Erdy is a First Alternate for U.S. Open
June 10, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - David Erdy, a rising sophomore on the IU men's golf team, is a first alternate for the U.S. Open after winning a six-man playoff at the Dayton sectional qualifying site. If one of four qualifiers from that sectional becomes unavailable to play next week, Erdy would be headed to Bethpage Black for the PGA major.
The Boonville, Ind., native carded a two-round total of 137 (67-70) at the NCR Country Club, just one stroke away from placing himself in a playoff for the automatic qualifier.
After completing his second round, Erdy waited anxiously at the leaderboard, knowing he had a legitimate shot to qualify for the U.S. Open at the age of 19 years old. With just one scorecard yet to be turned in, Erdy owned the fourth and final qualifying spot. The last score was Vaughn Snyder's 136, however, pushing Erdy into a six-way tie for fifth place.
Unfazed, Erdy stuck his approach shot on the second hole and sunk the birdie putt to earn the first alternate selection.
Erdy advanced to the sectional qualifier in Dayton by winning medalist honors at a local qualifier in French Lick on May 11. He fired a 68 on the Donald Ross Course at the French Lick Resort.
Teammate Paul Park, also advanced to a U.S. Open sectional qualifier with his round of 69 at a local qualifier played on the Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, N.Y. Park, playing in his second sectional qualifier in the last three years, shot 148 (75-73) at the Purchase, N.Y. sectional.
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