Dahl Advances to Second Qualifying Round of U.
BY ANDRES FOCIL
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Senior All-American Andrew Dahl shot a four-under-par 68 on Chenal Country Club’s golf course to pass the first qualifying round for the United States Open. Dahl was one of the top five golfers in the 89-man field to advance to a second regional qualifying round. Even though Dahl is still an amateur he was near the top of the leader board with some of the nation’s rising professional golfers. The Uniontown, Ark., native tied with Bryce Molder, while the top score turned in was a 67.
Dahl’s score of 68 was made possible when he rebounded from a one-over-par 37 on the front nine to shoot a five-under-par 31 on the back nine. To top it off he sank a 30-foot birdie putt on the last hole. That clutch performance prevented him from going into a playoff round with three other golfers who shot a 69.
“I’m excited about being able to go to the next round,” Dahl said. “I had to be patient with this course, because I didn’t play the front nine very well. I was just really glad when I made that last putt so I didn’t have to go into a playoff. I knew I had to get back to leave with the team for regionals.”
The second qualifying round for the U.S. Open will take place on June 7, at the Merced Golf and Country Club in Daly City, Calif., with 36 holes of play. The exact number of spots available for the U.S. Open will not be known until the week leading up to the two qualifying rounds, so Dahl does not know where he will have to finish.
Freshman Beau Glover was also competing for a top five slot in Little Rock, Ark., but carded a one-over-par 73.
Before Dahl travels to California, Glover will join him as they help the Razorbacks in their quest for a top 10 showing at the NCAA Central Regional Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., on May 20-22. Arkansas must garner a top 10 finish in order to play at the NCAA Championships on June 1-4 at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.
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