Ostrom and Travis Advance to the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier
May 14, 2017, BanBury Golf Course in Eagle, Idaho hosted the U.S. Open Local Qualifier where 36 participants battled it out for two spots that would move on to the Sectional Qualifying round. The players started off the day with a challenge, having to wait out a one-hour frost delay.
Hunter Ostrom got it going early in his round and was four under par through four holes. Possibly having his mom, Kim, caddying on Mother’s Day was the key. Ostrom had a roller coaster ride on the back side, doubling the tenth hole and bogeyed thirteen and fourteen; but birdied twelve and fifteen. Hunter was in the final group of the day and standing on the eighteenth tee, he was tied with Ty Travis who had already finished at two under par (69). Number eighteen putting green was crowded with spectators as the final group approached and there to see Hunter birdie his final hole to become the U.S. Open Local Qualifier medalist. Hunter shot a round of three under par, 68, and was able to do so in his home town. Ostrom just finished his freshman year at the University of Notre Dame where he is a member of the Men’s Golf Team. Hunter moves on to the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier to be held at Tacoma Golf & Country Club.
Ty Travis of Eagle, had a slow start but finished his front nine with two birdies out of his final three holes to make the turn at even par. He birdied ten, and proceeded to bogey twelve and turned back around with birdie to go to one under par through thirteen. Ty Travis grew up playing at BanBury Golf Course, so this qualifying site was destined to be his. With a qualifying round of 69, Ty secured a trip to the Sectional round and will head to Tacoma Golf & Country Club on June 5, in Lakewood, Wash.
Derek Bayely finished his first four holes at three under par, which included two pars, an eagle and a birdie. Almost a year ago, Derek claimed the 2016 Idaho Men’s Amateur State Championship at BanBury, so he was in familiar territory. Bayley was solid the rest of the way, finishing with a birdie on the eighteenth hole to finish with a total of one under par, 70 and the 1st alternate position.
There was a three way playoff for the second alternate position amongst Texas A & M’s Joshua Gliege, Washington State University’s Grant Cole, and PGA Professional Jim Empey of Boise. The playoff ended quickly as Gliege birdied the first hole, Cole made par and Empey had a bogey.
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