KENT, Wash. – (May 7) Seattle University’s Zack Overstreet shot a four-under-par 68 at the U.S. Open Local Qualifier in Kent, Wash. Monday, and finished in second place among 102 golfers to advance to one of the 12 sectionals in the last stage before the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills June 14-17.
Overstreet, a sophomore from Issaquah, Wash., was one of thousands of hopeful golfers participating in one of the 112 local qualifiers around the country and Canada. In this local qualifier at the Meridian Valley Country Club, only the top six golfers advanced to the next round.
Overstreet had a terrific round to finish in second. He eagled the par-4 second hole, and then birdied the fourth and fifth hole back-to-back. In the back nine, he birdied the 10th and 14th hole to finish the day at four-under-par 68.
“Proud of Zack,” Seattle U head coach Marc Chandonnet said. “I knew he was due to start playing well. He’s patient, doesn’t beat himself up too bad and is always learning.”
Overstreet will now move on to play in one of the 12 sectionals—10 in the US, one in Japan and one in England. He will be playing 36 holes in one day at the Portland Golf Club on June 4. Once the sectionals’ pool is all set, the number of qualifying golfers will be determined by the size and strength of the field.
"After struggling for most of our spring season,it's encouraging to see results finally showing in competition," Overstreet said. "The U.S. Open is a tournament every golfer dreams of playing in, so having even a shot at getting there is all I can ask for."
The golfers to advance from the sectionals will play in the 118th U.S. Open Championship at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. June 11-17.
Overstreet wasn't the only one competing for the Redhawks. Gabe Spach had a strong front nine, but missed the cut after finishing two-over. Joe Harvie and Jamie Hall finished at even par, Patrick Sato and incoming freshman Nathan Cogswell shot one-over and Michael Almonte finished seven-over.