Three Qualify at UNM for US Open Sectional 0

Albuquerque US Open Qualifier Venue UNM Championship Golf Course

All Three Qualifiers Have ABQ Ties

Albuquerque US Open Qualifier Wil Collins
Ex-Lobo Wil Collins

A Lobo, a former Lobo and a former Albuquerque Academy Charger locked up the three available spots at the Albuquerque US Open qualifier contested at the UNM Championship Golf Course in sunny but breezy conditions Tuesday.

Wil Collins, a MacKenzie Tour Canada player, was joined at 1-under by Chandler Stetson-Smith and Gustavo Morantes.

It was clear that local knowledge of the UNM course came into play.

Collins is a 2002 graduate of UNM. Chandler-Smith is executive director of the Albuquerque homeless-assistance agency, Heading Home. Morantes, from Caracas, Venezuela, is a UNM senior. He was a member of the UNM Lobo Men's Golf Team during the just-concluded season.

The three will advance from the Albuquerque US Open qualifier to sectional qualifying, based on the preferences they indicated on their US Open entry form.

Once local qualifying concludes on May 17, they'll be placed by the USGA in the field of their first- or second-choice sectional venue. The nearest sectionals will be held on June 4 at the Olympic Club Ocean Course in Lake Merced, Calif., and at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas.

The 118th U.S. Open will be played at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., June 14-17.

Other Albuquerque US Open Qualifier News

Of note: Piedra Vista High School in Farmington had two brothers in the Albuquerque US Open qualifier field. Trey Diehl finished T6 at 3-over. His brother Tyler Diehl finished T24. Bowen Davis of Manzano High School, who won last week's boys' individual title at the Shootout in the Desert invitational at the Canyon Club at Four Hills last week, finished with a 5-over 77.

Here are the full results, provided by the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association, which ran the event.

T1 Collins, Wil -1 71
T1 Smith-Stetson, Chandler -1 71
T1 Morantes, Gustavo -1 71
T4 Salome, Anton +2 74
T4 Lee, Tiger +2 74
T6 Dorcey, Craig +3 75
T6 Muttit, David +3 75
T6 Diehl, Trey +3 75
T6 Pelletier, Jere +3 75
T10 Rudosky, Micah +4 76
T10 Green, Galvin +4 76
T10 Armijo, Alejandro +4 76
T10 Condon, Greg +4 76
T10 Carlon, Sean +4 76
T10 Mike Jr., Tony +4 76
T16 Wallace, Austin +5 77
T16 Casey, Riley +5 77
T16 Alcala, Gabriel +5 77
T16 Davis, Bowen +5 77
T20 Boyd, Jamie +6 78
T20 Anaya, Domenique +6 78
T20 Griego, Miguel +6 78
T20 Crampton, Shane +6 78
T24 Fishburn, Lourne +7 79
T24 Diehl, Tyler +7 79
T24 McVay, Tate +7 79
T27 Lane, Brandon +8 80
T27 Gates, Scott +8 80
T27 Roybal , Adam +8 80
30 Estrada, Alex +9 81
T31 Gallegos, Phillip +10 82
T31 Aragon, Justin +10 82
T33 Benavidez, Trevor +11 83
T33 Schreiner, Devin +11 83
T33 Cole, Brad +11 83
T33 Smalley, River +11 83
T33 Thomas, Aidan +11 83
38 Griswold, Sean +12 84
T39 Herrea, Patrick +13 85
T39 Leyendecker, Turner +13 85
T41 Fambro, Josh +15 87
T41 Serafin, Nick +15 87

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Dan Vukelich, former editor of ABQ Free Press and Sun Country Golf magazine, is editor of NewMexicoGolfNews.com. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and the Golf Travel Writers of America. Reach him at [email protected]

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