ROCKVILLE, Md. — Traverse City Central alum Randy Hutchison qualified for the upcoming U.S. Open golf tournament when he shot a 9-under par 132 at Monday’s Middle Atlantic Golf Association sectional qualifier at the Woodmont Country Club.
Hutchison’s 9-under performance put him in a three-way tie for first with Russell Know of Scotland and Adam Hadwin of Canada.
Eight players from Hutchison’s qualifying site — one of 11 USGA qualifiers that were played in the United States on Monday — also made the cut and will be among those who tee off at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. on June 13, including Matt Harmon from Grand Rapids.
Hutchison played Woodmont’s North and South courses at the qualifier, playing consistently throughout. Starting with birdies on the first three holes, Hutchison went on to shoot a 4-under 65 on the South course. His first round included eight birdies. At that point he was in a five-way tie for second. Ryan Sullivan of Winston Salem, N.C. shot an 8-under 61 to lead the field and went on to qualify after finishing fourth overall with a 7-under par.
In the second half of his day, moving to the North course, Hutchison shot a 5-under 67. He only had one bogey in that round and hit a stretch between the fifth and 14th holes where he had pars on 10 of the 11 holes, with a birdie on No. 10 thrown in for good measure.
The qualifier featured a tense battle to determine the automatic final spot as Matt Bettencourt of Spartanburg, S.C., Harold Varner III from Gastonia, N.C. and Sam Saunders of Albuquerque, N.M. were all tied at 136 and went to a 3-for-1 playoff, with Bettencourt ultimately earning the spot.
The other qualifiers from the Woodmont sectional were Cliff Kresge of Heathrow, Fla. and Australia’s Mathew Goggin.