They call it the longest day in golf. It can also be one of the best for those who make it through. Unfortunately, none of our local golfers who were competing have qualified for the U.S. Open.
It's sectional qualifying day, and a number of local golfers were participating in the 36-hole grind trying to earn spots in the 2013 U.S. Open. They were scattered at 4 of the 11 sectional sites across the U.S. (There was also one qualifier in England). Here's a rundown of where they all played and how they performed along with links to the results.
In Memphis, TN, 9 spots were up for grabs. Former Augusta State Mitchell Krywulycz was the top local finisher but he was well back of the top 9 finishing 37th. Augusta's Vaughn Taylor finished tied for 53rd, and Louisville's Brian Gay withdrew.
In Ball Ground, GA, 51 players competed for 3 spots. Pelion, South Carolina's Cody Proveaux (Clemson) shot -6 and finished tied for 15th. Aiken's Dane Burkhart finished tied for 17th, and Evans' Jacob Tilton end up tied for 37th.
In Rockville, MD, 8 spots were on the line. Aiken's Kevin Kisner and Augusta's Scott Parel both finished well back, tied for 37th and tied for 50th respectively.
In Columbus, OH, two of our area's highest profile PGA Tour players were among the 120 players competing for 5 spots. Unfortunately, both Augusta's Charles Howell III and North Augusta's Scott Brown came up short. Howell finished tied for 42nd. Brown was well back in a tie for 66th.
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