BEND, ORE. – Six players advanced to 2017 U.S. Open sectional qualifying after finishing in the top six in U.S. Open local qualifying, held Tuesday, May 9 at Pronghorn Resort – Nicklaus Course in Bend, Ore.
Zach Foushee (West Linn, Ore.) earned medalist honors after firing a 4-under par 68. Foushee shot 5-under 31 on the back nine, carding five birdies and no bogies during the final nine holes. Foushee, a former University of Oregon Men’s Golf Team member, recently turned professional and earned Mackenzie Tour status.
The other five players to advance to U.S. Open sectional qualifying are: Riley Elmes (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Arthur Kim (Tigard, Ore.), Daniel Miernicki (Santee, Calif.), Charlie Kern (Mercer Island, Wash.) and Brian Humphreys (Washougal, Wash.).
Elmes, Kim and Miernicki all tied for second after each fired a 3-under par 69 on Tuesday. Elmes is a former Oregon Junior Amateur and OGA Tournament of Champions winner who currently plays collegiate golf at Loyola Marymount University. Kim is a former UNLV golfer who recently won the 2017 OGA Tournament of Champions earlier this spring. Miernicki is a professional who plays on the Web.com Tour and played collegiately at the University of Oregon.
Kern and Humphreys tied for the final two qualifying spots, both shooting 2-under par 70. Kern is a former collegiate golfer at The College of William & Mary, who is also a prior Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) Player of the Year. Humphreys, runner-up in last year’s Oregon Amateur Championship, is a freshman at Boise State University. He recently earned the individual title at the Mountain West Conference tournament, becoming the first freshman to ever win the event.
William Snow (Vancouver, Wash.) is the first alternate, while Edwin Yi (Los Angeles, Calif.) earned second alternate honors.