Reality TV star Werenski qualifies for U.S. Open at Bear's Club
JUPITER, Fla. (CBS12) —
They call it the longest day in golf. U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying all over the country, with golfers having one last chance to earn a spot in the Open had to play 36 holes of golf, to earn a berth at Shinnecock.
Monday, 3 of the qualifiers at the Bear's Club in Jupiter would make it to play later this month.
One of them, is West Palm resident Richy Werenski - you may know that name if you like reality TV - he won Golf Channel's "Big Break", the Palm Beach Edition. Now he's going to the U.S. Open. Werenski finished second, behind top finisher, amateur Luis Gagne from LSU. The third spot was a little more complicated.
Six players went to a tiebreaking playoff. Eventually, rising junior Tyler Strafaci from Georgia Tech earned the berth. Another player to watch, Christian DiMarco, son of 3-time PGA Tour winner Chris DiMarco, had the best first round, with his dad as his caddie. DiMarco made the playoff at the end, but finished just short, earning one of the two alternate spots. First alternate was awarded to North Carolina native Nathan Stamey.
For some, they finished so close - including Tequesta resident Christo Greyling and Gator golfer Andy Zhang. They both lost in the playoff.
The U.S. Open starts June 14th, in Shinnecock Hills, NY.