Thursday, June 01, 2006

Kite, Elkington In Field for U.S. Open Sectional

If you're in Houston on June 5, you might want to head over to Lakeside Country Club and watch the U.S. Open sectional qualifier, one of 14 taking place.

Thirty-two golfers will be competing for two spots into the U.S. Open. Among those are former U.S. Open champion Tom Kite and former PGA champion Steve Elkington. Tjaart Van Der Walt and Kevin Tway (Bob's son) are also in the field.

The full field is available here.

Kite and Elkington aren't the only notable Texas residents taking part in sectional qualifiying on June 5:
  • Tommy Armour III, Omar Uresti and Cameron Beckman are playing in the sectional at Rockville, Md.
  • Former PGA champion Mark Brooks, plus J.L. Lewis, Paul Stankowski, Tom Byrum, Harrison Frazar, J.P. Hayes, and Kris Cox, play in the sectional at Summit, N.J. (along with Michelle Wie).
  • In Columbus, Ohio, Trip Kuehne, Jeff Maggert, Joe Ogilvie, Ryan Palmer, Tag Ridings, John Rollins and Wes Short play. Matt Weibring plays at a second location in Columbus.

Look at those names - these are the golfers who have to go through qualifying - and you'll realize just how tough it is to get into the U.S. Open. Consider that Jeff Maggert won last week and still has to play his sectional.

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