Byrd, Gogel Qualify for U.S. Senior Open

Byrd, Gogel Qualify for U.S. Senior Open

OMAHA (June 7, 2021) – Robin Byrd of Satellite Beach, Florida and Matt Gogel of Mission Hills, Kansas advanced to the 2021 U.S. Senior Open Championship on Monday through qualifying at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha.

Byrd earned medalist honors with a round of 69 (-2), while Gogel was just a stroke behind at 70 (-1) to claim the second and final spot. They'll both play next at the 41st U.S. Senior Open just up the road at Omaha Country Club.

Robin Byrd (left) of Satellite Beach, Florida and Matt Gogel (right) of Mission Hills, Kansas qualified for the 41st U.S. Senior Open.

Byrd, a longtime professional who has been competing on the PGA Tour Champions since 2011, opened his round on fire. With birdies on four of his first seven holes, Byrd made the turn in 31 (-4). After a bogey on No. 11 and a double-bogey on No. 14, he rebounded with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to get his lead back. A closing bogey gave him a back nine 38 (+2), but scoring proved to be difficult on Monday at Happy Hollow and he remained the low score.

Gogel, 50, is in his first year as a senior golfer, and has plenty of success as a professional. He owns one PGA Tour victory, the 2002 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and six more Korn Ferry Tour wins, including the 1998 Omaha Classic at Champions Run.

Gogel also had a strong start, with birdies on two of his first three holes. After dropping back to even-par with a couple bogeys, Gogel rolled in birdies on two of his last three holes to finish off his round of 70 (-1) and best three players at even-par.

Michael McCoy of Norwalk, Iowa, Jonathan Kaye of Phoenix, Arizona and Charlie Stevens of Wichita, Kansas all shot rounds of 71 (E). After a playoff, McCoy claimed the first alternate spot, while Stevens took the second alternate spot.

Byrd has played in three previous U.S. Senior Opens, including 2013 at Omaha Country Club where he missed the cut. This will be Gogel's first appearance. The 41st U.S. Senior Open is scheduled for July 8-11, 2021 at Omaha Country Club.

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