DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke men’s golf standout Joe Ogilvie advanced through sectional qualifying Monday and will be in the field at next week’s U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. (June 10-16).
Ogilvie, a 1996 Duke graduate, was among nine players to qualify at the Colonial Country Club Sectional Qualifier in Memphis, Tenn., with a six-under 137 for the day. After posting a three-under 69 in the morning round on the South Course, he recorded another solid round of three-under 68 in the afternoon at the North Course. Ogilvie, who began his afternoon round on the back nine, fired a three-under, 33, on his final nine holes of the day, highlighted by an eagle on the par five fifth to solidify his spot in next week’s field. For the day, Ogilvie posted one eagle, six birdies and two bogeys, en route to qualifying for his sixth U.S. Open (2013, 2012, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2003).
For his career on the PGA Tour, Ogilvie has captured one win at the 2009 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, Wis., to go along with 26 top 10 finishes. Ogilvie has found success in the major championships, finishing in the top 25 at the Masters, British Open and the PGA Championship. His top finish at the U.S. Open is a tie for 36th in 2008 at Torrey Pines.
Overall, eight former Blue Devils took part in what has been dubbed as “golf’s longest day,” including Julian Suri, Brinson Paolini, Michael Muehr, Adam Long, Clark Klaasen, Michael Schachner and Ryan Blaum.
Blaum finished tied for ninth on the day at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club Sectional Qualifier in Bradenton, Fla., and missed qualification for the U.S. Open by three strokes. He sat just a single stroke out of a playoff with one hole remaining, before suffering a double bogey on his final hole of the day to close his afternoon round with an even-par 72 and a five-under 139 for the day.
Kevin Streelman will also represent the Blue Devils in the field at Merion, as Streelman owns three top five finishes on the season highlighted by a win at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank. Streelman, currently ranked 36th in the current World Golf Ranking, earned an automatic exemption after being listed in the top 60. He will be playing in his fourth U.S. Open, including his third consecutive.
d - u - k - e