Former TU golfers shine in U.S. Open qualifying at Gaillardia

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A pair of former University of Tulsa golfers battled cool temperatures, high winds, rain and a difficult 7,255-yard layout to be among the five golfers to advance through the U.S. Open Local Qualifier Thursday at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City.

Former TU golfer Rob Laird, now a member of Cedar Ridge Country Club, and current University of Oklahoma golfer Garett Reband each shot 2-under 70 to lead the talented field.

Martin Maritz of Broken Arrow, also an alum of the now defunct Tulsa program, shot 71 to earn a spot. The other two spots went to former Big 12 champion Stratton Nolen of Austin, Texas, who won the 2016 title for Oklahoma State, and Cody Burrows of Oral Roberts and Chickasha, who survived a six-hole playoff with Logan McCracken of Oklahoma City, another ex-TU player and a golfer coming off two consecutive victories on the All Pro Tour.

Burrows, the Summit League Player of the Year, made a 30-foot putt for par on the fifth playoff hole, then finally won when McCracken three-putted the sixth hole. Nolen had made birdie early in the playoff. All three shot even-par 72. McCracken will be the first alternate, and Draegen Majors, who shot 73, is the second alternate.

Among the big names who did not advance was Oklahoma State star Matthew Wolff, who shot 73, and teammate Hayden Wood, 76. OSU golfer Ferdinand Mueller was even par through 15 holes when he had to leave to catch a flight to Germany.

US Open First Stage Qualifying
May 9, 2019
Gaillardia Country Club
Final Results

Laird, Rob, Tulsa, OK – 70
Reband, Garett, York, SC – 70
Maritz, Martin, Broken Arrow, OK – 71
Burrows, Cody, Chickasha, OK – 72
Nolen, Stratton, Austin, TX – 72
McCracken, Logan, Oklahoma City, OK – 72 (1st Alternate)
Majors, Draegen, Dallas, TX – 73 (2nd Alternate)
———–Failed to Qualify—————
Wolff, Matthew, Agoura Hills, CA – 73
Wyatt, Andrew, Midland, TX – 73
Idstam, Stefan, Mariefred, – 74
Johnson, Mark, Tulsa, OK – 74
Romero, Sean, Texarkana, AR – 74
Sparks, Hunter, Edmond, OK – 74
Fleming, Tim, Oklahoma City, OK – 75
Franco, Derek, Oklahoma City, OK – 75
Mabrey, Matt, Sand Springs, OK – 75
Cassity, Trey, Katy, TX – 76
Lindsey, Chase, Moore, OK – 76
Seals, Carson, Ardmore, OK – 76
Wood, Hayden, Edmond, OK – 76
Majidizadeh, Navid, Tulsa, OK – 77
Metzger, Andre, Scottsdale, AZ – 77
Ogle, Jackson, Edmond, OK – 77
Bugdalski, Jackson, Kings Langley, – 78
Hannah, Austin, Jenks, OK – 78
Jones, Grayson, Texarkana, AR – 79
Lawson, Brandon, Carrollton, TX – 79
Rust, Dillon, Edmond, OK – 79
Birdsill, Justin, Broken Arrow, OK – 80
Dorsey, Drew, Edmond, OK – 80
Golden, Brad, Oklahoma City, OK – 80
Wilkins, Buddy, Oklahoma City, OK – 80
Levonitis, Brooksie, Oklahoma City, OK – 81
Smith, Ethan, Oklahoma City, OK – 81
Smith, Jay, Edmond, OK – 81
Corbin, Jacob, Oklahoma City, CA – 82
Mitchell, Reuben, Broken Arrow, OK – 82
Montgomery, Joshua, Ancaster, ON – 82
Wilson, Michael, Moore, OK – 82
Onley, Taylor, Longmont, CO – 83
Thompson, Sully, Arlington, TX – 83
Bernard, Joshua, Bixby, OK – 84
Bryan, Phillip, Mustang, OK – 84
Strathe, Brandon, Owasso, OK – 84
Turner, Ransen, Edmond, OK – 84
Sharp, Kevan, Fayetteville, AR – 85
Nard, Justin, Oklahoma City, OK – 86
Thomas, Garrett, Edmond, OK – 86
Barrick, Justin, Kingfisher, OK – 87
Green, Andrew, Oklahoma City, OK – 87
Nard, Gary, Moore, OK – 87
Schuessler, Eric, Stillwater, OK – 87
Stukey, Tyler, Cushing, OK – 87
Charlson, Matt, Edmond, OK – 88
Fixley, Tyler, Oklahoma City, OK – 88
Watts, Darren, Oklahoma City, OK – 89
Davis, Austin, Moore, OK – 90
Miller, Jerry, Reno, NV – 90
Herlihy, Collin, Edmond, OK – 92
Buwick, Hunter, Fayetteville, AR – 93
Despain, Dane, Irving, TX – 99
Warden, Brice, Fairhope, AL – 100
Barrick, Cooper, Oklahoma City, OK – WD
Birchell, Brian, Broken Arrow, OK – WD
Botkin, Chase, Oklahoma City, OK – WD
Collier, Clark, Dallas, TX – WD
Earls, Trevor, Yukon, OK – WD
Hale, Corey, Edmond, OK – WD
Ham, Curry, Oklahoma City, OK – WD
Hudelson, Kyle, Edmond, OK – WD
Ingles, Jimmy, Fort Worth, TX – WD
Luna, Manny, Westworth Village, TX – WD
Meyers, AJ, McKinney, TX – WD
Mueller, Ferdinand, Stillwater, OK – WD
Sides, William, Tulsa, OK – WD
Teague, Greg, Oklahoma City, OK – WD
Trimble, Blake D., Houston, TX – WD
Walcher, Rocky, Oklahoma City, OK – WD
Welch, Patrick, Providence, RI – WD


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