Jun
7
2011
US Open Sectional Qualifying Results: What a Day!
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Joy (Marc Turnesa) and agony (Aaron Dexheimer)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Staying to cover the US Open sectional in Columbus was probably one of the better decisions I’ve made in a while. Besides the final round of PGA Tour Q-school, it was probably the most fascinating and interesting event I’ve covered in golf. What about the final round of the Masters? The US Open? The British Open? Or even the PGA Championship? Sure, those are exciting, but qualifiers and majors/regular tournaments should be classified separately.

I think it’s the once-a-year do-or-die format of qualifiers that I find so compelling. And for the hundreds gathered at about a dozen venues across the country, they’re playing for the remaining sixty-something spots in the US Open — just a place in the field, no guaranteed money. Yet, the results elicit the same, if not heightened, emotions of raw elation or anguish.

It was absolutely riveting sitting in the patio area and watching the players pace and stare at the leaderboard, waiting for the scores to come in, or chatter somewhat calmly with their friends and family, or drown their sorrows with beers.

I have so much material to share that I don’t know where to start. Let’s see, when I first arrived at Brookside, Brandt Jobe’s legs nearly blinded me.

Jobe's caddie Jeff: "That's probably going on Twitter."

It’s amusing to see PGA Tour players wearing shorts — some are almost unrecognizable! One thing’s for sure, their legs are certainly much lighter than their arms and face for obvious reasons. The good news is Jobe and others (Marc Leishman may have been the only player to miss the memo that he was allowed to wear shorts during the qualifier) could work on their tans.

Players, caddies, families, etc. gather around the leaderboard for scores to post...

Okay, so I’m going to write a few posts/columns/stories on my experience at Sectionals, but it’s definitely one of the most underrated events in golf. For now, let’s just take a look at the list of qualifiers from each site and we’ll start with…

*Columbus, Ohio (Brookside CC/Lakes G &CC — 16 spots)

1. Chez Reavie
1. Brandt Jobe
3. Robert Garrigus
4. Adam Long
4. Justin Hicks
4. Nick O’Hern
4. Patrick Cantlay (a)
8. Chris Wilson
8. Marc Turnesa
8. John Senden
8. D.A. Points
8. Marc Leishman

8. Kevin Chappell

Six for three playoff at seven-under:

14. Tim Petrovic
15. Scott Hend
16. Webb Simpson

*Springfield, Ohio (Springfield CC — 2 spots)

1. Noh, Seung-Yul

2. Jesse Hutchins (in a playoff)

*Memphis, Tenn.  (Tunical National — 10 spots)

1. Sunghoon Kang
1. William Cauley (a)
3. Andres Gonzales
3. Michael Putnam
3. Scott Piercy
6. Fredrik Jacobson

7-for-4 playoff:

7. Sergio Garcia
8. Brian Gay
9. Briny Baird
10. Chad Campbell

*Dallas, Texas  (Dallas AC4 — 4 spots)

1. Michael Smith
2. Todd Hamilton

3-for-2 playoff:
3. Harrison Frazar
4. Greg Chalmers

*Summit, NJ (Canoe Brook CC — 4 spots)

1. Geoffrey Sisk
2. Matt Richardson
2. Alexander Rocha
2. Cheng-tsung Pan (a)

*Ball Ground, Ga. (Hawks Ridge GC3 spots)

1. Brett Patterson (a)
1. Ryan Nelson

2-for-1 playoff:
3. Russell Henley (a)

*Vero Beach, Fla. (Quail Valley GC — 3 spots)

1. Joey Lamielle

3-for-2 playoff:

2. Michael Barbosa
3. Sam Saunders

*St. Charles, Ill. (St. Charles CC3 spots)

1.Bennett Blakeman

3-for-2 playoff

2. Brad Benjamin
3. Christopher Deforest

*Rockville, Md. (Woodmont CC — 10 spots)

1. Kirk Triplett
2. Jon Mills
3. Elliot Gealy
3. Fred Funk
3. Michael Tobiason Jr.
3. Ty Tryon
7. Bubba Dickerson
7. Christo Greyling
7. David May
7. Will Wilcox

*Glendale, Calif. (Oakmont Country Club — 5 spots)

1. Scott Pinckney (a)
2. Matthew Edwards
3. Beau Hossler (a)
3. Steven Irwin (a)
5. Brian Locke

*Bremerton, Wash. (Gold Mountain GC — 4 spots)

1. Chris Williams
2. Wes Heffernan
2. Adam Hadwin
4. John Ellis