Stevens shoots 5-under to lead local U.S. Open qualifier at Oak Tree CC

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By Sam Humphreys

Former Oklahoma State golfer Sam Stevens shot a 5-under 65 to lead local U.S. Open qualifying at Oak Tree Country Club (East Course) Monday.

Current Cowboy Brian Stark also earned one of the four spots available to move on to sectional qualifying, shooting a 68 to finish a shot behind Mac Murphy of Decatur, Ala. The fourth spot went to Benjamin McCaslin of Dallas, who won a playoff against former Cowboy Zach Bauchou of Stillwater and current University of Oklahoma golfer Garett Reband. All shot 1-under 69. Bauchou is first alternate and Reband second alternate.

Stevens called his round “stress free.” He played his first nine holes in 1-under, then notched four birdies on the back nine to secure his spot in U.S. Open Sectionals.

“The northeast wind made the East Course play harder than it normally does.” said Stevens.

Playing in the same group with Stark, both limited their mistakes and grabbed two of the four qualifying spots up for grabs.

Stevens is from a royal golf family in Wichita where his dad and grandfather were both playing legends, but he is also well known in Oklahoma from the many Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour events in which he competed before signing with OSU. Unlike famous teammates Matthew Wolf and Viktor Hovland, he didn’t move straight to the PGA Tour, but he did dominate the All Pro Tour in 2020, winning three times, taking second once and pocketing over $100,000 in 10 events.

Stevens spent a short time living in Fort Worth, Texas, but after he and his wife had their second child has since moved back to Wichita. He has four events reamining to play on the Latin America Tour this spring after which he will attempt to earn Korn Ferry Tour status through Monday qualifying. The lack of a qualifying school in 2020 due to the pandemic hurt Stevens, as he was playing exceptionally well last summer and fall.

Stevens hopes to draw Dallas as his site for sectional qualifying and also plans on playing in the Byron Nelson Monday qualifier as well. If he is not in the Byron Nelson, you will be able to catch him in action in Oklahoma in the coming weeks in Shawnee at the APT event.

Brendon Jelley, who was Sevens’ teammate at OSU, also advanced by tying for the lead in a local qualifier at Amarillo Country Club on April 29. You can see all local qualifying results here.

Round 1 (Mon, May 3)

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Pos.PlayerTo ParFinal TotalDetails
1

Samuel Stevens

Eastborough, KS
-565Qualified
2

Mac Murphy (a)

Decatur, AL
-367Qualified
3

Brian Stark (a)

Kingsburg, CA
-268Qualified
4-169Qualified
The following players did not make the cut
CUT

Zach Bauchou

Stillwater, OK
-1691st Alternate
CUT-1692nd Alternate
CUT

Blake Trimble

Oklahoma City, OK
E70
CUTE70
CUT

Ferdinand Mueller (a)

Stillwater, OK
E70
CUT

Logan McCracken

Oklahoma City, OK
E70
CUTE70
CUTE70
CUT+171
CUT

James Swash (a)

Middlesbrough, EG
+171
CUT

Jeff Burton

Scottsdale, AZ
+171
CUT

Cary Cozby

Tulsa, OK
+272
CUT+272
CUT

Alejandro Armijo (a)

Rio Rancho, NM
+272
CUT+272
CUT

Matt Mabrey

Sand Springs, OK
+373
CUT

Trevor Norby (a)

Sulphur Springs, TX
+373
CUT+373
CUT

Reece Blair

Ardmore, OK
+474
CUT+474
CUT

Troy Watson (a)

Coffeyville, KS
+474
CUT

Daniel Vojta

Buena Park, CA
+474
CUT

Brad Dalke

Edmond, OK
+474
CUT

Trent Whitekiller

Sallisaw, OK
+474
CUT

Andrew Lehman

Bartlesville, OK
+474
CUT

Jacob Lackey (a)

McPherson, KS
+474
CUT+474
CUT

Rocky Walcher

Oklahoma City, OK
+575
CUT

Blake Jackson

Edmond, OK
+575
CUT+575
CUT

Andrew Green

Oklahoma City, OK
+676
CUT

Hazen Newman (a)

Las Vegas, NV
+676
CUT

Rob Laird (a)

Tulsa, TX
+676
CUT+777
CUT

Scott Newell

Katy, TX
+777
CUT

Taylor Williams

Chickasha, OK
+777
CUT

Jonathan Moore

Stillwater, OK
+777
CUT+777
CUT

JR Hurley (a)

Norman, OK
+777
CUT

Justin Birdsill (a)

Broken Arrow, OK
+878
CUT

Patrick Vahabzadegan (a)

Oklahoma City, OK
+878
CUT

Todd Rossetti

Garland, TX
+878
CUT

Andrew Lane (a)

Weatherford, TX
+979
CUT

Cooper Barrick (a)

Oklahoma City, OK
+979
CUT

Eric Sutherland (a)

Southlake, TX
+1080
CUT+1080
CUT+1080
CUT

Brooks Levonitis (a)

Oklahoma City, OK
+1080
CUT+1080
CUT+1080
CUT

Liam Coughlin (a)

Kansas City, MO
+1080
CUT

Aaron Simpson (a)

Comanche, OK
+1181
CUT

Brandon Grace

Mansfield, TX
+1181
CUT

Clint Colbert

Guthrie, OK
+1181
CUT

Adam Goodwin

Edmond, OK
+1181
CUT

Jett Johnson

Edmond, OK
+1181
CUT+1181
CUT

Josh Bernard

Bixby, OK
+1282
CUT+1282
CUT

Trey Rowe (a)

Argyle, TX
+1282
CUT

Michael Senn III (a)

Bentonville, AR
+1383
CUT

Logan Marshall (a)

Oklahoma City, OK
+1484
CUT+1686
CUT

Carson Parker

Edmond, OK
+1787
CUT+1787
CUT

Dylan Allen (a)

Oklahoma City, OK
+1888
WDWD
WD

Taggart Ridings

Keller, TX
WD
DQ

Zach Tucker

Oklahoma City, OK
DQ

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