April 23, 2021

Road to Torrey Pines: U.S. Open Qualifying

TAMPA, Fla. – The road to the 121st U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course began in April with local qualifying. Thousands of golfers around the world began a journey that they hope will end with a spot in the U.S. Open in June.

This year, there are 110 local qualifying rounds held across the U.S. and Canada, with 13 being held in Florida. More than 9,000 entries were received for this year’s championship, with 8,680 players vying for a spot in final qualifying.

Twelve U.S. Open final qualifiers will be held around the country with competitors vying for a place at Torrey Pines. Florida’s final qualifier will head The Bear’s club in Jupiter, for the third time in seven years, on June 7 for 36 holes and a chance to earn an invitation to the U.S. Open.

Waterlefe Golf & Country Club

Garrett Fey, of Tampa, Fla. - Co-Medalist
Fey won co-medalist honors at Waterlefe Golf & River Club shooting a 6-under 66. The 2016 Dallas Baptist University graduate got off to a red hot start by making birdies on five of his first seven holes. He would go on to only make one bogey for the day and card two more birdies on the back nine to advance to sectional qualifying. Fey currently plays on the Mackenzie Tour with PGA Tour Canada.

David Perritt, of Bradenton, Fla. - Co-Medalist
Perritt recorded seven birdies and just one bogey en route to shooting a 6-under 66 during his round. That proved to be enough to earn co-medalist honors and advance him through local qualifying. Perritt currently plays on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Danny Walker, of Bradenton, Fla. - Co-Medalist
Walker went low firing a 6-under 66 to capture a share of medalist honors at Waterlefe Golf & River Club. Walker shot a 2-under 34 on the front nine and made a charge on the back nine recording four birdies to get in the clubhouse at 6-under. He is a 2018 graduate of the University of Virginia and currently plays on the Korn Ferry Tour where he has one top-10 finish.

Derek Lamely, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. - Co-Medalist
Lamely posted a 6-under 66 to secure a spot in sectional qualifying. He played his collegiate golf at Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently competing on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Jack Korzon, of Downers Grove, Ill.
Korzon survived a three-man playoff, after carding a 5-under 67, to grab the final qualifying spot at Waterlefe Golf & River Club in a playoff. The Illinois native is a graduate of Lewis University and currently plays on the West Florida Golf Tour.

Mission Inn Resort & Club

Brendon Doyle, of Louisville, K.Y. - Co-Medalist
Doyle captured co-medalist honors shooting a 4-under 68 with five birdies and only one bogey for the day. The Louisville native is a 2018 graduate of Indiana University, where he played collegiate golf. Doyle currently plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica and his best finish is T3 at the Puerto Plata Open.

Jonathan Yuan (a), of Minneola, Fla. - Co-Medalist
Yaun posted a 4-under 68 to earn co-medalist honors and advance to sectional qualifying. He had a bogey-free front nine, shooting 3-under and went on to finish the back nine at 1-under par. Yaun is currently a junior at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and plays on the men’s golf team.

Andreas Halvorsen, of Norway
Halvorsen fired a 3-under 69 to secure a spot in sectional qualifying. He carded five birdies and two bogeys on the day. The Norweigan currently plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica where he has 11 top-10 finishes in his career.

Keith Greene, of Debary, Fla.
Greene recorded four birdies and only one bogey during his round which resulted in a 3-under 69. The score would be enough to earn him a spot in sectional qualifying. The Florida Junior Tour alum played his collegiate golf at Lynn University in Boca Raton and currently plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

Blake Olson, of Pensacola, FL
Olson was able to grab the final spot in sectional qualifying by posting a 3-under 69 at Mission Inn Resort. He is a former Florida Junior Tour player and played his collegiate golf at Georgia Southern University.

Mayacoo Lakes Country Club

Myles Creighton, of Canada - Medalist
Creighton fired a 4-under 67 at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club, which earned him solo medalist honors. He opened up the front nine shooting a 1-under 35, but finished strong on the back nine posting a 3-under 32. The Canadian currently plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

Brian Carlson, of Madison, Conn.
Carlson carded a 2-under 69 on his way to advancing to sectional qualifying. He recorded 5 birdies and 3 bogeys on the day. Carlson is a 2018 graduate of Purdue University, where he played golf collegiately. He currently plays on the Forme Tour and has two top-10 finishes.

Zach Zaback, of West Palm Beach, Fla.
Zaback earned a spot in sectional qualifying posting a 1-under 70 at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. He played collegiate golf at the University of Connecticut and graduated in 2018. Zaback currently plays on the Korn Ferry Tour and recently qualified for the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa.

