men's golfers present and past will be competing today when current Owl freshman Brandon Matthews
and former Owl Geoff Sisk tee up at the Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. with four spots in the 2013 U.S. Open field on the line. The 2013 U.S. Open will be played at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. from June 10-16.
Matthews had a stellar freshman season for the Cherry and White, placing second in the A-10 Championship to earn All-Conference honors and winning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. He was also named to the PING All-Northeast Region team.
To earn his spot in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier, Matthews sunk a birdie putt on the 18th green to shoot a 76 and place himself in a three-way tie for low score of the day in a local qualifier at the Country Club of SC in Clark Summit, Pa.
Sisk, a 1987 graduate of Temple and a four-time honorable mention All-American, will also be competing for a spot in the 2013 U.S. Open. Turning pro in 1988, Sisk has played in 40 PGA Tour events including six U.S. Opens, most recently in 2011 (1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011). His best U.S. Open finish came in 1999 at Pinehurst when he finished tied for 30th.
To earn his spot in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier, Sisk shot a 68 in a local qualifier at the Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.
The Century Country Club opened in 1908 and is a 6,807-yard par 71 course, while the Old Oaks Country Club opened in 1927 and is a 6,503-yard par 70 course. This is the first time in three years that the Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club will be hosting a sectional qualifier.
Golf Channel will carry all-day coverage of all 11 U.S. Open sectional qualifiers today, also known as “Golf's Longest Day.” Jerry Foltz
will be the Golf Channel correspondent at the sectional qualifier featuring Matthews and Sisk. Follow the action from the Golf Channel's online stream
or from their social media lounge