Stetson University sophomore Dustin Dingus took a first step toward playing in the national golf championship when he finished second on May 7 at a local U.S. Open Qualifying Tournament at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Trinity, Fla.
Dingus, who just completed his sophomore season with the Hatters, fired a bogey-free round of 67 to earn one of four qualifying spots in the upcoming Sectional Qualifying Tournament.
"I was playing pretty good golf and was two under par through 14 holes," Dingus said. I was thinking that if I could just par in I would qualify.
"When I got to the 15th tee, my dad, who was caddying for me, told me that I needed to be aggressive and that I needed two birdies coming in to make it."
Dingus said he got those two birdies, on 15 and 16, to qualify by one shot.
The 10 domestic sectional qualifiers will be played on Sunday, June 2. There will also be two international qualifiers that will be played in England and Japan on May 26.
Dingus will play in the event, which will include 36 holes, at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. The number of qualifying spots into the U.S. Open will be determined by the quality and quantity of the field at each of the sectional qualifiers.
"I am practicing every day to prep for the sectionals," Dingus said. I am working with my dad on my putting and practicing by myself as well."
The 2014 U.S. Open will be played June 9-15 at the world famous Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina. It will be the third time the U.S. Open has been played on that course.