Ryan McCormick Goes Low at Canoe Brook LQR
SUMMIT, N.J. (May 14, 2015) – A field of 78 players competed for four qualifying spots at the U.S. Open Local Qualifying Round at Canoe Brook Country Club (North Course) in Summit, N.J., on Thursday.
Ryan McCormick of Middletown, N.J., received medalist honors after shooting a 6-under 66. The 23-year-old and former Met Amateur Champion will be headed to the Sectional Qualifying Round for the second time in his career, the last time he advanced was in 2012. Last week, McCormick earned an exemption for the first six events of the PGA Tour Canada season this summer, finishing at a tie for 16th to earn conditional status. He heads to Canada next week for the first event.
The McCormick family has found success at Canoe Brook in the past – in 2012, his father Mark, the head professional at Suburban in Union, N.J., earned himself a trip to the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club after advancing through the Sectional Qualifying Round held at Canoe Brook.
Amateur Steven Zychowski of Mendham, N.J., carded a 2-under 70 to qualify. Zychowski finished as a quarterfinalist at the 2014 Met Amateur and is just back from a trip to The Olympic Club where he played in the Inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
Just two days after winning the North Jersey Non-Public B individual state title, amateur Will Voetsch of New Vernon, N.J., took the third spot with an even-par 72. This June, Voetsch will graduate from Delbarton in Morrisotwn, N.J., and plans to play at Rice University this upcoming fall.
Pat Wilson of Andover, N.J., claimed the final qualifying spot after a par on the fourth playoff hole in a six-man playoff. The former Met Amateur winner (2013) played in the Sectional Qualifying Round last year in Columbus, Ohio as a last minute alternate from the Egg Harbor, N.J. qualifying site.
Anthony Casalino of Yonkers, N.Y., claimed the first alternate position on the fifth playoff hole, and Domenick Roman of Paramus, N.J., will be the second alternate.
Canoe Brook’s North Course played to a par 72 at 6,899 yards.
Today’s rounds completed the local qualifying conducted by the MGA. The next stop on the road to Chambers Bay is a 36-hole Sectional Qualifying Round, one of 10 in the U.S., at Old Oaks Country Club and Century Club in Purchase, N.Y., on June 8, where they will get a chance to compete in the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay at University Place, Washington June 15 – 21.