3 Players Punch Tickets to U.S. Open
Scott Langley, Sam Osborne and Brooks Koepka battled windy conditions to advance to the 112th U.S. Open Championship. The sectional qualifying event was conducted by the Florida State Golf Association at Black Diamond Ranch, in Lecanto, on Monday, June 4.
Scott Langley, 23, of Manchester, MO, carded rounds of 73-66--139 to grab medalist honors. Langley’s first round of one-over par 73 had him just five strokes behind the first round leader. In the final round of play Langley came out firing, posting an impressive five-under par 31 on his front nine, and went into cruise control on his back nine with a one-under par 35, for the low round of the day at six-under par 66. This will be Langley’s second trip to the U.S. Open Championship in the last three years.
Sam Osborne, 30, of England, punched his ticket to the U.S. Open after rounds of 71-70 for a tournament total of three-under par 141. After a first round of one-under par 71, Osborne found himself right in the thick of the tournament. In the final round, Osborne went out in one-under par 35, and used birdies on 14, 15, and 16 on the back nine to post his round of two-under par 70. Osborne will be making his first trip to the U.S. Open Championship.
Brooks Koepka (a), 22, of Tallahassee, fired a 72-70--142, to grab the final spot in a playoff. Koepka, an FJT Tour alum, and a recent graduate of Florida State University, fired a final round of two-under par 70, to put him in a tie with the impressive 14 year old Andy Zhang, of the Peoples Republic of China, who was trying to become the youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Open. Koepka would go on to make birdie on the first playoff hole to clinch the last spot and earn his first trip to the U.S. Open.
The United States Open Championship will be conducted at The Olympic Club, in San Francisco, California on June 14-17. Click here for more information regarding the championship.
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