On Tuesday May 11th, The Country Club of Lincoln hosted the U.S. Open Local Qualifier. 60 players competed for 3 spots in Sectionals and the field was rich with talent as usual.
Claiming medalists honors was Scott Gutschewski of Elkhorn with a stellar 67 (-5). “Gootch,” has had a good year playing on the Web.com Tour and looks to improve upon that at sectionals by qualifying for the US Open. Solid driving and great scrambling propelled Gutschewski in route to advancing to sectionals. He mentioned that he has gotten some great coaching from Mike Cornell PGA of Champions Run Omaha, and is looking forward to the opportunity at sectionals.
Luke Kluver of Norfolk, at just 16 years of age shot a 69 (-3) which was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 8th hole. The sophomore at Norfolk High School and 2016 NSAA Class A Individual State Champion claims a sectional spot and perhaps is the youngest player in Nebraska Golf history to qualify for the event. Kluver, a Nebraska Cornhusker commit brings a lot of game to the table and will be a name to follow for years to come.
McCook native and 2013 US Open participant Brandon Crick claimed the final sectional spot by shooting a 70 (-2) and winning a 3-man playoff between current Iowa Hawkeye player Carson Schaake and Omaha’s Philip Maschka who both shot 70 (-2) respectively. Crick, who nearly qualified for his 2nd US Open in 2016, looks to build on the near miss and qualify for the USGA’s premier event.
Carson Schaake is the 1st alternate, and Philip Maschka is the 2nd alternate after their finish in the 3-man playoff at 70 (-2).
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