Coastal’s Dorn earns spot in US Open as an alternate

ccugolf-dornopenCoastal Carolina rising senior Andrew Dorn thought he was going to be watching the US Open on television after just missing out on the last qualifying spot. As it turns out, Dorn will be in Pinehurst (NC) competing wth the world’s best.

Dorn finished fourth at Monday’s U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier with a 36-hole score of 137 (70-67), one shot short of earning a coveted spot in the field. He had to settle for the first alternate spot and has spent the days since awaiting a phone call informing him of an opening. The call came Wednesday morning after Thomas Bjorn withdrew, sending the Chanticleer to Pinehurst.

The Springfield Sectional was one of 10 sectionals played across the country Monday and conducted at the par-70 Springfield Country Club. With a field of 63, the top three players from the Springfield Sectional earned automatic berths to the 2014 U.S. Open, held June 12-15 at historic Pinehurst No.2.

Brian Stuard (64-65=129) won the Springfield Sectional with a score of 11-under par for the two rounds on Monday. He was followed by Will Grimmer (70-65=135) and Chris Thompson (66-70=136).

A native of West Chester, Ohio, Dorn qualified for the Sectional by shooting a course-record 66 and winning a U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Cincinnati’s Maketewa Country Club on May 13. He kept his hot play alive by placing 15th at the NCAA Raleigh Regional later that week, shooting a 1-over par 214 (78-69-67).

Last summer, Dorn won the 113th Men’s North & South Amateur Championship which is played annually at Pinehurst No. 2. One of the perks for winning that prestigious event is Dorn having a permanent locker in the clubhouse with such greats as Francis Ouimet, Walter Travis, George Dunlap, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Hal Sutton, Corey Pavin and Davis Love III to name a few.

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