warkentin, who plans to enroll at the University of Washington in the fall, won last year’s Class 3A individual state high school title and led Bainbridge High to the championship.
  • Aaron Whalen, 19, of Ephrata, Wash., and his brother, Andrew, each competed in the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Whalen, a rising sophomore at Washington State University, posted three top-25 finishes for the Cougars this season. He advanced to the Round of 64 at last year’s U.S. Amateur. Andrew plays at Northwestern University.
  • Aaron Wise, 19, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., earned first-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors as a sophomore at the University of Oregon. He won the 2016 NCAA individual championship by two strokes with a 72-hole score of 5-under-par 275. Wise, who has competed in four consecutive U.S. Amateurs, was second-team All-Pac-12 last year. In 2015, Wise, who was born in South Africa, shot a final-round 66 to win the Pacific Coast Amateur and was the runner-up in the 113th Western Amateur.