Sixteen-Year-Old Qualifies for Open

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Derek Tolan, a 16-year-old amateur from Highlands Ranch, Colo., holed a 30-foot chip-in birdie on the first playoff hole Monday to earn the second spot in U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at Columbine Country Club.
 
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The Columbine Country Club had 31 players competing for two spots and after Tolan's chip-in found the bottom of the cup, PGA Tour professional Mike Reid and Mike Zaremba were reduced to alternate status.
 
'I never felt so nervous and so excited in my whole life,' said Tolan, who just completed his sophomore year in high school. 'It hasn't sunk in yet. I remember thinking to myself that the chip didn't have a chance but somehow it went in.'
 
Tolan won this year's Arizona Junior Classic and played in both the 2001 U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Amateur Championship.
 
Tolan joined Ben Portie as qualifiers from Columbine Country Club. Portie carded a 9-under-par 135 Monday as he earned medalist honors at the 36-hole qualifying event.
 
Peter Lonard headlined the largest qualifying group Monday in Rockville, Md., at Woodmont Country Club when he fired a 15-under-par 138. Thirty-three of 34 spots were filled in Maryland on Monday and a 12-man playoff will take place for the final berth Tuesday morning. Hank Kuehne, Dennis Paulson, Duffy Waldorf and Bob May, the 2000 PGA Championship runner-up to Tiger Woods, are among the players who will fight for the last spot from Woodmont.
 
Among the players who qualified in Maryland Monday were Steve Pate, Tim Herron, Blaine McCallister and Charles Howell III, who lost an automatic bid when he fell out of the top 50 in the World Golf Rankings the week of the Memorial.
 
Fred Couples, the 1992 Masters champion, will not compete in this year's U.S. Open in two weeks. He missed a spot in the field when posted an even-par 143 at Woodmont.
 
Steve Flesch set a course record at the TPC at River's Bend in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his first-round 64. He added a 71 in the second 18 to earn the final of three spots. Todd Rose was the medalist in Ohio with an 11-under-par 133 and Ian Leggatt, the 2002 Tucson Open champion, earned the other berth in the field.
 
Ryan Moore, who plays collegiately at UNLV, outlasted 16 other players for the lone spot out of The Reserve Vineyards in Oregon. Moore, the 2001 U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up, shot a 6-under-par 138.
 
At Lake Merced Golf and Country Club in California, Andy Miller, son of 1973 U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller, set the pace with a 7-under-par 135. PGA Tour player Paul Goydos and amateur Ricky Barnes will join Miller in the 2002 U.S. Open.
 
Britain's Justin Rose, who won the British Masters over the weekend, withdrew from qualifying at Lake Merced.
 
Inclement weather stopped play Monday at Biltmore Country Club in Illinois. Thunderstorms caused a near four-hour delay Monday and only 14 players completed their first rounds. Play will resume Tuesday morning to find the three qualifiers from the Biltmore.
 
Sectional qualifying will also take place at six other sites Tuesday.
 
The 2002 U.S. Open is scheduled from June 13-16 at Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y.
 
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