Six more Australasians through US Open qualifying
BY iseekgolf.com | US PGA Tour | 2005 US Open | General | 26 May 2005
A further six Australasians have made it through local qualifying for the US Open and move on to join Nick Flanagan at Sectional Qualifying next month.
Australians Aron Price, Ben Ferguson, Ben Meyers and Christian Hills and New Zealander’s Steven Alker and Phil Luong all made it through the gruelling first stage of local qualifying, to join the group of 550 players to qualify from first stage.
Both Alker and Ferguson finished at the top of their fields. Alker shot a 71 to tie for first place with American Eric Briggs at the Colonial Country Club in Memphis Tennessee, while Ferguson carded a 71 to finish in outright first place at the Brookfield Country Club in Buffalo, New York.
Alker, from Hamilton, New Zealand was a member of the US TOUR in 2003 and is currently playing on the Nationwide Tour, with his best finish this year T7th at the Bellsouth Panama Championship. Alker has six international victories to his name including the 1995 Fiji Open, 1996 Tahiti Open, 1996 Queensland Open, 1997 South Australian Open, 2000 McDonald’s PEI Challenge (Canadian Tour ) and the Bayer Championship (Canadian Tour).
Sydney born, American-based amateur Aron Price finished tied for 3rd at the Planterra Ridge Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. 22-year-old Price was the 2003/2004 Western Amateur winner. New Zealand amateur Phil Leung also finished tied for third at the Newport Beach Country Club in California, as did Australian Ben Meyers at the Minnesota Valley Country Club, Bloomington, Minnesota.
Christian Hills finished outright third at the Tucson Country Club in Tucson, Arizona.
Earlier this month, Nick Flanagan finished first in his field at local qualifying for the US Open at the River Landing Golf Club in Wallace, North Carolina.
A record 9,048 players filed entries for this years championship. A total of 550 will advance to Sectional Qualifying where they’ll join some 294 other golfers at 14 different sites in hopes of garnering a special spot in the 156-player field. In 2004, 35 players made it through both stages of qualifying to reach Shinnecock Hills.
The 2005 US Open, the second major for the year, will be held from June 13-19, at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, North Carolina.
Source – PGA Tour
Photo – Anthony Powter