Road to Torrey Pines: U.S. Open Qualifying
TAMPA, Fla. – The road to the 121st U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course began in April with local qualifying. Thousands of golfers around the world began a journey that they hope will end with a spot in the U.S. Open in June.
This year, there are 110 local qualifying rounds held across the U.S. and Canada, with 13 being held in Florida. More than 9,000 entries were received for this year’s championship, with 8,680 players vying for a spot in final qualifying.
Twelve U.S. Open final qualifiers will be held around the country with competitors vying for a place at Torrey Pines. Florida’s final qualifier will head The Bear’s club in Jupiter, for the third time in seven years, on June 7 for 36 holes and a chance to earn an invitation to the U.S. Open.
Waterlefe Golf & Country Club
Garrett Fey, of Tampa, Fla. - Co-Medalist
Fey won co-medalist honors at Waterlefe Golf & River Club shooting a 6-under 66. The 2016 Dallas Baptist University graduate got off to a red hot start by making birdies on five of his first seven holes. He would go on to only make one bogey for the day and card two more birdies on the back nine to advance to sectional qualifying. Fey currently plays on the Mackenzie Tour with PGA Tour Canada.
David Perritt, of Bradenton, Fla. - Co-Medalist
Perritt recorded seven birdies and just one bogey en route to shooting a 6-under 66 during his round. That proved to be enough to earn co-medalist honors and advance him through local qualifying. Perritt currently plays on the Korn Ferry Tour.
Danny Walker, of Bradenton, Fla. - Co-Medalist
Walker went low firing a 6-under 66 to capture a share of medalist honors at Waterlefe Golf & River Club. Walker shot a 2-under 34 on the front nine and made a charge on the back nine recording four birdies to get in the clubhouse at 6-under. He is a 2018 graduate of the University of Virginia and currently plays on the Korn Ferry Tour where he has one top-10 finish.
Derek Lamely, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. - Co-Medalist
Lamely posted a 6-under 66 to secure a spot in sectional qualifying. He played his collegiate golf at Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently competing on the Korn Ferry Tour.
Jack Korzon, of Downers Grove, Ill.
Korzon survived a three-man playoff, after carding a 5-under 67, to grab the final qualifying spot at Waterlefe Golf & River Club in a playoff. The Illinois native is a graduate of Lewis University and currently plays on the West Florida Golf Tour.
Mission Inn Resort & Club
Brendon Doyle, of Louisville, K.Y. - Co-Medalist
Doyle captured co-medalist honors shooting a 4-under 68 with five birdies and only one bogey for the day. The Louisville native is a 2018 graduate of Indiana University, where he played collegiate golf. Doyle currently plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica and his best finish is T3 at the Puerto Plata Open.
Jonathan Yuan (a), of Minneola, Fla. - Co-Medalist
Yaun posted a 4-under 68 to earn co-medalist honors and advance to sectional qualifying. He had a bogey-free front nine, shooting 3-under and went on to finish the back nine at 1-under par. Yaun is currently a junior at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and plays on the men’s golf team.
Andreas Halvorsen, of Norway
Halvorsen fired a 3-under 69 to secure a spot in sectional qualifying. He carded five birdies and two bogeys on the day. The Norweigan currently plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica where he has 11 top-10 finishes in his career.
Keith Greene, of Debary, Fla.
Greene recorded four birdies and only one bogey during his round which resulted in a 3-under 69. The score would be enough to earn him a spot in sectional qualifying. The Florida Junior Tour alum played his collegiate golf at Lynn University in Boca Raton and currently plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica.
Blake Olson, of Pensacola, FL
Olson was able to grab the final spot in sectional qualifying by posting a 3-under 69 at Mission Inn Resort. He is a former Florida Junior Tour player and played his collegiate golf at Georgia Southern University.
Mayacoo Lakes Country Club
Myles Creighton, of Canada - Medalist
Creighton fired a 4-under 67 at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club, which earned him solo medalist honors. He opened up the front nine shooting a 1-under 35, but finished strong on the back nine posting a 3-under 32. The Canadian currently plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica.
Brian Carlson, of Madison, Conn.
Carlson carded a 2-under 69 on his way to advancing to sectional qualifying. He recorded 5 birdies and 3 bogeys on the day. Carlson is a 2018 graduate of Purdue University, where he played golf collegiately. He currently plays on the Forme Tour and has two top-10 finishes.
Zach Zaback, of West Palm Beach, Fla.
Zaback earned a spot in sectional qualifying posting a 1-under 70 at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. He played collegiate golf at the University of Connecticut and graduated in 2018. Zaback currently plays on the Korn Ferry Tour and recently qualified for the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Ethan Marcus, of Boca Raton, Fla.
Marcus posted a 1-under 70 to advance to sectional qualifying. He shot even par on his opening nine, but was able to get in the clubhouse at 1-under par on the back nine. The Florida Junior Tour alum played his collegiate golf at the University of Arizona and currently plays professionally on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica.
Joseph Latowski (a), of Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
Latowski birdied his final three holes of the round to record a 1-under par 70, earning him the final spot in sectional qualifying. He began the day shooting 1-over par on the front nine, but was able to card a 2-under par finish on the back nine. Latowski is a 2007 graduate of Penn State University and is the current reigning Florida Mid-Amateur champion.
Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club
Zack Taylor (a), of Pittsburgh, PA - Medalist
Taylor fired a 4-under 68 to grab solo medalist honors at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club. He carded an eagle on both of the par fives to begin his front and back nine.Taylor is currently a fifth-fifth year senior at Coastal Carolina University. His career stroke average of 71.27 is first all-time in Coastal Carolina men’s golf history in front of former career record holder Dustin Johnson (72.26)
Scott Wolfes, of Saint Simons Island, GA
Wolfes posted a 2-under 70 to advance to sectional qualifying. He carded four birdies and one double-bogey on the day. Wolfes is a 2015 graduate of Georgia Southern University and currently plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica.
Lee Detmer, of D.C.
Detmer was able to secure the final spot in sectional qualifying carding a 2-under 70. The 2019 Wake Forest graduate shot 1-under on his opening nine and would follow up on the back nine shooting 1-under. Detmer currently plays on the Forme Tour where he has one top-10 finish.
Wednesday, May 5
Orange Tree Golf Club – Orlando
Thursday, May 6
Hobe Sound Golf Club – Hobe Sound
Bear’s Paw Country Club – Naples
Bay Point Golf Club – Panama City Beach
Buckhorn Springs Golf & Country Club – Valrico
Sunday, May 9
Shingle Creek Golf Club – Orlando
The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach – Ponte Vedra Beach
The Club at Weston Hills – Weston
Monday, May 17
Country Club of Winter Haven – Winter Haven