Ethan Marcus, of Boca Raton, Fla.
Marcus posted a 1-under 70 to advance to sectional qualifying. He shot even par on his opening nine, but was able to get in the clubhouse at 1-under par on the back nine. The Florida Junior Tour alum played his collegiate golf at the University of Arizona and currently plays professionally on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

Joseph Latowski (a), of Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
Latowski birdied his final three holes of the round to record a 1-under par 70, earning him the final spot in sectional qualifying. He began the day shooting 1-over par on the front nine, but was able to card a 2-under par finish on the back nine. Latowski is a 2007 graduate of Penn State University and is the current reigning Florida Mid-Amateur champion.

Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club 

Zack Taylor (a), of Pittsburgh, PA - Medalist
Taylor fired a 4-under 68 to grab solo medalist honors at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club. He carded an eagle on both of the par fives to begin his front and back nine.Taylor is currently a fifth-fifth year senior at Coastal Carolina University. His career stroke average of 71.27 is first all-time in Coastal Carolina men’s golf history in front of former career record holder Dustin Johnson (72.26)

Scott Wolfes, of Saint Simons Island, GA
Wolfes posted a 2-under 70 to advance to sectional qualifying. He carded four birdies and one double-bogey on the day. Wolfes is a 2015 graduate of Georgia Southern University and currently plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

Lee Detmer, of D.C.
Detmer was able to secure the final spot in sectional qualifying carding a 2-under 70. The 2019 Wake Forest graduate shot 1-under on his opening nine and would follow up on the back nine shooting 1-under. Detmer currently plays on the Forme Tour where he has one top-10 finish. 

Orange Tree Golf Club

Luis Fernando Barco, of Peru - Medalist
Fernando Barco went low at Orange Tree Golf Club firing a 7-under round of 65 to advance to sectional qualifying and secure medalist honors. He played a near flawless round of golf carding seven birdies and zero bogeys. Fernando Barco is a 2017 graduate of Purdue University where he played collegiate golf. He currently plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

Jim Renner, of Plainville, MA
Renner earned a spot in sectional qualifying carding a 4-under 68. The Massachusetts native was able to post five birdies and just one bogey which came on the 18th hole. Renner is a 2007 graduate of Johnson & Wales University and was also the Massachusetts Open in 2008. He currently plays professionally on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Luis Gagne, of Costa Rica
Gagne shot a 3-under par round of 69 at Orange Tree Golf Club to get through local qualifying. He came out firing on the front nine carding four birdies to post a 32. On the back nine he made all pars with one bogey at the 18th to post a 37. Gagne played collegiate golf at Louisiana State University where his career scoring average was 71.54, the second lowest in program history

Lev Grinberg (a), of Ukraine
Grinberg was able to get through local qualifying shooting a 2-under par 70. He got off to a shaky start shooting 1-over par on his first nine holes, but was able to finish strong on the back nine carding four birdies and one bogey for a 3-under par 33. At only 13 years old, Grinberg will graduate from middle school in 2022. He is currently a player on the Florida Junior Tour where he has one victory already this season. Now he will play for a chance at the U.S. Open next month.

Lloyd Jefferson Go, of Philippines
Jefferson Go grabbed the final spot in sectional qualifying shooting a 2-under par round of 70. He shot even par on his opening nine and made three birdies with just one bogey on the back nine to post 2-under par. Jefferson Go is a 2017 graduate of Seton Hall University where he played golf collegiately and he currently plays professionally on the Forme Tour.

Buckhorn Springs Golf and Country Club

Winston Munch, of Traverse City, MI - Medalist
Munch captured medalist honors at Buckhorn Springs Golf and Country Club firing an 8-under par round of 64. The Michigan native carded nine total birdies on the day and only one bogey to advance to sectional qualifying. Munch played golf collegiately at Hope College located in Holland, Michigan. 

Jacob Penny (a), of Valrico, FL
Penny, a Buckhorn Springs member, secured a spot in sectional qualifying posting a 7-under par round of 65. He played a mistake-free round of golf with zero bogeys along with five birdies and one eagle. Penny is a former Florida Junior Tour player where he captured five victories in his career.

Ryan Linton, of Lake Forest, IL
Linton posted a 5-under par 67 to advance through local qualifying. He shot 1-under par on his opening nine and 4-under par on the back nine, carding only one bogey for the day. Linton played golf collegiately at the University of Southern California and now plays professionally on the Minor League Golf Tour. 

