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Five local golfers fail to qualify for U.S. Open

By: Warren Mayes

Five local qolfers, including two amateurs failed this week to qualify for a spot in the upcoming U.S. Open.

Chris Naegel, of Wildwood, missed the cut by three strokes in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying. He had earned a spot last year in the U.S. Open.

Manchester native Scott Langley, 30, of Scottsdale, Ariz., did not qualify playing at RattleSnake Point Golf Club in Milton, Canada.

Langley shot a 142. The cut was 140. Langley, a Parkway South and University of Illinois graduate, has competed in four U.S. Opens and tied for low amateur with Russell Henley in 2010 at Pebble Beach when they tied for 16th.

Langley, who won the 2010 NCAA individual championship as a member of the University of Illinois team, claimed his first Web.com Tour title last year. He is the first alumnus of The First Tee to play on the PGA Tour.

Two players attempted to qualify at the Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ohio.

Chris Naegel missed the cut by three strokes. The Wildwood native, a pro who graduated from Marquette High and Missouri Baptist, shot a 139. The cut was 136.

Naegel, 35, played in the 2018 Open that was held at Shinnecock Hills in Southhampton, N.Y. He made the cut and played all four rounds. Naegel finished tied for 56th with a 297. He won$25,426.

Crimson Callahan, of Chesterfield, also competed in Springfield. He shot a 146.

“It was disappointing but I learned a lot,” said Callahan, who recently finished his sophomore year at Western Kentucky. He will be transferring to a new school this fall.

Adam Long, a Francis Howell and Duke graduate, missed the cut at the Brookside Golf & Country Club and Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. Long shot a 144. The cut was 137.

Drew Lilly, a MICDS graduate who will be a senior at SMU, shot a 144 at the Bent Tree Country Club & Northwood Club in Dallas. The cut was 138.

“I also recently participated in US Open Local and Sectional qualifying in Dallas,” Lilly said. “In Local Qualifying at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, I ended up tying for fourth and came in as the low amateur in the field with a 68. I then moved onto Sectional Qualifying where I tied for 45th with rounds of 72-72.”

The 199th U.S. Open will be played June 13-16 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.

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