Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy product Morgan Hoffman among qualifiers for US Open at Merion

Sports@islandpacket.comJune 4, 2013 

PGA Tour Colonial Golf

Morgan Hoffman waves to the gallery after sinking his putt on 18th hole during the first round of the PGA Tour's Colonial on May 23 in Forth Worth, Texas.

LM OTERO — The Associated Press

Six golfers with ties to Beaufort County competed in sectional qualifying on Monday, but in the end, only Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy product Morgan Hoffman qualified for the U.S. Open,, to be held June 13 to 16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

"So pumped to be going back to Merion for the Open!!" posted Hoffman on Twitter.

Hoffman played at Merion while at Oklahoma State as a member of the 2009 U.S. Walker Cup Team.

Hoffman was 6 under for his two rounds on Monday at Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tenn., good enough for a tie for fourth. This will be Hoffman's third U.S. Open. He missed the cut as an amateur in 2010 but finished 29th last year at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Also playing at Colonial was former Hilton Head Island High standout D.J. Trahan. The former Clemson star withdrew after his first-round 75.

At Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., Beaufort's Mark Anderson and Hilton Head Island's Chris Epperson missed by a stroke the playoff for the eighth and final spot won by Duncan's Matt Bettencourt.

"U.S. Open q looks like a miss by a couple. Bummer but this means I get two full weeks to chill at home #fishing," tweeted Anderson, a former Beaufort Academy and South Carolina standout.

Bluffton's Brad Benjamin was well off the pace at 5 over.

Former Bluffton resident and Clemson product Kyle Stanley tied for 23rd at 6 under at Brookside Golf and Country Club and The Lakes Golf and Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, two shots behind the final spot.

Stanley, however, may still make the Open. He's 59th in the world. If he's still in the top 60 after this weekend, he will play Merion.

Among other golfers of note for the area, five-time Heritage champion Davis Love III and Savannah's Brian Harman missed the field, tying for 42nd at 3 under in Columbus.

And Heritage fan favorite Jerry Kelly finished second in Memphis, shooting 9 under and making the field.

The final stage of qualifying stretched one end of the country to the other on Monday with 11 sites hosting 36-hole qualifiers. The biggest was not far from where the Memorial finished because so many PGA Tour players were involved. Charley Hoffman led eight players who qualified, while 11 players were in a sudden-death playoff for seven spots.

Michael Kim atoned for Cal not winning the NCAA title by earning an Open spot. He had rounds of 67-66 at Hawk's Ridge in Ball Ground, Ga. to tie for medalist honors and earn one of three spots.

The second-largest qualifier was in Memphis, Tenn., ahead of the St. Jude Classic on the PGA Tour.

The day was not without a bizarre disqualification.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen was in the Rockville, Md., qualifier, but only for one round. After opening with a 75, it was discovered he was wearing steel spikes, typical on the PGA Tour but not allowed at Woodmont Country Club.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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