Four Punch Tickets to Pinehurst
Daniel Berger, Nicholas Lindheim, Andrew Echavarria, and Aron Price all braved windy conditions with gusts up to 30 mph to advance to the 114th U.S. Open Championship. The sectional qualifying event was conducted by the Florida State Golf Association at Quail Valley Golf Club, in Vero Beach, on Monday, June 2.
Daniel Berger, 21, of Jupiter, earned medalist honors after rounds of 66-68--134. Berger, who is currently a rookie on the Web.com Tour, had a solid first round making five birdies and an eagle to go along with one bogey en route to his round of six-under par 66. Berger continued his stellar play in the final round posting a round of four-under par 68. Berger stated “I did not miss too many shots out there today, I was able to flight the ball really well which was key in these windy conditions. Late in 2013, Berger earned medalist honors at Q-School for the Web.com Tour which was also played at Quail Valley Golf Club. This will be Berger’s first trip to the U.S. Open Championship.
Nicholas Lindheim, 29, of Satellite Beach, qualified for his first U.S. Open Championship after rounds of 66-71 for a tournament total of seven-under par 137. Lindheim, who is a member of the Web.com Tour, would make an impressive seven birdies to go along with one bogey for his round of 66. Lindheim would continue his steady play in the afternoon posting one-under par, and punch his ticket to Pinehurst. Lindheim stated “I really felt the nerves coming down the stretch, but my familiarity with the course helped me out tremendously.”
Andres Echavarria, 26, of Colombia, fired a first round of two-under par 70 to sit in prime position heading into the final 18-holes of play. After turning in one-under par 35 in second round, Echavarria would play his final nine holes in even par, which included a key up and down on the final hole to clinch his first U.S. Open Championship berth. Echavarria, is also a member of the Web.ComTour, posted a tournament total of three-under par 141. Echavarria stated “My short game was spot on today, I haven’t chipped and putted this well in a long time, and I really needed that out here today.”
Aron Price, 32, of Australia, earned the fourth and final spot after rounds of 71-71. Price will also be playing in his first major Championship. Price opening round of 71 included four birdies and three bogies. Price continued his steady play in the afternoon carding two birdies and one bogey including a clutch two putt par on the difficult 18th hole to earn his way to Pinehurst. Sam Horsfield, of England, was the first alternate, and Sebastian Maclean, of Boliva was the second alternate. Thomas Stankowski provided the shot of the day holing out for an eagle on the par-4 18th hole using a 5-iron from 188 yards.
The United States Open Championship will be conducted at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., on June 12-15.