Former NYS Champions in the Field for the U.S. Senior Open
(Update June 27)- Rob Labritz finished tied for fourth at the 42nd U.S. Senior Open at 3-under 281. He surged up the leaderboard after shooting 2-under 69 in each of his first three rounds.
Labrtiz's 3-over 74 on Sunday was enough to lock up his tie for fourth. This is his best finish on the PGA Tour Champions. His only other top-10 finish came in April at the Rapiscan Systems Classic.
Jeff Sluman and Craig Thomas were the only other New Yorkers to make the cut. Sluman came in tied for 33rd at 6-over 290 and Thomas finished in 64th at 22-over.
Charlie Bolling, Mike Meehan, and Jim Roy all failed to make the 5-over cut heading into the weekend.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Two former New York State Champions are in the field for the 42nd U.S. Senior Open this week at Saucon Valley Country Club.
1981 New York State Men’s Amateur and three-time Mid-Am winner Jim Roy, of Syracuse, and 1978 Men's Amateur winner Jeff Sluman will compete this week at the USGA major.
This will be Roy’s third appearance at the U.S. Senior Open. His best finish came in 2010, when he tied for 43rd. He failed to make the cut in his only other appearance.
Roy was the low scorer and medalist at qualifying at Indiana Country Club in Pennsylvania. He posted a 5-under 66 with eight birdies.
Rochester native Sluman is making his 13th appearance in the event. His best finish came in 2014 when he tied for fifth place. He is searching for his first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour Champions this season.
Sluman earned an exemption through placing top-40 on the tour money list through the close of entries.
Four other New Yorkers join Roy and Sluman in this year’s field. Bayville’s Mike Meehan, Glen Cove’s Charlie Bolling, Pound Ridge’s Rob Labritz, and White Plains’ Craig Thomas also qualified to compete at Saucon Valley.
Bolling qualified out of Doylestown Country Club in Pennsylvannia.
Thomas and Meehan qualified at Sunningdale Country Club in New York. Thomas was medalist after posting 3-under 67.
Labritz, who earned his PGA Champions Tour card in 2022, qualified in Texas at The Courses at Watters Creek.
Roy will tee off from hole #10 on Thursday, June 23 with Eddie Hargett and Kevin Kraft at 8:55 a.m (all times EDT). The Group will start on hole #1 on Friday at 2:25 p.m.
Sluman will be grouped with John Huston and Mark Calcavecchia. They will tee off from #1 on Thursday at 1:12 p.m. and #10 on Friday at 7:42 a.m.
Tee Times for Round 1 and 2:
|Name||Thursday (EDT)||Friday (EDT)|
|Jim Roy||#10, 8:55 a.m.||#1, 2:25 p.m.|
|Jeff Sluman||#1, 1:12 p.m.||#10, 7:42 a.m.|
|Charlie Bolling||#10, 12:30 p.m.||#1, 7:00 a.m.|
|Rob Labritz||#10, 12:40 p.m.||#1, 7:10 a.m.|
|Mike Meehan||#10, 9:06 a.m.||#1, 2:36 p.m.|
|Craig Thomas||#1, 7:10 a.m.||#10, 12:40 p.m.|