Patrick Lovely (a), of Tampa, FL
Lovely secured the final qualifying spot carding a 5-under par round of 67 at Buckhorn Springs Golf and Country Club. The Tampa native made six birdies and only one bogey during his round. Lovely is a recently reinstated amateur golfer who plays out of Hunter’s Green Country Club in Tampa.

Hobe Sound Golf Club

Ruaidhri McGee, of Republic of Ireland - Medalist
McGee earned medalist honors at Hobe Sound Golf Club carding five birdies en route to a 5-under par round of 67. He had a perfect scorecard with zero bogeys to show, advancing him to sectional qualifying. McGee currently competes on the PGA EuroPro Tour. 

John Duthie, of Lansing, NY
Duthie was able to advance through local qualifying shooting a 1-under par 71. He began his opening nine carding a 1-over par 37. On the back nine he posted a 2-under par 34, thanks to an eagle on the par 4 10th hole. Duthie is a 2011 graduate of Towson University where he played golf collegiately.

Billy Hemstock, of England
Hemstock captured a spot in the sectional qualifier posting a 1-under par round of 71. He made three birdies and two bogeys during his round. Hemstock currently plays professionally on the PGA EuroPro Tour. 

Chris Wiatr, of Juno Beach, FL
Wiatr fired a 1-under par round of 71 at Hobe Sound Golf Club. He posted a 1-under par 35 on the front nine and an even par 36 on the back nine. That would prove to be enough to advance him to sectional qualifying. Wiatr is a 2015 graduate of the University of Connecticut where he played golf collegiately. He currently competes on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

Josh Hart, of Jupiter, FL
Hart secured the final spot in sectional qualifying firing an even par 72 round of golf. Hart played collegiate golf at Methodist University and graduated in 2007. He currently plays competitively on the Korn Ferry Tour where he has one top-10 finish this year at the Emerald Coast Classic at Sandestin. 

Bay Point Golf Club 

Henry Westmoreland, of Wacissa, FL - Medalist
Westmoreland earned medalist honors at Bay Point Golf Club carding four birdies and one eagle en route to a 6-under par round of 66. He shot 3-under par on both nines and did not make one bogey the entire day. Westmoreland is a 2018 graduate of the University of West Florida where he played golf collegiately. He currently competes on the PGA Tour Series-China.

Ben Reichert (a), of Buffalo, NY
Reichert shot a 5-under par round of 67 to advance to sectional qualifying. He carded three birdies on his opening nine and was able to follow up the back nine with a 2-under par 34. Reichert is currently a senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he had a 71.6 stroke average last season.

Calum Masters, of Dothan, AL
Masters posted a 4-under par round of 68 at Bay Point Golf Club. That would be enough to grab the final spot at sectional qualifying. He carded four birdies and no bogeys during his round. Masters is a recent 2020 graduate of the University of Georgia and is currently competing professionally on the Forme Tour.

Bear’s Paw Country Club

Connor Arendell, of Fort Myers, FL - Co-Medalist
Arendell captured co-medalist honors at Bear’s Paw Country Club firing a 7-under par round of 65. He played a mistake-free round of golf carding seven birdies and no bogeys to advance through local qualifying. The University of Central Florida alum is looking to qualify for his second U.S. Open appearance since the last one that was held at Pebble Beach in 2019.

Van Holmgren (a), of Plymouth, MN - Co-Medalist
Holmgren shot a 7-under par 65 to earn a share of medalist honors at Bear’s Paw Country Club. He started his round off hot carding a 5-under par 31 on the front nine and continued on the back posting a 2-under par 34. Holmgren is currently playing golf on the men’s team at Florida Gulf Coast University and will be competing in the NCAA Regional in a couple of weeks at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter.

Max Theodorakis, of Danbury, CT
Theodorakis was able to advance through local qualifying posting a 5-under par round of 67. He made five birdies and only one bogey during his round. Theodorakis is a 2020 graduate of Campbell University and currently plays professionally on the Forme Tour.

John Lento, of Paramus, NJ
Lento carded four birdies during his round of 68 to advance through local qualifying at Bear’s Paw Country Club. He had a stress free round golf with no bogeys on the scorecard. Lento plays professionally on the West Florida Golf Tour.

Matthew Paradis, of Hooksett, NH
Paradis earned the final spot in sectional qualifying shooting a 3-under par round of 69. He shot 1-under par on his opening nine and followed it up with a 2-under par 34 on the back nine. Paradis is a 2019 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University where he became the first All-American in program history.


Sunday, May 9
Shingle Creek Golf Club – Orlando
The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach – Ponte Vedra Beach
The Club at Weston Hills – Weston

Monday, May 17
Country Club of Winter Haven – Winter Haven


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