Former Jayhawk Gary Woodland Qualifies for 2009 United States Open
June 9, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. –
Former Jayhawk Gary Woodland qualified for the 2009 United States Open after finishing third at the sectional qualifier at Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Woodland shot a 138 over the two-round event and made a birdie on the first playoff hole to advance.
The 2009 United States Open will be played June 18-21 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. Tiger Woods won the event in 2008.
“It is pretty cool for Gary to qualify for his first major,” said Kansas head coach Kit Grove. “Bethpage is a very long course and Gary should be able to use his greatest asset in his length to compete well.”
Matt Gogel was the last Jayhawk to compete in the US Open in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
Former Jayhawks Chris Thompson and Ryan Vermeer also advanced to the sectional portion of qualifying. Thompson finished third at the Milburn Country Club site in Overland Park, Kan. and will serve as the second alternate from that site. Vermeer finished three shots from qualifying at the Memphis, Tenn. site.
Woodland, who is competing in his first year on the PGA Tour, has made 13 starts and made 6 cuts.
Check back to kuathletics.com to track Woodland’s results at the 2009 United States Open.