Ansley Golf Club’s Settindown Creek hosted a U.S. Open Sectional qualifier June 2, with former Augusta State star Henrik Norlander claiming medalist honors.
Norlander, who played on the PGA Tour last year and is a Web.com Tour member, shot 70-70-140 Smylie Kaufman, who recently completed his college career at LSU, was the second qualifier for the U.S. Open with scores of 67-75–142. Nprlander was one of the top two players along with Patrick Reed on Augusta State’s back-to-back national championship teams in 2011 and ’12.
Virginia Tech golfer Trevor Cone was first alternate at 143, with tour player Michael Hebert, a recent member of the Auburn golf team, second alternate at 144. Dunwoody pro Dan Woltman was fifth at 145 and UGA golfer Mookie DeMoss of Duluth was sixth at 146.
Also qualifying for the U.S. Open at other qualifying sites were former UGA golfers and current PGA Tour members Hudson Swafford, Kevin Kisner and Erik Compton. Swafford was medalist in one of the two qualifiers with large numbers of tour players, with Kisner tying for second behind Swafford in Memphis.
Compton won a playoff for the last spot from the other qualifier with numerous tour players, edging out ex-Georgia Tech’ golfer and PGA Tour member Cameron Tringale in Columbus. Ohio. Tringale is first alternate and may get into the U.S Open.
Former Georgia Southern golfer Aron Price, who is playing on the Web.com Tour this year, got the last of four qualifying spots from Vero Beach, Fla.
Most of the PGA Tour players competing in the qualifier played in either Columbus after the Memorial or in Memphis prior to the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Among those qualifying in Columbus were Justin Leonard, Seung-yul Noh, Justin Thomas, Bo Van Pelt, Mark Wilson, Paul Casey, Luke Guthrie, Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley and Ken Duke.
Qualifiers in Memphis included J.B. Holmes, David Toms and Jeff Maggert.