Westmoreland Tied For 8th After First Round at Sectional Qualifying

June 3, 2013

Air Force rising senior Kyle Westmoreland sits in a tie for eighth place after the first round of the U.S. Open Golf Sectional Qualifying Monday at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas, Texas. Westmoreland began his second round of the day at 1:05 (CT). The top four finishers from the field of 68 advance to next week’s U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

Westmoreland made the turn at two-under par Monday morning after a birdie at No. 1 and No. 9, then bogeyed Nos. 12 and 13 to move back to even par. He finished his round with a birdie at 17 and 18. Westmoreland is tied with 1997 British Open champion Justin Leonard and three others.

There are 11 sectional sites in the United States on Monday. Played over 36 holes in one day, sectional qualifying is a test of skill and endurance, with only a handful of available spots at each site - the number of qualifying spots is determined by the quality and quantity of the field at each location. With qualifying taking place at 11 sites around the country, U.S.-based sectional qualifying is known as "golf's longest day."

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