Oppenheim and Quinn shared medalist honors finishing what’s referred to as the ‘longest day in golf’ tied at -3/138 while Quinn was 3rd at -2/139 after the 36 hole US Open Sectional qualifier was contested over Old Oaks CC and Century CC in Purchase, New York Monday. Jon Curran, (MA), a 2014 Web.com Tour winner and the roommate of Keegan Bradley finished the day 6 over 147 and T21. It was but one of ten Sectional qualifiers to determine the field for this years US Open Championship to be played over the famous No.2 Course of the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina June 11-15.
Rob Oppenheim has struggled the past few years, missing the cut in Q-School last December. Rob has played the PGA, Canadian and Web.Com tours with limited success. Fran Quinn has likewise had his share of struggles. A stress fracture in his spine in 2010 kept Quinn from taking full advantage of playing privileges on the PGA TOUR he had gained after finishing 25th on the Web.Com’s 2009 money list. Jim Renner regained his PGA TOUR card last year when he finished in the top 25 on the Web.Com’s money list. He started the season with a T2 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February but has struggled since.
It is so great to see three very deserving players from New England join the field in the U S Open Championship being played over a course with so much history. It was Pinehurst #2 in 1999 when Payne Stewart bested Phil Mickelson by a single shot. New Zealander Michael Campbell won at Pinehurst # 2 in 2005, the second time the event was contested there.
Rob, Fran and Jim are three players younger golfers can learn from. The lesson? Never give up!
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