Huge Finishes Strong at US Open Sectional

June 4, 2012 by  

Maclain Huge (Lovettsville, VA), a high school senior headed to Virginia Tech in the fall to join their golf team, finished very strong today in the US Open section qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD. As the USGA says, 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 field at Woodmont consisted of 76 competitors, only 13 of those being amateurs.  The course was playing Par 72 at 7,196 yards.

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you would have received our earlier message today that Maclain had made the first of two loops posting a 4-over 76.  Much work was left if he were to secure one of the eventual seven spots from this particular qualifier.  Maclain teed off on #10 for the second round.  Bogeys at #12 and #14 were followed by birds on #15 (578 yards) and #18 to make the turn even.   He opened up with a bogey on the 10th hole (#1) and proceeded to eagle the par-4 13th hole (#4) and birdie the 14th (#5).  A hiccup bogey on the 17th hole (#8) and he finished at 1-under, 71.  Very, very solid.   His two-round 147 was four off the 143 cut. Five competitors were at 143, one at 142 and one at 140 (Shane Bertsch, Parker CO – 69/71 – 140) .  Maclain finished at T19 – good enough for the second low amateur to Tyler Dunlap (Westlake, TX) who put up a 145.  Incidentally, Dunlap’s second round of the day included four bogeys and a double and he still shot a 73.  Two other DC Metro area former junior players in the field were Ji-Soo Park (149) now at UVA and Sean Bosdosh (153) now at UMD.

This game is filled with situations.  Shoulda, coulda, woulda moments.  Guaranteed all who were close to the cut have gone back over the rounds and looked for strokes lost.  Maclain, only four strokes away.  He played the par fours in 7-over, most notably 6-over in the first round.   What about the par fives?  5-under.  We haven’t talked with him but it’s likely he first went over the string of bogeys in the first round on numbers 7, 8, and 9.  Then the double on 17.  That round of 76 makes the second round even more remarkable.  He didn’t give up and darn well almost pulled it off.  He’s not the kind to beat himself up too bad because there are more rounds to play somewhere soon.  No time to dwell.  Let’s keep in mind that Maclain is a senior in high school folks.  Anyone doubt this kid’s potential?

Didn’t think so.



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