Carson Schaake Catches Fire at U.S. Open Local Qualifying
BEATRICE (May 10, 2021) - Almost two years to the day from the last U.S. Open Qualifier in Nebraska, Carson Schaake of Omaha again earned medalist honors with an incredible round of 64 (-8). Three total players advanced out of Local Qualifying for the 2021 U.S. Open Championship on an ideal day at Beatrice Country Club on Monday.
Schaake, the 2014 Nebraska Amateur Golfer of the Year, caught fire midway through his round and earned medalist honors with a round of 64 (-8). Schaake, now a professional playing on the mini-tours, also shot the low round in 2019 U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Champions Run in Omaha.
After a couple of early birdies, Schaake's round took off with an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole, as he made the turn in 32 (-4). He added birdies on Nos. 11, 12 and 14, before wedging it close on No. 17 and rolling in another putt for his eighth birdie of the day. There's some uncertainty about the course record at Beatrice Country Club, which is likely either 63 or 64. Some members thought Schaake might have tied the record, since the course was lengthened to its now 7,100+ yardage.
McCook's Brandon Crick took the second qualifying spot, putting together a round of 67 (-5). The Korn Ferry Tour pro played in the 2013 U.S. Open, but has not advanced past Final Qualifying since. Crick made four birdies on the front nine, and then birdied both of the par-5s on the back nine to finish second.
Omaha's Ryan Vermeer shot a 68 (-4) to grab the third and final qualifying spot. The Director of Instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha earned an exemption to the 2020 U.S. Open, and could add another major championship start to his resume. He made four birdies on the back nine to erase a couple bogeys and take the spot by one stroke.
Norfolk's Luke Kluver finished a stroke shy of the last spot, with a 69 (-3), and he'll be the first alternate. Kelly Brown, a former Omaha Maverick from Oberlin, Kansas, is the second alternate after a round of 70 (-2).
Schaake, Crick and Vermeer will next play at one of 10 U.S. Open Final Qualifying sites on Monday, June 7. They will have a chance there to qualify for the 121st U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California.
Final results can be found on the NGA website here: nebgolf.org/usga-events-and-qualifiers/
For more info on the U.S. Open visit the championship website here: usopen.com
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