Campbell, Guthrie Qualify for 2014 U.S. Open
June 2, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One current and one former Fighting Illini golfer qualified for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, as senior-to-be Brian Campbell and former Luke Guthrie each tied for fourth in their respective sectional qualifiers to make the field. Former Illini Scott Langley also is the first alternate from the Memphis qualifier - giving him a good chance to make the field - after losing a playoff among five players for the final two spots at his sectional. Campbell, who grabbed one of the final two spots at the Daly City, California, sectional after missing the cut there by two strokes in 2013, becomes the first Illini player with eligibility remaining to qualify for the U.S. Open since Langley achieved the feat in 2010.
The 2014 U.S. Open will be held at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina, June 12-15.
It marks Guthrie's second-straight trip to the U.S. Open, while it will be Campbell's first. Should Langley make the field, it would be his fourth U.S. Open appearance - and third straight - after earning his way through sectional qualifiers in 2012 and 2013. He was low amateur in 2010, finishing tied for 16th.
Guthrie posted a 4-under-par at the Columbus, Ohio, sectional qualifier, notching consecutive 2-under rounds with a 68 at Scioto Country Club in the first round and a 70 at Brookline Golf & Country Club in the afternoon. After needing a playoff in 2013, Guthrie birdied two of his last three holes to finish fourth in the qualifier that had 16 spots to avoid the five-man playoff for the final three spots in Columbus.
Campbell recorded a 6-under day, nearly playing a bogey-free 36 holes by marking just two on his card all day. He notched a 4-under 67 on the Ocean Course in the morning before posting a 2-under 70 at Lake Merced in the afternoon, including four straight pars to stay tied for one of the final two qualifying spots. Former Illini Garrett Chaussard also played in the Daly City, California, qualifier, finishing tied for 69th at +5 overall.
Langley posted rounds of 69-68 to stand 6-under and tied for 12th after the 36-hole qualifier at Colonial Country Club in Memphis. But even after his bogey-free final round of 3-under, Langley landed in a playoff among five players for the final two spots. On the first playoff hole, Brady Watt was the only player to birdie the hole and punch his ticket to Pinehurst. Another player bogeyed the first hole, leaving three players fighting for one spot. Langley made par while Sam Love bogeyed the hole. But Hunter Stewart made a birdie putt in the near darkness to earn the final spot to Pinehurst out of the Memphis sectional.