Golfers of varying ages will assemble Monday at Northwood Club in Dallas to try to play their way into the 2015 U.S. Open, June 18-21 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
Of the 78 entrants at the 36-hole qualifying event, the range in ages covers at least 35 years: from Cole Hammer, 15, a high school freshman who plays for the Kinkaid School in Houston to Scott Verplank, 50, an 18-time participant in past U.S. Opens who has won five PGA Tour titles.
Among the career titles for Verplank, a Dallas native, are victories at the 1984 U.S. Amateur and the 2007 Byron Nelson Championship.
Admission is free at Northwood Club for fans who want to attend the qualifier. Tee times begin at 7 a.m. and several golfers with Tarrant County connections will be in the mix to earn playing spots at the U.S. Open.
The list includes Fort Worth residents J.J. Killeen and Martin Piller, a pair of Web.com Tour participants, and Julien Brun, an amateur who just completed his college career at TCU.
Also in the field are two Fort Worth natives with extensive experience on both the PGA and Web.com tours who played college golf at Oklahoma: Hunter Haas, a Southlake resident who played in high school at Fort Worth Southwest, and Martin Flores, a Dallas resident and former Mansfield High School golfer.
Stuart Deane, an Arlington resident who is the new golf coach at UT Arlington, will compete as will former North Texas golfer Carlos Ortiz, Colleyville resident John Rollins and Sean Walsh, an amateur from Keller and Gonzaga. Ortiz, a PGA Tour rookie from Mexico, was the 2014 Web.com Tour Player of the Year.
Other notable names competing in Dallas are Texas Tech golfer Matias Dominguez, who played in the 2015 Masters as winner of the 2015 Latin America Amateur, and Cody Gribble, who earned a Champions’ Choice invitation to the 2015 Colonial. Longtime PGA Tour veterans Bob Estes, Rod Pampling and Marc Turnesa also are scheduled to compete.
Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760