The “Longest Day in Golf” was that and more for locals attempting to gain entry into next week’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. Monday was the last step in the qualifying process for the nearly 9,000 golfers that began the qualifying journey in early May.
Ten sectional qualifiers were held throughout the country Monday, and players competed over 36 holes at each venue. A total of 902 golfers vied for 72 berths.
For four of the five players with ties to Manatee County, a U.S. Open trip wasn’t awarded.
Only former IMG Academy standout Cheng-Tsung Pan advanced to next week’s second major of the season as one of 14 qualifiers from the Columbus, Ohio venue. Pan carded a 9-under par 135.
Bradenton’s Tyler Carlson and former IMG Academy golfer Cristobal del Solar didn’t get through the lone Florida sectional, which was held at Jupiter Hills in Tequesta. Carlson tied for 32nd place with a 12-over par 152, and del Solar tied for 25th with a 150. Only three spots were up for grabs, which went to St. Petersburg’s Jack Maguire (3-under 137), Tyson Alexander (1-under 139) and Joaquin Niemann (1-under 139). The latter two bested Orlando’s Eugene Hong in a playoff.
Lakewood Ranch High and Florida State University alum Seath Lauer got into the Memphis sectional as a first alternate from the local qualifier held at TPC Prestancia in Sarasota in May, but his two-round total of 1-over par 140 in Memphis wasn’t enough to progress to next week’s major. The cut was 7-under par for the nine spots awarded.
Saint Stephen’s alum Sean Kelly also failed to qualify. Playing the sectional in Tacoma, Washington, Kelly finished with a 8-over 150.