Woodmont Country Club
Qualifying Spots Available: 8
Course Description: Woodmont Country Club has consistently been a host site for both U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifying. The club will be hosting the event for the 26th time in the last 27 years. Woodmont, which moved to its current 459-acre site in 1950, features two 18-hole layouts (North and South). The North Course was originally designed by Alfred Tull with input from Woodmont member Leopold Freudberg and superintendent Rudy Will. Arthur Hills oversaw an renovation in 1999 that included replacing the 18 greens. The South Course (1961) came from a combination of two existing nine-hole layouts, and was the course where Shigeki Maruyama carded a 58 during sectional qualifying in 2000. Olin Browne also shot 59 on the South Course in qualifying for the 2005 U.S. Open.
Players to Watch:
Many of the top professionals from the Web.com Tour will be playing at Woodmont. Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen (1993 and 1998) and 2009 U.S. Senior Open champion Fred Funk are also scheduled to play, along with 2002 PGA Championship winner Rich Beem. Other notables include 2003 U.S. Amateur champion Nick Flanagan and Patrick Cantlay, 2011 U.S. Amateur runner-up and low amateur at the 2011 U.S. Open. Cantlay turned pro after last year's U.S. Open.
Brothers Stephen and Sean Bosdosh, members of the University of Maryland golf team, advanced out of local qualifying. Their father, Steve, a teaching professional at Four Streams Golf Academy in Beallsville, Md., also tried to qualify, but failed to advance.
Robert "Bo" Hoag is the grandson of the late Bob Hoag, one of the founding members of Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, site of the Memorial Tournament.
Timothy O'Neal recorded his first PGA Tour Latinoamerica victory at the Colombian Open in May, just one week before sharing medalist honors at his local qualifier. The African-American golfer was once backed by Philadelphia-born actor Will Smith and played at Jackson State University for coach Eddie Payton, the brother of the late NFL Hall of Famer Walter Payton.
Brinson Paolini received the 2013 Byron Nelson Award as the collegiate golfer who combines excellence with character and integrity. The Duke University All-American volunteers at the Durham (N.C.) Soup Kitchen.
Cory Siegfried is a graduate student at Villanova University. He also attended the Haverford School, which is two miles from Merion Golf Club.
Now a professional, Harold Varner III won the 2007 Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach as a junior golfer with professional Morris Hatalsky. A former standout at East Carolina, Varner now plays on the eGolf Tour.
Michael Tobiason Jr. is looking to return to the U.S. Open after advancing out of local qualifying for a third consecutive year. He qualified for the 2011 U.S. Open.
Sullivan Aces Qualifier after Last-minute Cramming
By Elton Hayes
ROCKVILLE, Md. – When Ryan Sullivan failed to make the cut at last week’s Web.com Mid-Atlantic Championship in Potomac, Md., he decided to stay in the area to prepare at Woodmont Country Club, site of the U.S. Open sectional qualifier.
Those few extra days appeared to have given Sullivan the impetus he needed on Monday, as he became one of eight golfers to earn a berth in the 113th U.S. Open Championship at the sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club.
“I hadn’t been hitting the ball too well the day prior and when warming up, but I said I was just going to go out there and see what I can do,” said the Winston-Salem, N.C., native, who finished at 7-under 134, thanks largely to a 61 in the morning.
Sullivan was able to share his elation with a family member.
“I’ve been helping out since last year when he decided he would go to qualifying school,” said Marty Smith, Sullivan’s uncle and caddie. “We work and mesh together extremely well.”
The day began with steady rain and soggy course conditions that forced officials to delay morning tee times for 20 minutes. The clouds dissipated later in the day, and Russell Knox, Randall Hutchinson and Adam Hadwin emerged from the crowded field to share medalist honors at 9-under 132.
Born and raised in Scotland, Knox, 27, said, “I just felt like I was going to play well today. I was able to get a nice feel for both courses. For some reason, they sat well with me and I just played really well.”
Hutchinson, of Traverse City, Mich., played his best golf of the year. After struggling for the first half of the year, he said it just felt good to finally string together 36 holes of solid, consistent play.
“I haven’t had the best year on the Web.com Tour as I’ve kind of struggled. But I’ve been close and that’s what I’ve been telling everyone,” said the 27-year-old. “Today just proves it – I finally put a couple of good rounds together. It feels good to finish tied for first place, but at the same time, as long as you qualify is all that really matters.”
PGA Tour player Matt Bettencourt secured his fourth trip to the U.S. Open by advancing from a three-for-one playoff against Harold Varner III and Sam Saunders, who secured the first and second alternate positions, respectively.
“I was very blessed to just get the opportunity to be in a playoff,” said Bettencourt, a South Carolina resident. “It felt as if I had nine lives and was finally able to capitalize on one of them.”