Former Penn State golfer T.J. Howe qualified for the U.S. Open at Sectional Qualifying on Monday.
Also, former Nittany Lion Kevin Foley earned first alternate at his sectional, and current Nittany Lions Cole Miller and JD Dornes just missed making the U.S. Open field.
Howe fired rounds of 70-67 for a 7-under 137 to finish second in a field of 55 golfers at Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash. Only Aaron Wise’s 9-under total was better for the single-day, 36-hole event. Howe, a native of Charlotte, N.C., will take the field at the U.S. Open at Pittsburgh’s Oakmont Country Club next week.
Foley shot rounds of 66-73 for a 5-under 139 total at Canoe Brook in Summit, N.J. He was among 98 golfers going for six spots and tied for seventh to earn first-alternate status, leaving the possibility of making the Open field.
Playing at Woodmont Country Club’s North Course in Rockville, Md., Miller and Dornes both shot rounds of 71-69 for a 4-under 140 total. They were among 55 golfers chasing three qualifying spots at the course, missing the final qualifying spot by two strokes.
Also, J.D. Hughes, a transfer from Kent State, shot rounds of 76-73 for a 5-over 149 in Rockville.