The third trip to U.S. Open sectionals proved to the charm for the former University of Oregon standout. Miernicki lost out in a playoff in 2012 and failed to advance again last year. This year at Tacoma Country & Golf Club, he survived a 4-for-1 playoff for the final spot from the Lakewood, Wash., sectional. He holed a 25-foot birdie putt to win the playoff. He also rebounded from a 73 in the morning to card a 68 in the afternoon just to get into the playoff. His father, Paul, played basketball for the University of Scranton (Pa.). He is currently playing on the Web.com Tour. Played for the U.S. in the 2010 Palmer Cup. Lone professional win camea in the 2015 ATB Financial Classic on the Mackenzie Tour-Canada.