Gotterup, Lorenz, Stevens earn spots in U.S. Open field

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Chris Gotterup bounced back from a disappointing finish to his college career by winning the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier Monday at Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. Gotterup shot rounds of 67-70 to finish at 3-under and earn one of five spots available at that qualifier.

The University of Oklahoma senior had an outstanding season including recently winning the Haskins Award as the nation’s top collegian. But he missed several short putts down the stretch of the 72 holes of stroke play at the NCAA Championship that cost him the individual title, then was soundly defeated by Arizona State freshman Preston Summerhays 7 and 5 as OU lost 3-2 in the first round of match play.

OU coach Ryan Hybl was not surprised to see Gotterup respond and thinks he could be a factor in the U.S. Open June 16-19 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

“I think he can make some noise there,” Hybl said. “He’s long, he can muscle it out of the rough. He can do some things other people there can’t do. I think just from a physical standpoint he’ll be better than 1/2 the field there.”

Hybl was also thrilled that another Sooner, Ben Lorenz, earned a spot in the field late Monday in the final qualifier to finish up, taking the third of three spots at the Proghorn Resort in Proghorn, Ore. Lorenz shot rounds of 71-67 to take third at 6-under.

Their All-America teammate Logan McAllister competed at the Century Club with Gotterup but did not qualify. McAllister will begin competing next week on the Korn Ferry Tour, for which he earned a summer long exemption after finishing in the top five on the PGA Tour University points race.

Gotterup finished just outside the top five and will instead try to use his U.S. Open spot and exemptions into The Canadian Open this week, The Hartford and the John Deere Classic to play his way onto the PGA Tour or at least earn enough points to make it to the finals of Korn Ferry Tour qualifying.

Former Oklahoma State golfer Sam Stevens tied for fifth at the qualifier in Springfield, Ohio, to earn a spot in the field. Among those who didn’t get through at that qualifier were Chickasha native Robert Streb, Quade Cummins of Weatherford and current Sooner Andrew Goodman of Norman.

Hayden Wood of Edmond and Thomas Johnson of Norman did not make it through the other big Ohio qualilfier at Kinsale Golf Club in Columbus. Other players with state ties who did not advance in various qualifiers were Peter Uihlein, Kristoffer Ventura, Brad Dalke, Kevin Tway, Brian Stark, Josh Creel, Max McGreevy, Taylor Moore, Brendon Jelley, Bo Jin and Matthew Wolff.


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