DURHAM, N.C. – After recently rounding up another successful year that saw its players advance to the NCAA Championships in Sugar Grove, Ill., Duke will now see two of its own progress to the U.S. Open after a noteworthy weekend at their respective qualifiers.
Sophomore Alex Smalley tied for first after shooting a seven-under-par at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Georgia. After recording a bogey on 10, the Wake Forest, N.C. native birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 13 to pull even with Stephan Jaeger, the other golfer to punch his ticket to the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Continuing the consistency he showed throughout the entire spring, Smalley finished his final round with five consecutive pars to secure a bid to his first major.
Max Greyserman, who saw limited action in his final collegiate campaign, impressed greatly at the Tacoma, Wash. sectional qualifier, finishing tied for second. Despite getting hit with a double bogey-bogey, the recent Duke graduate was bogey-free en route to shooting a three-under-par 32 to garner a 68 for the day.
The U.S. Open Championship will be played in Wisconsin for the first time in the event's history. According to the official Erin Hills tournament website, more than 35,000 spectators will be expected to attend each day, giving the participants a phenomenal atmosphere as they contend for a title.
The championship is set to take place from June 12-18, and tickets can be purchased at usga.org.