Longhorns young and old successfully maneuvered their way through U.S. Open qualifying and will now join Jordan Spieth at Oakmont.
Wes Short, Jr., who at 52 is enjoying a golf renaissance on the Champions Tour, qualified for his first U.S. Open by going 7-under through two rounds at the qualifying event in Powell, Ohio.
Short turned pro in 1987 and started playing full time on the PGA Tour in 2001. He’s won more money the last three years on the Champions Tour than Short’s made his entire pro career.
“I’m just looking forward to next week,” Short told the American-Statesman in a phone interview. “I need to make sure I play good this week because we’ve got a major this week ourselves. But it’s hard not to look forward to that U.s. Open next week.”
On the other end of the spectrum, current Texas player Scottie Scheffler also qualified after surviving a six-man playoff in Ohio. Scheffler, a 19-year-old sophomore from Highland Park, shot a 69 at the Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club and a 68 at Wedgewood Country Club over two days.
“I am really looking forward to playing in the U.S. Open next week,” said Scheffler, who helped Texas finish second at the NCAA championships last week. “I am glad that I was able to qualify and really looking forward to the experience in Oakmont.”
Doug Ghim, a member of this year’s UT squad, also tried to qualify but finished 1-over par after the two rounds.
The U.S. Open begins next week at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa.
Hossler on hold: Texas junior Beau Hossler’s dream of turning pro may now be on hold after suffering a shoulder injury during the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore.
Hossler, the fourth-ranked amateur golfer in the world, appeared to suffer a left separated shoulder in match play against his former high school teammate, USC’s Andrew Levitt. The injury kept Hossler out of the championship match against Oregon and forced him to withdraw from U.S. Open qualifying.
“I have not made a decision,” Hossler said via text on Tuesday. “I will be exploring opportunities in the coming weeks, and will gather the info necessary to make a decision. Nothing yet.”
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