Lakewood Country Club
Qualifying Spots Available: 4
Course Description: Lakewood Country Club is hosting sectional qualifying for the first time. Originally designed by Tom Bendelow and opened in 1912, the course has undergone revisions by Ralph Plummer and the design duo of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. The course was where Byron Nelson won the 1944 Victory Open, the precursor to the HP Byron Nelson Classic.
Players to Watch:
The field will feature 1992 U.S. Open champion Tom Kite, 1992 U.S. Amateur and 1997 British Open champion Justin Leonard, 2004 British Open champion Todd Hamilton, and two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion Jordan Spieth.
Reinstated amateur and F-16 fighter pilot Andy Aduddell was the Arizona Golf Association's 2012 Player of the Year. Teacher at the 56th Training Squadron at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona has the call sign "Wedge."
Case Cochran is the son of 2011 British Senior Open champion Russ. Case recently turned professional after playing at Texas A&M, where he was the 2013 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up Ryan Hybl is the men's golf coach at the University of Oklahoma.
2005 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Kevin Tway s the son of 1986 PGA Championship winner Bob. Kevin was a standout at Oklahoma State University before turning pro.
Michael Whitehead was an alternate who made the 2011 U.S. Open field when Tiger Woods withdrew due to an injury.
Fischer Needs 48 holes to Win U.S. Open Berth
By David Prinz
DALLAS – The longest day in golf wasn’t quite long enough for two players with local ties. Ryan Palmer, of Colleyville, Texas, and Zack Fischer, of Wake Village, Texas, finished 36 holes of U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at Lakewood Country Club tied at 7-under 135 for the fourth and final qualifying spot. They were still tied after eight playoff holes, the last two in near darkness.
The returned at 7:30 a.m. CDT and on the fourth hole of the day – the 12th of the playoff and the 48th of the qualifier – Fischer made birdie on the 18th hole to earn a spot in the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.
“This definitely goes down in the memory books,” said Palmer, the four-time PGA Tour winner.
“It was amazing. I’ve never been a part of anything like this,” said the 23-year-old Fischer. “You can’t describe what it’s like without being a part of it.”
Matt Weibring, Ed Loar and Jordan Spieth, all from Dallas, were co-medalists at 8-under 134.
Spieth, who shot the Lakewood course record of 62 in the 2009 HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship, birdied three of his last four holes to clinch his second consecutive trip to the U.S. Open. Now a professional, he was low amateur at The Olympic Club last year.
“I didn’t get to play a practice round since I came straight from Muirfield [Village, site of the Memorial tournament], but I have a level of comfort here from playing so many rounds,” said the 19-year old Spieth. “But I hit it longer than I did three years ago so it took some getting used to.”
Weibring, son of six-time PGA Tour winner D.A. Weibring, carded a second-round 64 to take the early clubhouse lead. Weibring, who played college golf at Georgia Tech, turned professional in 2002 and has bounced around between the PGA and Web.com Tours.
Loar brought the hometown crowd to their feet after he holed out from the fairway on No. 18, his ninth hole of the final round. It was his second consecutive eagle, and it helped him match Weibring’s 64. Loar, who is currently second on the Web.com Tour money list, has had playing privileges at Lakewood for the past 11 years.
Fischer, who played at the University of Texas at Arlington, birdied his final hole (No. 9), and three out of his last five, to move into fourth place, where he was joined by Palmer, who played in the next group. Palmer birdied the 531-yard par and forced a playoff by getting up and down from a bunker for birdie.
Palmer and Fischer began their playoff for the final spot on No. 18, which they twice before moving to No. 10. The two players continued to fire at the flagstick as darkness neared and it looked as though it was over when they played No. 10 a second time. Fischer slid in a seven-footer for birdie, which Palmer matched with a six-footer.
Fischer is making his first trip to the U.S. Open; Palmer is the first alternate.
University of Oklahoma golf coach Ryan Hybl made an impressive showing in his second U.S. Open sectional start. He posted a pair of 68s to finish at 6-under 136. and is the second alternate.
“I’ve only played about 10 rounds this year so I didn’t expect much,” said the coach.