June 3, 2013
Air Force rising senior Kyle Westmoreland finished in a tie for 22nd place at the U.S. Open Golf Sectional Qualifying Monday at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas, Texas. Westmoreland, who shot a two-under par 69 in the first round, fired a two-over par 73 in the second to finish with an even-par total of 142. The top four finishers from the field of 68 advance to next week's U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.
Westmoreland made the turn at two-under par Monday morning after birdies at Nos. 1 and No. 9, then bogeyed Nos. 12 and 13 to move back to even par. He finished his round with a birdie at 17 and 18. Westmoreland was tied for seventh place after the first round with 1997 British Open champion Justin Leonard and three others.
Westmoreland could not get things rolling in the second round, posting three bogeys and just one birdie. He finished one shot behind Leonard and tied with Scott Verplank, who has recorded a top 10 finish at each of the four major tournaments.
There were 11 sectional sites in the United States on Monday. Played over 36 holes in one day, sectional qualifying is a test of skill and endurance, with only a handful of available spots at each site - the number of qualifying spots is determined by the quality and quantity of the field at each location. With qualifying taking place at 11 sites around the country, U.S.-based sectional qualifying is known as "golf's longest day."