Jim McGovern and other Met Area natives earn a trip to the U.S. Open
PURCHASE, N.Y.--On a beautiful day at Century Country Club & Old Oaks Country Club, both in Purchase, NY, 34-year old Glastonbury, CT native Tim Petrovic fulfilled a boyhood dream and earned his first trip to a U.S. Open by firing an impressive 3-under par total of 138 (67-71), to claim medalist honors at today’s U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Round. Currently in 4th place on the Buy.com money list, Petrovic earned his Buy.com card via his finish at Q-school last year, seven years after almost going broke on the former Nike Tour in 1993. “The road has been filled with pot holes, speed bumps & forks. It’s hardly been a straight line, but suddenly it all seems worth it”, the leading money winner and 4-time winner on the 2000 Golden Bear Tour said afterwards.
Buy.com tour regular and former PGA Tour winner Jim McGovern of Hackensack, NJ finished at 2-under par 139 (67-72) to earn his trip to Southern Hills CC. The former Met Open & Amateur champ qualified in the Met Area for the second consecutive year. Michael Allen of Mesa CC earned his second trip to the Open by finishing at 1-under par 140 (71-69) and George Frake, II of Little Mill CC finished at even-par 141 (71-70) to make his first trip to America’s biggest championship. PGA Tour regular, Scott Dunlap of Sugarloaf, needed 4 playoff holes to capture the final spot after finishing tied with 4 others at 142, including former U.S. Open and Masters champ Fuzzy Zoeller.
The field of 65 competitors played a round at each of the two spectacular Westchester County layouts with only 5 players advancing to next weeks U.S. Open Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, OK.