Everything You Need To Know Entering U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at Canoe Brook Country Club
Heading out to the U.S. Open Men’s Sectional Qualifying 36-hole event on Monday, June 6th at Canoe Brook Country Club (North & South Courses) in Summit, New Jersey, here’s what you need to know (as provided by the USGA):
The 2016 U.S. Open Championship will be held at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, on June 16-19.
Note: The final size of the field for each qualifier, along with the number of available spots, will be announced Monday.
Scoring from all 10 qualifiers (including Canoe Brook) will be available at https:///www.usopen.com/en_US/news/qualifying/sectional.html
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Canoe Brook Country Club (North & South Courses) – 98 golfers for TBD spots
Storylines to follow:
- 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 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.
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