The U.S. Open, one of golf’s four major championships, plays host to golf’s biggest stars every year. But it fills out its field each year in a unique way — with open qualifying tournaments all over the country that attract the best amateur players and club pros in America to play for a shot at glory. Last year, 22 golfers qualified for the 156-player field through these local qualifying tournaments.
On Monday, two representatives from Northwestern’s men’s golf team put themselves a step closer to the U.S. Open. Sophomore Dylan Wu, who was recently named to the All-Big Ten second team, finished tied for third at the local qualifier hosted at the Village Links in Glen Ellyn, shooting a 2-under 70 in a single round to secure one of the five sectional qualifying spots from the tournament.
However, Wu was bested by one of his coaches on the day. Volunteer assistant coach Tim Streng shot a 3-under 69 to finish second at the qualifier and book a ticket to the sectional qualifying round. Streng was a decorated golfer at Western Illinois and is no stranger to the U.S. Open qualification process — in 2008, he finished just 3 strokes out from securing a spot in the U.S. Open at a sectional qualifier.
Wu and Streng will play two rounds on June 6 at a to-be-announced location for their chance at the U.S. Open. And while the numbers are against them making an appearance at Oakmont this summer — last year, nearly 600 golfers qualified for the sectional rounds — they will get their shots at one of the most prestigious events in golf.