The road to Oakmont and the 2016 U.S. Open started today for four local golfers.
Jeff Schaller, a three-time Ulster County Amateur champion, was the low local finisher, shooting a 5-over-par 76 at Mohawk Golf Club in Niskayuna. Schaller tied for 17th. The top four golfers advanced to section qualifying.
Monroe’s Colby Lewis carded a 13-over 84 and finished tied for 54th. Chris Ferraro, the 2013 Ulster County champion, shot 15-over 86 (65th) and Kingston sophomore Jake Hommel finished 66th with a 16-over 87.
Cornwall senior Ryan Rodriguez, a two-time Section 9 champion, is one of 114 golfers, playing for six qualifying position Tuesday at Old Westbury Golf & Country Club.
Qualifiers advance to section play. John Stoltz, the 2005 Met Open champion and 2002 Minisink Valley graduate is also in the field at Old Westbury. Stoltz is the new golf professional at Osiris Country Club in Walden.
Here’s the list of locals looking to advance out of local qualifying:
Old Westbury Golf & Country Club (May 10, 6 qualifying positions): Pat Mainey (amateur, Newburgh); Ian Orr (Liberty graduate); Ryan Rodriguez (Cornwall senior) John Stoltz (Osiris CC pro, Minisink Valley graduate)
Hollywood GC, Deal, N.J. (May 12, 4 qualifying positions): Doug Kleeschulte (amateur, Kingston graduate)
Willow Ridge CC (May 16, 8 qualifying positions): Tyler Cline (amateur, Tuxedo); Dave Fusco (Monroe-Woodbury graduate); Joey Spivak (Monroe); Nick Yaun (Liberty graduate).
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