At this time of year, many people are focused on which teams will make the NCAA Men's College World Series or if the Cavs will be able to take down the Warriors in the NBA Finals. But for a few Nebraska natives, their focus is on making it to the 2017 U.S. Open.
McCook's Brandon Crick, Omaha's Carson Schaake and Norfolk's Luke Kluver are competing at three different locations of the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Monday, June 5.
Golfers around the world have an opportunity to qualify for the U.S. Open by playing in local qualifying and then sectional qualifying. In order to become eligible, players must be a professional or have a Handicap Index of 1.4 or lower.
During the first two weeks of May there were a total of 114 local qualifiers throughout 44 states and Canada for the 117th U.S. Open Championship.
Out of 8,979 players only 525 advanced to sectional qualifying. Sectional qualifying is conducted over 36 holes at 10 U.S. sites (May 5) and two overseas sites Japan (May 22) and England (May 29). Golfers who advance from Sectional Qualifying will compete in the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Club June 15-18th.
Crick, Kluver and Schaake competed in the U.S. Open Championship Local Qualifying at the Country Club of Lincoln May 11th. At the local qualifiers, the three low scores of the day would advance to sectional qualifying.
Elkhorn's Scott Gutschewski came in with the low score of 67, Kluver finished second in the 18-hole qualifer with a score of 69 and Crick captured the last spot winning a three-way playoff.
Schaake earned the first alternate spot after shooting a 2-under 70 and was given a spot in the sectional qualifying due to a player withdrawing.
Live scoring is available at usopen.com, you can follow each individual players by selecting their sectional qualifying location.
Crick - Memphis, Tenn Sectional
Kluver - Springfield, Ohio Sectional
Schaake - Columbus, Ohio Sectional
Schaake just wrapped up his collegiate career at University of Iowa. Schaake started off his collegiate career placing 20th at Big Ten Championships and placed 37th at NCAA Regionals.
As a Sophomore Schaake captured the Big Ten individual title and first-team All-Big Ten Honoree, he was named the Division 1 PING All-Midwest Regional Team and competed in the NCAA Regional.
His junior year he placed fourth at the Big Ten Championshps, named to Big Ten All-Championships team and placed 11th in the NCAA Regionals. As a Senior Schaake tied for 33rd in the Big Ten Championships and 35th in the NCAA Regional.
Future Husker Luke Kluver is going into his junior year at Norfolk High School. Kluver won the 2016 NSAA Class A Boys Golf Championships as a freshman and came in second place in the 2017 NSAA Class A Boys Golf Championships. Kluver announced he verbally committed to the University of Nebraska September 20, 2016.
Former Husker Brandon Crick turned pro in 2010. Crick was raised in McCook and began his collegiate career at Gonzaga.
Following his freshman and sophomore year Crick transferred to play at Nebraska University in 2008 for his final two season. As a senior at Nebraska Crick received an individual invitation to compete at an NCAA Regional.