June 1, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Five current or former Wildcats will take part in "Golf's Longest Day" Monday, June 4, when they compete in 36-hole U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in an attempt to earn a berth in the 2012 U.S Open Championship at Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.
Current Northwestern senior Sam Chien (San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel) and sophomore Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) will play at the Village Links of Glen Ellyn in Glen Ellyn, Ill. 2012 Asian Tour winner and 2011 NU graduate David Lipsky will attempt to qualify out of the Scioto CC/Ohio State University Scarley Course sectional alongside NU classmate Ravi Patel.
Perry tees off at 7:16 a.m. CT Monday morning at Glen Ellyn alongside Illinois head coach Mike Small; Chien's opening round begins at 8:04 a.m. CT. In Ohio -- a site chock full of Tour players coming off the PGA TOUR's Memorial Tournament at nearby Muirfield Village -- Lipsky tees off at 7:40 a.m. ET from No. 10 at Scioto CC. Patel goes off at 8 a.m. ET from No. 10 at the Scarlet Course.
In addition, 2006 Northwestern graduate and 2012 Golfweek
National Pro Tour winner Dillon Dougherty
, who competed in the 2006 Masters and U.S. Open as the 2005 U.S. Amateur runner-up, will make his sectional qualifying attempt at the Lake Merced GC/TPC at Harding Park site in Daly City, Calif. Dougherty's day starts at 7:09 a.m. PT on the first tee at TPC Harding Park.
A set number of the top finishers at each of 11 sectional qualifying sites in the United States along with the top performers at two international sectionals that already have been completed earn berths in the U.S. Open field. Should any Wildcats advance, they will join 2001 Northwestern graduate and current World No. 1 Luke Donald in San Francisco.
Golf Channel is providing a full day's coverage of the 11 United States sectional sites on Monday while Golfweek has a great sectional website that also includes the results from all of the U.S. Open local qualifying tournaments.
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