UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – A strong contingent of amateurs qualified for this U.S. Open.
A good number are sticking around for the weekend, too.
Sixteen amateurs were in the field this week at Chambers Bay, the most since there were 18 in 1981.
Six amateurs, led by former Illinois standout Brian Campbell (T-12), made the 36-hole cut, the most in 49 years.
Campbell birdied two of his first three holes Friday and briefly grabbed a share of the lead.
“I walked underneath the big leaderboard and I saw my name up there, so that was pretty cool to at least have that today,” he said. “I definitely want a little more of that.”
The other amateurs who will play the weekend: Florida State junior Jack Maguire (+1), former Georgia Tech star Ollie Schniederjans (+2), Texas junior Beau Hossler (+3), former Virginia All-American Denny McCarthy (+4) and Illinois sophomore Nick Hardy (+5), whose final-hole bogey allowed 15 other pros to make the cut.
Hossler qualified for his third Open as an amateur, joining Jack Nicklaus as the only players to accomplish the feat.
“Obviously it’s nice making it here,” he said, “but I’m trying to contend. That’s the goal.”