Four Players, Including Eugene's Sulman Raza, Qualify for 2018 U.S. Open
PORTLAND, Ore. – Four players – Lucas Herbert (Bendigo, Australia), Christopher Babcock (Shoreline, Wash.), Sulman Raza (Eugene, Ore.) and Michael Block (Mission Viejo, Calif.) – advanced to the 2018 U.S. Open Championship on Monday after U.S. Open sectional qualifying was held at Portland Golf Club in Portland, Ore.
The 36-hole qualifier featured 79 players competing for four qualifying spots into this year’s U.S. Open Championship.
Herbert, a professional from Australia, earned medalist honors after firing scores of 66-64 – 130 (-12). His round included 12 birdies, two eagles and just four bogies. Herbert is currently ranked No. 152 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) after strong finishes within the last year on the European Tour, Asian Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia.
Babcock earned medalist honors at last month’s U.S. Open local qualifier held at Riverside Golf & Country Club, also in Portland. He shot 68-65 – 133 (-9) to earn the second qualifying spot. Babcock, now professional, attended the University of Washington and graduated in 2016. He is now a professional playing on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada.
Raza attended the University of Oregon and helped the Ducks win the National Championship in 2016, winning his final match to earn the clinching point in match play. He turned in scores of 71-66 – 137 (-5). At one time in his second round, he birdied six of 12 holes to fight his way to 5-under par, where he remained. Raza is the 2015 Oregon Men’s Stroke Play champion, and was the medalist during stroke play at the 2016 Oregon Amateur Championship.
Block is the Head PGA Professional at Arroyo Trabucco Golf Course in Mission Viejo, Calif. He finished with scores of 69-68 – 137 (-5) to tie Raza for the final two qualifying spots. He won the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship, and has qualified for one other U.S. Open in his career, back in 2007. Block also played in the 2014 and 2016 PGA Championships.
After a playoff, Max Greyserman (Boca Raton, Fla.) earned first alternate honors, while Brett Lederer (Lakewood, Calif.) is the second alternate. Both players finished at 138 (-4) after 36 holes.
Monday’s sectional qualifier at Portland Golf Club was one of 12 held in the U.S., England and Japan. Eleven of those qualifiers, including the Portland sectional, were held on June 4th.
The 2018 U.S. Open Championship will take place June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.