Atlanta - A pair of former Georgia State men's golfers, Ty Harris and Jonathan Fricke, will be in action Monday attempting to become the first Panther representatives in the U.S. Open next week at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.
Fricke, who remained in the Atlanta area after college, will be playing his 36-hole qualifier at The River Club in Suwanee. There will be 51 players competing for three spots at the site.
He reached sectionals following a 5-under 67 at Summergrove Golf Club in Newnan that gave him a tie for third place at the site.
Harris, who hails from the Tampa area, will face the difficult Black Diamond Ranch, Quarry Course in Lecanto, Fla. A total of 58 players will be competing for three spots during the 36-hole qualifier.
He reached sectionals following a 3-under 69 at Lake Wales Country Club.
Sectional qualifying is the final stage before U.S. Open hopefuls get to the championship proper. The USGA offers 13 sectional sites - 11 in the U.S. and two overseas in Japan and England. Generally, about 750 golfers compete at the sectional qualifying level for about half of the 156 available spots in the U.S. Open.
Sectional qualifying is a grueling 36-hole one-day marathon, with only a handful of available spots at each site. Qualifying spots are determined by the field's numbers and strength. The USGA established two "tour" sites in Columbus, Ohio, and Memphis, Tenn., for members of the PGA Tour who either have just competed at The Memorial (Columbus) or are preparing to play the FedEx St. Jude Classic (Memphis).