2018 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Comes to Portland Golf Club
PORTLAND, Ore. – A talented field of golfers will play in 2018 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying on Monday, June 4th, at Portland Golf Club in Portland, Ore. This is the last step of qualifying before the 2018 U.S. Open Championship, taking place June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
First round tee times will begin at 8 AM on Monday, and run until 10:10 AM. Second round groups will begin play at 1 PM and go until 3:10 PM.
Sectional qualifying is conducted over 36 holes. The final size of the field for each qualifier, along with the final number of available qualifying spots, will be announced on Monday, June 4th.
Notable local players, both amateur and professional, include:
- Sulman Raza (Eugene, Ore.): Raza, a former star on the University of Oregon Men’s Golf Team, will be attempting to qualify for his first U.S. Open Championship. He’s the winner of the 2015 Oregon Men’s Stroke Play Championship, and earned medalist honors during stroke play at the 2016 Oregon Amateur Championship. Raza helped the Ducks win the National Championship back in 2016.
- Dylan Wu (Evanston, Ill.): Wu is from Medford, Ore., and just wrapped up his senior season playing for the Northwestern Men’s Golf Team. He finished in third place individually at this year’s Big Ten Championship, and was a second-team All-American in 2017. Wu finished runner-up at the 2015 Oregon Amateur Championship.
- Derek Baade (Vancouver, Wash.): Baade qualified for sectional qualifying at the local qualifier held earlier in May at Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland. An OGA Member from Royal Oaks Country Club, Baade played college golf at New Mexico State University, and is originally from Saint Joseph, Mo.
- Jesse Heinly (Bend, Ore.): Heinly, now professional, is a former collegiate golfer at Concordia University – Portland and Xavier University in Cincinnati. He was an OGA standout throughout his amateur career, representing the OGA at the Morse Cup, advancing to the semifinals of the 2012 Oregon Amateur and finishing second at the 2011 Oregon Men’s Stroke Play Championship.
- Nick Sherwood (Albany, Ore.): Sherwood is a former Oregon State golfer who is now professional. In 2012, Sherwood qualified for the U.S. Open through sectional qualifying as a junior at OSU. He’s played on numerous professional tours, including the Mackenzie Tour in Canada, the Asian Tour and most recently, PGA Tour Latinoamémerica.
- Damian Telles (The Dalles, Ore.): Telles, a professional, played his college golf at the University of Idaho. He’s won on the Dakotas Tour and has also played on the Mackenzie Tour. In 2004, Telles was the youngest competitor to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur at age 13, and also qualified for the championship in 2005 and 2008. Telles won the OGA Tournament of Champions back in 2010.
Other player storylines from Monday’s field at Portland Golf Club include:
- Mike Weir (Canada / Sandy, Utah): Eight-time champion on the PGA Tour, including the 2003 Masters and 2001 Tour Championship.
- Charlie Beljan (Mesa, Ariz.): Three U.S. Open appearances, including a T18 finish at the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Won the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur.
- Chandler Blanchet (Gainesville, Fla.): Led the University of West Florida to the 2018 NCAA South/Southeast Regional title. First-team All-American from 2016-18, and 2017 NCAA Division II individual champion.
- Gipper Finau (St. George, Utah): Younger brother of PGA Tour player Tony Finau. Turned professional before his senior year of high school, and made the cut in a Web.com event at age 16.
- Jack Newman (Clearwater, Fla.): The 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion. Three-time All-Big Ten Conference selection at Michigan State University.
- Jordan Niebrugge (Mequon, Wis.): Winner of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links and member of the 2013 and 2015 USA Walker Cup Teams. One of five players to make the 36-hole cut in last year’s U.S. Open after qualifying through both the local and sectional stages.
- Hunter Stewart (Lexington, Ky.): The 2015 SEC Player of the Year at Vanderbilt University. He recorded five top-10 finishes on PGA Tour Canada in 2017, and a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team.