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Jun
12
2016

2016 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

There were tons of great storylines coming out of the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier in Columbus on Monday. There were so many that I nearly drove myself crazy trying to write about them all. Well, I didn’t quite get to everyone since I spent about 2,000 words waxing lyrical about why the sectional qualifier is the greatest day in golf. (Thanks for bearing with me if you read that, but it really is!)

This year in Columbus there were 103 players competing for 13 spots at Kinsale and Wedgewood.

Here’s a breakdown of the main stories coming out of Columbus, and I don’t care if none of these guys make the cut or are never heard from again (but there are some “big” names, so doubt that will be the case). 

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Jun
8
2016

2016 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

[Ed. note: Not finished because I’m sick and haven’t slept in days and shouldn’t even be trying to write. I hadn’t been feeling well in Ohio and then after the flights yesterday back to Seattle, I definitely caught something on the plane or you know how when you have a cold and then traveling exacerbates it because of the pressure? I don’t know. I just know it never seems to end up feeling better after a flight! So I apologize for being such a wreck. I’ve been trying so hard to write and it’s been a mess. I mean, I’ve banned myself from tweeting until I get some rest. I probably shouldn’t even publish what I’ve written… but I’m going to live oh-so dangerously and risk it.

II mean, I just love these underdog stories like Jason Allred, who was an alternate finding out 40 minutes before teeing off that he was in the field after he made the effort to get to Columbus following the Web.com Tour event in Dominican Republic, or even the fact that Erik Compton showed up for the 2nd alternate playoff Tuesday morning and then flew to Memphis and played nine more holes. Wouldn’t be such a big deal if it weren’t for his serious health issues that I can’t imagine what it’s like to have to deal with. I would not fault anyone for not showing up for that because they had to get to Memphis, etc. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by his attitude considering he’s obviously a fighter with the heart of a champion. We could take a page out of his book perhaps?

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Jun
3
2013
By Stephanie Wei under US Open
Brookside Country Club

Brookside Country Club

Welcome to the “Golf’s Longest Day” — as it is marketed on Golf Channel — where nearly 1,000 players spread across 11 qualifying sites in the country are vying for coveted spots in next week’s U.S. Open at Merion. I’ll be bringing you updates from the 36-hole sectional qualifier in Columbus, which is held at Brookside CC and The Lakes G&CC (the “host” venue).

As longtime readers know, this is one of my favorite events to cover. I love watching PGA Tour pros biting their nails as they gather around the scoreboard at the end of the second round (which will be at The Lakes this year) and nervously watch the calligrapher handwrite the numbers. It’s a tense atmosphere, but the emotion is raw and real. It’s one of the few events left that have the old-school feeling to them, because realtime scoring is either nonexistent or delayed and big electronic leaderboards aren’t plastered around the course. 

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