Last week I got the opportunity to spend the week at the 1st Canadian Tour Event of the season in Vancouver with Lucas Herbert and Max Greyserman. Both Herby and Max made the cut in Canada, with some great signs for the season ahead and Monday's US Open sectional qualifier in Portland Oregon.
The 36 Hole qualifier is known as the longest day in golf, and with a US Open spot on the line, you can see it how it is a long, stressful day.
Its events like these that I love the most, as we get the opportunity to learn so much about the processes we have built as a team and how they stand up under some of the most pressure-packed situations in golf.
Both the boys started with a solid opening round, Herby shooting a -5 66 to be T2nd and Max shooting a -4 67 to be sitting in 4th. The qualifier being held at Portland was giving away 4 spots total, so as you can see after the 1st round both the boys were inside the cut line.
Halfway through the second round, Herby began to put some great golf together, shooting -4 on his front nine holes to take the outright lead. Max was floating in and outside the number for most of the day, ultimately having to birdie his last hole to even have a glimpse at one of the 4 spots. Max did a great job of birdieing his final hole which got him into a playoff for the 1st alternate spot, where he proceeded to birdie the 1st playoff hole and win the crucial 1st alternate spot for the US Open. This gives max the right to head to Shinnecock Hills and practice and prepare for the event as if he were in the field, which in itself will be another great experience and opportunity to grow as a golfer.
Herby played nearly flawless golf coming in and once he eagled the 15th hole to take a 3 shot lead over 2nd place and a 7 shot lead over 3rd, he knew he just had to keep it in play to earn a spot in his 1st Major Championship. Herby birdied his final hole and shot a super -7 64 and locked up a spot at the 2018 US Open.
One of the great aspects of this day for me was that Herby had one of his best mates caddying for him, Craig Grigson. Craig and Herby have been mates for years, where they met playing golf at Neangar Park GC in Bendigo Australia.
I couldn't be prouder of both Herby and Max for the way they handled the intense pressure of US Open Qualifying and fingers crossed Max can get a start in his 2nd US Open after qualifying last year as an amateur.
Look forward to keeping you all updated with our week at Shinnecock Hills next week and everyone is enjoying their golf!