PORTLAND, ORE. – A total of six players advanced to 2018 U.S. Open sectional qualifying on Monday, after U.S. Open local qualifying was held at Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland, Ore.
The qualifier featured a total of 94 players competing for six spots to June’s sectional qualifying. Participants, who were a mix of professionals and amateurs, played 18 holes on Monday.
Christopher Babcock (Shoreline, Wash.) earned medalist honors after firing a 4-under par 68 during Monday’s qualifier. Babcock is a former University of Washington golfer who now competes on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. Babcock’s round featured four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 10th hole, with bogeys on just two holes – both par 3’s.
Former University of Oregon star Sulman Raza (Eugene, Ore.) earned second place after shooting 3-under par 69, while Derek Baade (Vancouver, Wash.) finished in third place at 2-under par (70). Baade is a former collegiate golfer at New Mexico State University.
The final three qualifying spots came down to eight players who all shot 1-under par 71: David Bradshaw (Harpers Ferry, W.V.); Chad Fribley (Tualatin, Ore.); Jerrel Grow (Bend, Ore.); Jesse Heinly (Bend, Ore.); Charlie Kern (Blufton, S.C.); Alex Plusquellec (Sherwood, Ore.); Jonathan Romano (Vancouver, Wash.), and Adam Ruben (Lake Oswego, Ore.).
It was a quick determination as to who was earning a spot in next month’s sectional qualifier. Bradshaw, Heinly and Kern all birdied the first hole to claim the final three qualifying spots.
Bradshaw currently plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica, while Heinly played golf collegiately at Concordia University – Portland. Heinly is an OGA veteran who recently turned professional. Kern went to high school in Mercer Island, Wash. and is a former Washington State Men’s Amateur champion and student athlete at the College of William & Mary.
After a seven-hole marathon, Ruben earned first-alternate status. Fribley is the second alternate.
The 2018 U.S. Open Championship will be held June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
The USGA accepted a total of 9,049 entries for the 2018 U.S. Open Championship. The entries came from golfers in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and 80 foreign countries.
To be eligible, golfers must either be a professional, or be an amateur with a Handicap Index of 1.4 or less.
Local qualifying, which is played over 18 holes at 111 sites in the United States, and one in Canada, is taking place between April 3-May 17. Sectional qualifying will be contested over 36 holes and held in England and at 10 sites throughout the U.S. on Monday, June 4, as well as on May 21 in Japan.