May 18, 2017
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. – Eric Dietrich, a 2016-17 comparison co-captain of a UConn men’s golf team, has done it over a initial formidable jump toward competing for a U.S. Open Championship.
Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.), was one of usually 5 golfers out of a margin of 79 to allege out of a U.S. Open internal subordinate contest hold during Wintonbury Hills Golf Course in Bloomfield. The 5 will pierce on to a sectional qualifier on Jun 5 during Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J., one of 12 sectional qualifiers opposite a U.S., England, and Japan. The tip finishers in a sectionals allege to a 117th U.S. Open Championship, scheduled for Jun 12-18 during Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.
Dietrich dismissed a 2-under standard 68 during Wintonbury, good adequate to be partial of a six-way tie for third place behind leaders Jeffrey Evanier (-4) and Adam Rainaud (-3). The 6 who tied for third – Dietrich, Evan Russell, Cody Paladino, Jordan Gossler, Kevin Riley and Brent Paladino – entered a playoff for a 3 open spots.
Dietrich, Russell, and Cody Paladino any parred a initial playoff hole, a par-4 10th hole, and were awarded a sectional berths when a other 3 bogeyed.
Others competing in a internal qualifier with UConn ties enclosed former co-captain Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.), rising youth Blake Kelley (Manchester, Conn.), and rising youth Nick Harrington (Chaplin, Conn.).
Dietrich, who graduated from UConn dual weeks ago, has been a plain performer for a Huskies via his four-year career, with dual first-place finishes, 12 finishes in a Top 10 and 17 finishes in a Top 20. This season, he averaged 72.5 per round, with 12 rounds of standard or better, including dual season-low rounds of 66.
Dietrich is a two-time All-American Conference pick, has also been named to a PING All-Northeast Regional and All-New England Teams, and competent for a 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Before a Open Sectional, Dietrich skeleton to play in subsequent week’s Conn. State Golf Association Russell C. Palmer Cup in Waterbury, in that he finished fifth final year, and afterwards will group with UConn teammate Jimmy Hervol (Hopkinton, Mass.) in a U.S. Amateur Four-Ball on May 27-31 during Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina.
Dietrich has already competent for a PGA MacKenzie Tour-Canada and skeleton on branch pro and creation his pro entrance on a debate in early June.