JUPITER, Fla./ROSWELL, Ga. – UNCG men’s golfer Bryce Hendrix and alum Nathan Stamey claimed first alternate spots for the 2018 US Open in their 36-hole sectional qualifiers on Monday. The 118th U.S. Open Championship will be played at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, New York, on June 14-17.
Both finished in a tie for third in their sectional but fell in a playoff for the final qualifying spot. Hendrix shot a 1-under 143 (76-67) in the Georgia Sectional in a one-way tie with Roberto Castro while Stamey turned in a 3-under 141 (70-71) in the Florida Sectional that tied with five other golfers. Hendrix’s 5-under 67 in the second round, aided by six birdies, was the top round score of the entire field.
Hendrix competed at the Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course) in Roswell, Georgia. 43 professionals and amateurs were in the field, led by 2016 U.S. Senior Open champion Gene Sauers. Other professionals include PGA Tour Champions winner Scott McCarron, 2000 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion D.J. Trahan, 2005 USA Walker Cup competitor Kyle Reifers, Hawaii native Tadd Fujikawa, who qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open at the age of 15, and past U.S. Open competitor Roberto Castro.
Stamey, a three-time all-SoCon golfer from 2006-08, played at the Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida. The field of 48 included PGA Tour winners Alex Cejka and Robert Allenby. Other notable professionals include Sam Saunders, the grandson of 1960 U.S. Open champion Arnold Palmer, Tyson Alexander, a third-generation U.S. Open competitor whose father, Buddy, won the 1986 U.S. Amateur at Shoal Creek, and past U.S. Open qualifiers Josh Anderson, Christo Greyling, Jack Maguire and Cameron Trinagle, the latter a member of the victorious 2009 USA Walker Cup Team at Merion Golf Club. Cristian DiMarco, the son of PGA Tour winner Chris DiMarco, also is in the field.
Noted amateurs include Andy Zhang, of the People's Republic of China, who in 2012 at the age of 14 became the youngest qualifier in U.S. Open history, and Tyler Strafaci, the grandson of 1935 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Frank Strafaci.