June 6, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Former Alabama golfer Hunter Hamrick will make his professional debut at the 2012 United States Open at Olympic Club next week after shooting 67-67 in his sectional qualifying event in Germantown, Tenn., on Tuesday.
Joining Hamrick at Olympic Club in San Francisco is another former Crimson Tide great Michael Thompson (2007-08). Thompson shot 74-68 to finish second at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., to punch his ticket to the Open.
Alabama also saw two current players fall just short as both Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt lost out on qualifying in sectional playoffs. The sophomores are also second alternates at their sectional qualifying sites.
Whitsett, a native of Houston, Texas, shot 69-71 (-4) for a four-way tie for second place, and lost out on one of the two final qualifying spots in a playoff on Monday. Wyatt, from Mobile, Ala., shot 66 in Tuesday's second round to finish at 6-under after 36 holes, but also fell in a playoff for the eighth and final spot.
Bud Cauley, another former Crimson Tide All-American, and Alabama's 2012 Jack Nicklaus Award winner Justin Thomas, both missed out on qualifying in the Columbus, Ohio, sectional. Cauley, like Hamrick this year, qualified for the U.S. Open last year, just days after completing his collegiate career for the Crimson Tide.
The 2012 U.S. Open will get underway on June 14-17 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, with a purse of $8 million. It will be televised by ESPN and NBC.