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Monday
Jun022014

It's A Wrap: Golf's Longest Day Actually Ends On Time!

As of almost midnight, the full results page still is missing some stories from the writers dispatched by the USGA to the 2014 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, but as Garry Smits noted in his roundup of the greater Jacksonville golfers, all of the Sectionals finished on Monday even with a delay in the crowded Columbus qualifier. We'll take it and so will the volunteers who put in a long day and do not need a return visit Tuesday morning for a playoff.

In no particular order, the stories I did find are linked below.

Actually, leading off is perhaps the best story of the day, reported on by Rob Oller from Springfield, Ohio where 17-year-old Will Grimmer, who shot 59 last year at the North & South Amateur at Pinehurst, makes it through qualifying for another crack at the course.

Rex Hoggard said the huge Columbus qualifier fittingly produced democratic results, with a nice mix of qualifiers including Erik Compton.

Jeff Rude reports from Columbus where Danny Lee did not qualify and yet was the story in a sense.

Will Gray has the one real downer of the day, 22-year-old Landon Michelson thinking he'd made it for 15 minutes or so only to learn his playing partner had written down an incorrect score and Michelson signed for it.

Adam Schupak was at the Cordova, Tennessee site where Hudson Swafford dominated, JB Holmes finished second and a playoff produced Pinehurst qualifiers Brady Watt and Joe Ogilvie, among others.

David Dusek on the Purchase, NY sectional where Rob Oppenheim, Jim Renner, Fran Quinn and Matthew Dobyns move on to Pinehurst.

Nick Masuda from Quail Valley in Vero Beach.

Stuart Hall reports from Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland where Billy Hurley, Nicholas Mason, David Constable and Chad Collins made it through.

Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com focused on the amateurs who made it or almost made the US Open.

And Stan Awtrey on the Ansley qualifier where Henrik Norlander and amateur Smylie---yes, Smylie--Kaufman made it. Reader Rob Matre reports that Smylie's caddie is named Luckie. And that, in a nutshell, is U.S. Open Sectional day!

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Reader Comments (6)

Thanks to Geoff for the news roundup - some great stories here. Following up on the previous debate regarding the lack of TV coverage, I could be wrong, but it seems a viable argument that the type of writing linked here from sectional qualifying brings a stronger sense of the big story than TV could have produced. GC should not be criticized here - print and digital simply was the better medium for this story. The work of these on-site reporters gives true sense of the progression from application to local qualifying to sectionals. After reading just a few articles I have a better sense of what an "open" championship is really about. These stories also give some insight into the strength of the USGA and all the work that goes into the many tournaments they operate nationwide, with the help of thousands of volunteers in state and local associations. Kudos to all who qualified, almost qualified and who missed by a bunch but played their hearts out.
06.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNC
Nice selection of the day's activities. I thught there was a comment on David Gossett, but I can't find t now. Blg Tex soke at length on Gossett having shot a 59 at Q school (all the rest were in the 70's, and he did not make it, At the Nike Tournament where Casey Martin was frst allowed to plat, there was a ton of media, and Jimmy Roberts, whom I like, though some on here don't, was getting ready to go to a live broadcast on sportscenter on ESPN. I walked over to talk to him and mentioned that Gossett was tid or within a shot ofthe lead, and was still an AM playing for UT.

Roberts was about a mnute from live air, and wth a thank you to me, went in to hia Casey Martin report, and then a summary of the day. He lad ot a great 2 paragraph overvew of Gossett, and didn't miss a beat....it was as if he had an hour to prepare, though it was actually about a minute.

Possibly the best live off the cuff work I have ever seen.

As to the Landon story....ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS RECORD THE PER HOLE SCORE- NO TOTAL. this totalling gets more people in trouble than any other part of the card, IMO.


If you hve the scorer read your hole score in groups of 3, it is easy to verify, or correct scores....no total needed.


Sorry he blew it. The MD story was poorly done; they never made it clear that he was to be in a playoff based on what the real outcome would have been.
06.3.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Special shout out to sometime lurker Brad Fritsch. Tough go missing the playoff by 1 in Memphis. Get em next year!

Overall seems to be some good stories and names you haven't heard for a while. Another fun list of WD's too!
06.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChicago John
Terrific story in Maverick McNealy. 1st, the disappointment of losing a match last week that would have put Stanford in the NCAA finals, then the thrill of making the Open.BTW, his brothers--all hockey players & golfers--are Dakota, Colt, & Scout. I wonder who will carry Maverick's saddle bag at Pinehurst? Dad Scott will probably do it pro bono.
06.3.2014 | Unregistered Commentergolfdinosaurrr
Hopefully the kid gets a real caddie. But, wouldn't it be fun to have Scott McNealy spend 30 or so minutes in an evacuation van with Mike Davis discussing how to fix golf: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-04-12/how-to-fix-golf-scott-mcnealy .
06.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson
Carl P....Astute comment. I'd pay to ride along and wager on the winner.
06.3.2014 | Unregistered Commentergolfdinosaurrr

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