Carson Schaake Claims Medalist Honors at U.S. Open Local Qualifying
OMAHA (May 9, 2019) - Three players advanced out of Local Qualifying for the 2019 U.S. Open Championship on a cold and windy Thursday at Champions Run in Omaha.
Despite the cold temperature, Omaha’s Carson Schaake, the 2014 Nebraska Amateur Golfer of the Year, was hot from the start, and earned medalist honors with a round of 69 (-3). Schaake, now a professional playing on the mini-tours, grew up on the Champions Run course and started his round with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2. He then drove the green on the short par-4 fourth and rolled in the putt for an eagle to get to 4-under through four holes. Schaake cooled off a bit after that, but made it through the difficult back nine in even-par, including birdies on Nos. 11 and 17, to shoot the low round of the day by one stroke.
Just behind Schaake was Rylee Reinertson of Gibbon, who had a much different start, making seven straight pars to begin his round. Reinertson, the 2015 and 2016 Nebraska Amateur Golfer of the Year, made a bogey on the par-3 eighth to end the streak, but then started a new one with birdies on the next three holes to get to 2-under. He then made seven straight pars to close out his round of 70 (-2) to earn the second qualifying spot. Reinertson, who has conditional status on the Mackenzie Tour (PGA Tour Canada), was the only player in the field to break par on the back nine with his 34 (-2).
Omaha’s Philip Maschka finished his round of 73 (+1) early on and had to sweat it out while the rest of the field struggled through the back nine. The conditions and a long back nine took its toll though, and those that were under-par after the front nine, fell behind Maschka by the end of the round. He made three birdies during his round, all on the front nine. Maschka, who recently turned professional, will play on the Dakotas Tour this year.
Omaha’s Alex Schaake, a three-time Nebraska Amateur Champion, and Lincoln’s Jay Moore, both amateur golfers, fell one stroke short, each shooting 74 (+2). They went to a playoff to decide first and second alternate, with Schaake winning to get the first alternate position, and Moore falling to second alternate.
Schaake, Reinertson and Maschka will next play at one of 10 U.S. Open Sectional sites on Monday, June 3. They will have a chance there to qualify for the 119th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California.
Final results can be found on the NGA website here: nebgolf.org/usga-events-and-qualifiers/
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