2009 US Open - Farren qualifies; Wheatcroft misses by one

Posted June 9, 2009 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Sean Farren, Locust Valley, NY, qualified for this year's US Open, shooting 68-70 - 138 at the Metropolitan New York Sectional, securing one of four spots. The Sectional was played at Old Oaks CC & Century CC. Farren, formerly an assistant professional at Oakmont and the head professional at Totteridge, is now the professional at The Creek Club, Locust Valley, NY. This is the first time Farren, the 2003 West Penn Open champion, has qualified for the Open.

Steve Wheatcroft, Jacksonville, FL, formerly of Washington, PA, missed by one stroke with 72-68 - 140 at the Woodmont CC, Sectional, Rockville, MD. Wheatcroft is playing on the Nationwide Tour this season.

Four area players competed in Columbus, OH, and did not qualify - Gordon Vietmeier (142), John Popeck (146), Robert Rohanna (150), and Justin Moose (151) at Brookside G&CC and The Lakes G&CC. The playoff score was 136.

At Dayton's NCR CC, Dave Brown with 140 and Sean Knapp at 141 played better, but the playoff score there was also 136.

At Lake Nona G&CC, Travis Dickson did not qualify, recording 153.

All of these Sectionals took place on Monday, June 8.