Tuesday, June 07, 2005
TUSCALOOSA – Weather postponed the completion of play at the 2005 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier in Atlanta. Originally, the two rounds were to be played and completed on Monday but weather moved the finish to Tuesday morning when play had to be suspended after 18 holes on Monday.
The University of Alabama had three men among the 76 competing for six places available from that sectional which was held at East Lake. Gator Todd, a freshman on the Tide team this past season, came closest to the cut, finishing 14th. He shot 69-71/140. Former Tide golfer Wesley Pate finished in a tie at 19th (73-70/143). And Mark Harrell, who, like Todd was also a freshman on the Tide’s NCAA qualifying team this season, shot 70 in the first round and did not advance to the second round. Todd and Harrell returned with the Alabama team on Sunday from the NCAA Championships which were held June 1-4 near Baltimore and immediately drove to Atlanta for Monday’s qualifier.
Past U.S. Open champion Matt Kuchar was the sixth and last man in to make the cut at that sectional. He shot 69-66/135. Another U.S. Open champion, Nick Flanagan failed to qualify and is one of four alternates after he shot 70-66-136.
More sectional qualifiers were being held on Tuesday, but, among the men who did make it into the U.S. Open field is former Tide now PGA golfer Steve Lowery. The Birmingham native was among seven players who went into a playoff for the remaining six spots in the U.S. Open qualifier in Westerville, Ohio on Monday. In that sectional there were 144 golfers competing for 20 spots. Lowery was one of seven players at 137 after 36 holes who went into a two-hole playoff for the six remaining spots. One of those seven bogeyed the second hole, advancing the other six, including Lowery, to the U.S. Open field. Lowery was an All-American at Alabama, lettering for four seasons, 1980-83.
The 2005 U.S. Open will be played June 13-19 Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina.