Simmons, a rising fifth-year senior at Liberty University, qualified for his first U.S. Open via both stages. He shared medalist honors in the final qualifier at Woodmont Country Club (North Course), shooting 4-under-par 138. As a freshman in 2020-21, Simmons helped Liberty advance to the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz., for just the third time in program history. The Huddleston, Va., resident competed in the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur at Baltusrol Golf Club.