2017 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier


Jaeger, Smalley Qualify for U.S. Open Championship


Name Score
Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga, Tenn. 137
Alex Smalley, Wake Forest, N.C. (a)     
1. Dru Love, Sea Island, Ga. (a)
2. J.T. Griffin, Wilson, N.C. 138*

* determined in playoff
(a) denotes amateur



Alex Smalley, an amateur from Wake Forest, N.C., and Stephan Jaeger, a professional from Chattanooga, Tenn., tied at 7-under-par 137 to share medalist honors and earn a spot at the U.S. Open Championship. Smalley is a rising junior golfer at Duke University, while Jaeger will be making his second appearance in the U.S. Open as he also qualified in 2015.

A pair of players tied at 6-under-par 138, including Davis Love IV of Sea Island (67-71), winner of the 2015 Georgia Amateur Championship, and J.T. Griffin (66-72), a professional from Wilson, N.C. A one-hole playoff was needed to determine the first and second alternate spots. On 18, Love earned the first alternate position and Griffin finished as the second.

The 117th U.S. Open Championship will be held at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisc., June 15-18, 2017. Entries were open to any professional and to amateurs with USGA Handicap Indexes not exceeding 1.4. The U.S. Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association.