June 4, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The road to Merion proved to be a joyous one for two former Michigan State men's golfers on Monday, as Matt Harmon and Randall Hutchison qualified for the 2013 U.S. Open at the Sectional Qualifying site in Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. The pair will tee it up at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., on June 13-16.
"I join the rest of the Spartan Family in congratulating Matt and Randall for qualifying for the U.S. Open Championship," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubhan. "These young professionals continue to climb the ladder of professional golf, but they have never forgotten where they came from and they keep working away at their dream. I can only imagine how excited they will be to get to Merion."
Harmon and Hutchison were among the eight who advanced through from Woodmont, one of the 11 Sectional Qualifying sites across the country. Hutchison shared medalist honors carding a two-round total of 9-under par 132, while Harmon tied for fifth with a 6-under par 135.
Harmon will be playing in his fourth career PGA Tour event, having competed in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Buick Opens. Meanwhile, Hutchison will be in his third PGA event, also playing in the 2009 Buick Open and the 2012 John Deere Classic. Both Harmon and Hutchison are members of the Web.com Tour.
The pair will be the sixth and seventh Spartans to play in the U.S. Open and the first since John Koskinen in 2007. The other MSU golfers to have played in the U.S. Open include Steve Cole (1972), Steve Benson (1983), Gary Domagalski (1981), Lynn Janson (1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985) and Koskinen (2006, 2007).
A 2007 third-team All-American, Harmon is second in Michigan State history in career scoring average at 73.51, while owning three of the top-15 lowest single-season marks. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native helped the Spartans to two Big Ten Championships (2005 and 2007), placing third individually as a senior in 2007.
Hutchison, a Traverse City native, was a four-time letterwinner at Michigan State from 2005-09. A first-team All-Big Ten and PING All-Midwest Region selection as a junior, Hutchison finished his Spartan career ranked seventh on the career scoring list at 74.94.
Two other former Spartans advanced to U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, but narrowly missed a bid yesterday. Jack Newman tied for 11th at Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tenn., a location where the top-9 advanced, after shooting a 2-under par 141. Ryan Brehm shot an even par 140 and also tied for 11th, but at Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ohio, where only two golfers qualified.