US Open sectionals: ’16 US Mid-Am champ Stewart Hagestad among qualifiers in NJ

Here is a summation of a U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Summit, N.J. For finish coverage of all U.S. Open sectionals, click here.

SUMMIT, N.J. – Cameron Wilson of Rowayton, Conn., and Scotland’s Calum Hill finished during 7 underneath and were a co-medalists during a U.S. Open sectional qualifier Monday during Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J.

They will contest subsequent week during Shinnecock Hills, along with Stewart Hagestad and Mike Miller, who any finished during 6 under, and Theo Humphrey, who degraded Mark Hoffman in a playoff to acquire a final subordinate spot.

Wilson, 25, a former All-American during Stanford who won a 2014 NCAA particular title, shot 69 in a morning on a North Course and 66 on a South after lunch. It was a sixth time Wilson had played a sectional qualifier. He done it by and played in a 2012 U.S. Open during The Olympic Club, where he played a use spin with Tiger Woods on Tuesday and afterwards played with Oregon conduct manager and former Stanford actor Casey Martin in a initial dual rounds of a tournament.

“I’m unapproachable of a approach we played today,” Wilson said, watchful for a final groups to finish their afternoon round. “I have not played a lot lately, so to play as good as we have and put adult a scores that we put adult today, on not-so-push-over golf courses opposite a rival field. … I’m flattering unapproachable of that.”

While Wilson is a maestro of this venue and process, Hill is a newcomer. The Scot played 4 years of college golf during Division II Western New Mexico University in Silver City, N.M., and was a partner manager of a men’s golf group for a final dual seasons. In his usually other try to validate for a U.S. Open, he done double spook on a final hole of internal subordinate to skip advancing to a sectional theatre by dual shots.

“I consider we got a good tee time, honestly,” Hill said. “Being a final out this morning and starting on a South Course was nice. Mud balls done it hard. There weren’t too many of them, though on occasion, there was sand on a ball. we also had a small difficulty with a speed of a greens on a South, so we kept outstanding them by. we also missed a few brief birdie putts.”

Hill birdied a initial hole on a North Course in a afternoon, afterwards recovered from a three-putt spook on a second hole with birdies on Nos. 4-6. On a final hole, a 600-yard par-5, he done a 25-foot birdie putt to tie Wilson during 7 under.

Hagestad, who won a 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur and competed in a 2017 Masters, U.S. Open and Walker Cup, started solemnly on a North Course in chilly, soppy conditions, creation a spin in 2 over. But 5 birdies on his second 9 of a morning left him at  2 under. Hagestad afterwards done 11 pars to start his second spin before carding 4 birdies over his final 8 holes to swell to 6 under.

“I remember final year, removing prepared for a Masters and being like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m personification in a Masters in a week,’ It’s insane, like it wasn’t real, though after that experience, removing prepared for a U.S. Open was a small easier,” Hagestad said. “This time around, going by a internal subordinate routine and going by sectionals it was a small easier since we knew what to design and what your physique is going to feel like.”

Miller, from Brewster, N.Y., shot 66 on a South Course and 70 in a afternoon on a North to also validate during 6 under. Miller played in a U.S. Open during Oakmont in 2016 after subordinate during Canoe Brook. Regardless of how he fares during Shinnecock, Miller sees subordinate for another U.S. Open as a certain pointer that his diversion is improving and maturing.

“I had a good friend of cave caddie for me during Oakmont, and he put my bag down subsequent to Rory’s on Thursday,” Miller said, laughing. “I was like, ‘What are we doing?’ But it’s things like that we wish we get to do again, though also meaningful that we can contest out there.”

Humphrey, from Greenwich, Conn., was a first-team All-American during Vanderbilt final deteriorate and a SEC Player of a Year. In 2017, he was a semifinalist during a U.S. Amateur, and he is now ranked No. 12 in a World Amateur Golf Ranking. He shot 65 on a South Course and 72 on a North.

“It was wily out here, judging where a breeze is entrance from,” Humphrey said. “It was swirling a small bit, and I’m marred from carrying compasses in my yardage books each singular week and not carrying that here done it harder to dedicate to shots.”

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