May 8, 2014
FISHERS, Ind. -- Senior Adam Schenk and former Purdue men's golf team member Tyler Duncan both kept their dreams alive of playing in the 2014 U.S. Open as both advanced out of U.S. Open local qualifying to reach sectional qualifying and a chance to play at Pinehurst and the 2014 U.S. Open.
Competing for five spots out of 96 players, Schenk shared medalist honors by shooting a 4-under par 68 at The Hawthorns in Fishers, Indiana, on Wednesday. Schenk played a steady round, recording five birdies, 12 pars and just one bogey to advance to sectional qualifying.
Duncan, meanwhile, had to break a sweat to advance to sectional qualifying. The 2012 second-team All-Big Ten and Purdue grad was in a three-man playoff for two spots, finishing second to advance to sectional qualifying. Duncan recorded a 3-under par 69, rallying on the back nine with a 3-under 33 after going out in even-par 36.
Sectional qualifying will begin on June 2 and individuals will be playing 36 holes in one day in hopes of advancing to the U.S. Open at Pinehurst (North Carolina). There are 10 sectional qualifiers nationwide with only a handful of available spots at each site - the number of qualifying spots is determined by the quality and quantity of the field at each location.
Both golfers will compete in the sectional qualifier at Brookside Golf & Country Club and Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio (18 holes at each course).
Schenk will first compete in the NCAA Central Regional on May 15-17 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois, in hopes of helping Purdue advance to its first NCAA Championship since 2005.