Gavin Hall is going to the U.S. Open.
The 18 year-old graduate of Pittsford Mendon tied for first at his sectional qualifying site on a pair of courses in Purchase, NY. Hall opened with an even par 70 at Old Oaks Country Club and followed that up with a 4-under 67 at Century Country Club.
Both courses were played on the same day. U.S. Open sectional qualifying is traditionally a 36-hole marathon.
Hall was three shots below the 3-under cutline with four holes to play, but birdied the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th (he started on the back nine) to tie Jesse Smith and Geoffrey Sisk for medalist at 4-under. Only four players of the 79 who entered the sectional in Purchase received a ticket to the Open.
Hall was 4-over through his first ten holes of the day, but rallied with birdies on 11, 13, 17 and 18 to finish his opening round at Even par.
His second 18 got off to a super start with birdies at 12 and 13, but Hall gave all that back with a double-bogey 7 at the par-5 15th. Hall birdied 2 and bogeyed 5 to set up the fantastic finish.
Hall is going to Texas in the fall on a golf scholarship. However, he'll now make a stop in Merion, PA first for a tee time at the U.S. Open to play alongside the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. Round 1 is Thursday, June 13th.
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