Former Duke golfers Joe Ogilvie and Ryan Blaum have qualified for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, but the 10 sectional qualifiers Monday provided mostly heartbreak and disappointment for a number of golfers.
Davis Love III wasn't able to advance from the Columbus, Ohio, sectional although another former North Carolina golfer did. Mark Wilson tied for fourth with a pair of 69s to easily qualify.
Ogilvie nailed down a spot in the Open at the sectional in Memphis, Tenn., with rounds of 66 and 69 at Colonial Country Club. Ogilvie, who played in the 2005 Open at No. 2, tied for third, two shots behind medalist Hudson Swafford.
Blaum claimed his spot in a five-man playoff in Columbus holing a 30-foot birdie putt.
Wilson qualified by tying for fourth at Columbus.
There were 14 spots available in Memphis, and former Campbell golfer Brad Fritsch of Holly Springs came up a shot short despite a second-round 66.
Among those missing out in the Columbus sectional were Chesson Hadley of Raleigh, Ben Kohles of Cary, former N.C. State golfer Albin Choi and Greenville native Will MacKenzie. Love had rounds of 76-70.
Richard Fountain of Raleigh failed to qualify at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. Fountain, who just completed his senior year at Davidson, opened with a 1-over 73. He birdied four of his first five holes in the second round but double-bogeyed the par-4 seventh hole and then bogeyed the eighth and ninth holes in finishing with a 76.
Fountain was at 5-over 149, tied with former UNC golfer Jack Fields of Southern Pines. Fields, the 2011 North and South Amateur winner on No. 2, had a second-round 71 after a 78.
Raleigh’s Carter Jenkins had rounds of 72-76 and did not advance in the sectional at Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga., where only two spots were available.
Just missing in Roswell was Trevor Cone of Concord. The Virginia Tech golfer had rounds of 72 and 71 but finished one shot behind in third.
Jason Gore, 40, was a surprise contender in the 2005 Open but didn’t make it through the sectional in Daly City, Calif., despite a second-round 67.
Lexi Thompson could be one of the favorites in the U.S. Women’s Open on No. 2 the week after the U.S. Open.
Thompson hoped brothers Nicholas and Curtis Thompson both would qualify and be in Pinehurst, but neither made it through Tuesday sectionals.
David Mathis of Raleigh withdrew from the Columbus sectional.
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