Barron made the most of his local knowledge of Tacoma Country & Golf Club by earning medalist honors in the Lakewood, Wash., sectional qualifier to book his first trip to the U.S. Open. He shot 7-under 135 to best the field by five strokes. Barron grew up in Puyallup, Wash., the same hometown of three-time USGA champion Ryan Moore. He won the 2014 Oregon Open and 2015 Northwest Open. He also once shot a 59 in the 2015 Rosauers Invitational. Instead of going to college, Barron helped run his grandfather's hydraulics company, and later became a construction foreman, managing a crew of 15. He turned pro six years ago and, at 26, started working as a teaching pro at a driving range not far from Tacoma Country & Golf Club. On the eve of the qualifier, he tied for 18th at a Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event in British Columbia.