Only one golfer with Utah ties qualified for next week's U.S. Open at sectional qualifying events on Monday.
Former BYU golfer Dean Wilson, a regular on the PGA Tour, was one of 23 golfers to qualify in the largest of the 15 qualifiers held around the United States and in Japan and England.
Wilson fired rounds of 69 and 68 to easily beat the qualifying number of 141 at the qualifier in Columbus, Ohio. University of Utah golf coach Randall McCracken was in that qualifier and finished with scores of 77 and 75. In another sectional in Columbus, former Ute golfer Ryan Ellis of South Jordan missed by 14 shots.
The closest of the Utah golfers was Nationwide Tour regular Daniel Summerhays, who missed by three shots in a qualifier near Chicago with scores of 75 and 69. One of the six golfers who did make it there was part-time Utah resident Mark O'Meara, who, at 51, plays on the Champions Tour.
Among the other golfers with Utah ties, Eduardo Herrera (BYU) missed by four shots in Florida, Dan Forsman (Provo) missed by six shots in Tennessee, Clay Bingham (Spanish Fork) and Ashdon Woods (University of Utah) both missed in Colorado, and Michael McRae (Park City) and Jake Ellison (BYU) were unsuccessful in Daly City, Calif.In all, 83 golfers were successful in sectional qualifying, joining the 72 already exempt golfers for the June 12-15 U.S. Open in San Diego. One of those exempt golfers is Utah resident Mike Weir, who was added Monday after moving back into the World Golf Rankings following his second-place finish at The Memorial tournament on Sunday.
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