June 2, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Andrew Dorn, a rising senior with the Coastal Carolina men's golf program, finished fourth at a U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier with a 36-hole score of 137 (70-67). The Springfield Sectional was one of 10 sectionals played across the country Monday and conducted at the par-70 Springfield Country Club.
With a field of 63, the top three players from the Springfield Sectional earned automatic berths to the 2014 U.S. Open, held June 12-15 at historic Pinehurst No.2. Dorn is the top alternate from the Springfield Sectional and is scheduled to be at Pinehurst for the Open in case enough players withdraw between now and June 12 to allow Dorn to play.
Brian Stuard (64-65=129) won the Springfield Sectional with a score of 11-under par for the two rounds on Monday. He was followed by Will Grimmer (70-65=135) and Chris Thompson (66-70=136).
Dorn, who started on the back nine, and Thompson, who started on the front, went back-and-forth most of the afternoon, battling for the third-and-final spot. Dorn put the pressure on with a birdie on his final hole - the par-3 ninth hole. However, Thompson had a birdie on the par-3 13th hole and carded five pars to close his round in order to hold off Dorn by one stroke.
Dorn turned in an even-par round of 70 in the morning session. He had a bogey on the par-3 third hole, a birdie on the par-4 11th hole and 16 pars. In the afternoon - starting on hole 10, he opened with birdies on four of his first six holes. After three pars, he got to 5-under par with a birdie on the first hole - his 10th hole of the afternoon. Dorn would drop to 2-under for the round before rallying with a birdie on his final hole.
A native of West Chester, Ohio, Dorn qualified for the Sectional by shooting a course-record 66 and winning a U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Cincinnati's Maketewa Country Club on May 13. He kept his hot play alive by placing 15th at the NCAA Raleigh Regional later that week, shooting a 1-over par 214 (78-69-67).
Last summer, Dorn won the 113th Men's North & South Amateur Championship which is played annually at Pinehurst No. 2. One of the perks for winning that prestigious event is Dorn having a permanent locker in the clubhouse with such greats as Francis Ouimet, Walter Travis, George Dunlap, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Hal Sutton, Corey Pavin and Davis Love III to name a few.