Young Qualifies for 119th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach

June 17, 2019

PEBBLE BEACH, CA (UPDATE: June 17, 2019) - Cameron Young failed to advance through the first two rounds of stroke play during this weekend's 119th U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Related: Full Results / Championship Home

The Scarborough native shot a nine-over 151 (75-76), seven strokes behind the cut line.

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PURCHASE, N.Y. (UPDATE: June 4, 2019) - Cameron Young of Scarborough is headed to the 119th U.S. Open Championship after earning medalist honors during Sectional Qualifying yesterday, June 3, at Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y.

The recent Wake Forest graduate shot a four-under 137, five strokes ahead of the field, to easily punch his ticket to Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 10-16.

Related: Full Results / U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

Luke Sample, defending NYS Junior Champion, was one shot off from competing in a playoff for a qualifying spot. The 16-year-old finished at three-over 144. 

Andrew Svoboda was also close to a qualifying spot, shooting a four-over 145. The Roslyn Harbor native won the 2018 New York State Open. 

Other representatives in the field included professionals Sean Quinlivan of Huntington, Jason Caron of Greenlawn, Matthew Campbell of Rome, Bryan Bigley of Schenectady, Dylan Newman of New Rochelle, Matthew Sita of Glen Cove, Kyle Brey of Farmingdale, Max Buckley of Rye, Chris Gabriele of Huntington, Jeffrey Schaller of Kingston, Michael Miranda of Post Jefferson Station, as well as amateurs Yaroslav Merkulov (recently reinstated) and Billy Whalen of New York City.

PGA Tour player Dominic Bozzelli from Rochester (exempt from local qualifying) was in the field before having to withdraw after his opening 18 holes.

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JAMESVILLE, N.Y. – Fifteen players from New York State advanced through the U.S. Open Local Qualifying stage that took place at over 100 sites across the U.S. from April 29 – May 13.

Within the advancing group were amateurs Yaroslav Merkulov of Penfield, and New York City players, Luke Sample and Billy Whalen.

Defending NYS Junior champion, Sample, was the medalist at Hollow Brook Golf Club in Cortlandt Manor after shooting 65. Whalen secured the last spot during the Rockaway Hunting Club qualifier in Lawrence, while former NYS champion Merkulov (won Sub-Junior in 2006, Junior in 2008-09, and Amateur in 2009) won a playoff for his spot at Deerfield Country Club in Rochester.

The professionals moving on include Bryan Bigley of Schenectady, Kyle Brey of Farmingdale, Max Buckley of Rye, Matthew Campbell of Rome, Jason Caron of Greenlawn, Chris Gabriele of Huntington, Michael Miranda of Port Jefferson Station, Sean Quinlivan of Huntington, Kevin Roy of Tampa, Florida (raised in Syracuse), Jeffrey Schaller of Kingston, Matthew Sita of Glen Cove, and Andrew Svoboda of Roslyn Harbor.

Related: U.S. Open Qualifying

Buckley was the first to advance during the May 3 qualifier at The Club at Admiral’s Cove (East Course) in Jupiter, Florida. Svoboda was medalist at Long Island’s Laurel Links Country Club on May 6, and Caron earned the same honors at Rockaway Hunting Club in Lawrence on May 8. Bigley was medalist at The Country Club of Troy. Bigley, Campbell, Roy and Schaller, all advanced through on the final day of local qualifying, May 13. 

An additional ten Empire State players earned alternate positions for sectionals including 1st Alternates Andrew Deforest of Cottekil, Scott Ford of Manhasset, Timmy Rosenhouse of Dix Hills, as well as amateurs Shawn Colella of Marcellus, Darin Goldstein and Thomas McCarthy of New York. Matt Hirsch of Hewlett, Sean Kelly of Staten Island, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, and Chris Malec of Webster are 2nd Alternates for their respective qualifying fields.

Sectional qualifying will take place over 36 holes, at nine sites across the country, and additional sites in Japan, England, and Canada. New York’s sectional site will be conducted by the Metropolitan Golf Association at Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. on June 3.
 
The USGA reported that 9,125 entries were submitted for this year’s U.S. Open Championship, which will be conducted June 16-19 at the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Results by Qualifier: 
 
May 3 - The Club at Admiral’s Cove (East Course), Jupiter, Florida 
Max Buckley (Rye) – 70 
 
May 6 - Alpine Country Club, Demarest, N.J.
* (a) Thomas McCarthy (New York) – 71
 
May 6 - Deerfield Country Club, Rochester, N.Y.
(a) Yaroslav Merkulov (Penfield) – 71
* (a) Shawn Collela (Marcellus) – 71
** Chris Malec (Webster) – 73
 
May 6 - Laurel Links Country Club, Laurel, N.Y.
Andrew Svoboda (Roslyn Harbor) – 67
Michael Miranda (Port Jefferson Station) – 69
Chris Gabriele (Huntington) – 70
Kyle Brey (Farmingdale) – 71
* Darin Goldstein (New York) – 71
 
May 9 - Rockaway Hunting Club, Lawrence, N.Y. 
Jason Caron (Greenlawn) – 64
Matthew Sita (Glen Cove) – 65
Sean Quinlivan (Huntington) – 68
(a) Billy Whelan (New York) – 70
* Scott Ford (Manhasset) – 70
** Matt Hirsh (Hewlett) – 70
 
May 9 - Hollow Brook Golf Club, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.
(a) Luke Sample (New York) – 65
** James Nicholas (Scarsdale) – 69
 
May 9 - Cypress Run Golf Club, Tarpon Springs, Florida
* Timmy Rosenhouse (Dix Hills) – 71
 
May 13 - Shingle Creek Golf Club, Orlando, Florida
Matthew Campbell (Rome) – 69
 
May 13 - Sara Bay Country Club, Sarasota, Florida
Kevin Roy (Syracuse) - 69
** Sean Kelly (Staten Island) – 71
 
May 13 - Country Club of Troy, Troy, N.Y. 
Bryan Bigley (Schenectady) – 69
Jeffrey Schaller (Kingston) – 71
* Andrew Deforest (Cottekil) - 72
 
* Denotes 1st Alternate 
**Denotes 2nd Alternate
(a) - Amateur