Three Advance to Erin Hills
Jack Maguire, Tyson Alexander, and Joaquin Niemann have advanced to the 117th U.S. Open Championship. The sectional qualifying event was conducted by the Florida State Golf Association at the Jupiter Hills Club, in Tequesta on June 5th.
Jack Maguire, of Saint Petersburg, earned medalist honors after rounds of 72-65 –135. Maguire, a member of the Web.com Tour, got off to a solid start with a round of two-over par 72. In the final round, Maguire started out with a bogey on his first hole, then rattled off six birdies to close out his front nine in 30. Maguire played his next eight holes at even par to stand on the tee of the final hole with a chance at the course record. Maguire would go on to burn the edge on his birdie putt to close out his round of 65 and tie the course record. This is the second time Maguire has advanced to the U.S. Open!
Tyson Alexander, of Gainesville, earned the second spot at Erin Hills after advancing in a playoff. Alexander posted a two-over par round of 72 and followed with the second lowest round of the day carding a three-under par round of 67. In the sudden death playoff, Alexander would birdie the first playoff hole, hole number 10, to punch his ticket to the U.S. Open Championship.
Joaquin Niemann (a) of Chile, earned the final qualifying spot after making par on the third playoff hole. Niemann, the number one ranked amateur golfer in the world and recent commit to the University of South Florida, posted rounds of 71-68, including a clutch birdie on the 36th hole get into the playoff for the final qualifying spot. Niemann again came up clutch on the second playoff hole after Eugene Hong knocked in a 45 footer for birdie. Niemann would calmly knock in his 15 footer to keep the playoff going and eventually prevail on the next playoff hole. This will be Niemann’s first appearance in the U.S. Open!
Eugene Hong, of Orlando, was the first alternate, and Tim Wilkinson, of Jacksonville was the second alternate.
The United States Open Championship will be conducted at Erin Hills on June 15-18, 2017.