The Monday the week before the U.S. Open week officially kicks off has been dubbed “the longest golf day of the year” — that’s because it’s traditionally when 10 sectional qualifiers around the nation take place to fill up (most of) the remaining spots for the second major of the season. As longtime readers know, I’m usually at the Columbus sectional, where the field is basically like a PGA Tour event since it occurs the day after The Memorial Tournament.
Well, this year, I attended the MGA (Metropolitan Golf Association) section since it’s close to home for me in NYC. I always call the qualifier my favorite day to cover in the golfing season because it’s about democratic as the game gets. It’s pure golf — no ropes, no electronic scoreboards, not to mention pros in shorts. Once again, it didn’t disappoint — well, except the fact that there wasn’t a playoff for the final spot. I always love the playoffs, where there are five guys vying for three spots, etc.
At the MET section, there were 71 players competing for one of four spots available into next week’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.