Nick Nelson was the only man under par in the 72-player field at Hidden Glen.
May 20, 2015
Results | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Recap
Marquette's Nick Nelson shot a 1-under-par 71 to take medalist honors at U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Hidden Glen Golf Club in Cedarburg, Wisconsin and advance to sectional qualifying for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship.
Nelson topped the 72-man field on the strength of a good start - he went out at 3-under-par with three birdies and no bogies on the front nine. After hitting trouble on the back nine with three bogies on the first six holes, Nelson birdied the par-5 18th hole to post the only sub-par round in the field.
With the win, Nelson moves on sectional qualifying on June 8 at Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ohio - competition will consist of 36 holes in one day on the par-72, 6,684 yard layout. The number of sectional qualifiers for the U.S. Open will be determined by the quality and quantity of players at each sectional site.
U.S. Open qualifying begins with nearly 10,000 players, whittled down to 156 final spots for the U.S. Open. This year's championship will be held at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington June 15-21.
Springfield C.C. is one of 10 sectional sites in the United States and one of two in Ohio. Nelson will likely be joined by PGA Tour pros looking to qualify after playing in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, June 1-7.
Nelson finished 10th at the 2015 BIG EAST Championship and was an all-conference selection for the first time this season - his average round score of 74.36 was good for seventh in the BIG EAST in 2014-15. Last season, Nelson qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship.Kelly Kretz
(2011) was the last Marquette player to qualify for the U.S. Open sectionals.