Follow the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying action live!
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. -- Two current Wildcats are playing in "Golf's Longest Day" Monday for a chance to qualify for the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.
Junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) is part of the monster field at the Brookside Golf & Country Club and The Lakes Golf & Country Club Sectional in Columbus, Ohio, while sophomore Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) is playing at the smaller Springfield Country Club Sectional in Springfield, Ohio.
U.S. Open Sectional qualifying is comprised of 36 holes Monday at 11 different domestic sites around the United States, with the number of available slots in the U.S. Open determined by field size. In Springfield, Negri is after one of two qualifying berths while Perry is battling for one of 15. The Columbus Sectional is annually the biggest and toughest, attracting PGA TOUR players coming off The Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.
Several former Wildcats also are participating in Sectional action today, including 2006 Big Ten Champion and former PGA TOUR member Chris Wilson
, who yesterday tweeted a pictured
of his "old school" Northwestern bag he is using in Columbus.
Follow the action live at the official U.S. Open website.
Perry and Negri both advanced to this point through U.S. Open local qualifying, moving on through the May 6 Northmoor Country Club site in Highland Park, Ill. Perry qualified for today's Sectional action via a 68 that tied him for second while Negri shot a 69 to tie for fifth before he triumphed in a two-man playoff for the final qualification spot available at Northmoor.
Both Perry and Negri birdied the final hole, Perry to avoid a playoff and Negri to get himself into it. In that playoff, Negri went for the green in two after a great drive on a par-5, but his shot found the water. Still, he was able to drain a 12-footer for par to halve the hole. He then birdied the next hole, a par-3, to move on.
Northmoor was one of 111 local qualifying sites around the country with action that began May 3 and ended May 16.
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