The Georgia State men’s golf team may be preparing for the NCAA Regional in San Antonio next week, but a pair of current members of the team and several former Panthers are also preparing for the U.S. Open.
The U.S. Open will be contested at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2, in Village of Pinehurst, N.C., on June 12-15. Local qualifying, conducted over 18 holes at 111 sites in 42 states, will take place between May 2-19.
More than 10,000 golfers from around the world are attempting to qualify for this year’s championship.
Juniors Davin White and Damon Stephenson will take to the links at Marietta Country Club on Monday, May 12, looking to advance to sectional qualifying. The duo will be joined by current Panther signee Hayden Poole who will be a freshman this fall.
White just earned All-Sun Belt First Team honors while Stephenson was named to the second team for the first time in his career.
The following day, Derek Oakey and Tim Freund, a pair of former Panthers will take to The Legends at Chateau Elan looking to reach sectional qualifying.
Former Panther Ty Harris was scheduled to attempt to qualify at The Patriot at Grand Harbor in South Carolina on Monday. However, on the way to the course, he had a tire blow out and was not able to make it before his tee times, thus having to withdraw.
Georgia State has never had a current or former player qualify for the U.S. Open. The Panthers have been represented several times in the British Open and even have one Masters appearance by Dave Womack.
Those players who advance out of local qualifying will compete in sectional qualifying, which will be conducted over 36 holes at 10 U.S. sites on June 2. For the 10th consecutive year, Japan and England will host international sectional qualifying, both scheduled for May 26.