Sargent, the 2022 NCAA Division I champion, will play in his first U.S. Open after earning medalist honors at the Ball Ground, Ga., final qualifier, shooting 13-under-par 131. Sargent, who just completed his sophomore season at Vanderbilt University, became the ninth freshman to win the NCAA title. The Masters Tournament then gave Sargent a special invitation to the tournament, becoming the first amateur since Aaron Baddeley in 2000 to earn such a distinction. He earned the 2022 Phil Mickelson Award for being the nation's top freshman golfer. He also was a first-team All-America selection by Ping and Golfweek and was named the Southeastern Conference's Freshman of the Year. In two seasons in Nashville, Tenn., he's won four college events and has vaulted as high as No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Sargent, a Birmingham, Ala., native, represented the USA in the 2022 World Amateur Team Championship (third place) and the 2022 Palmer Cup. Just prior to this year's U.S. Open, he will represent the USA again in the Palmer Cup at Laurel Valley Country Club in Ligonier, Pa.