Jesse Speirs of Bangor missed Thursday in his attempt to qualify for this year’s U.S. Open Golf Championship.
Speirs, playing in his first event as a pro, shot a 2-over-par 73 in the local qualifier at Ridgeway Country Club in Memphis, five strokes behind the final qualifier.
There were approximately 80 players competing for five spots in a sectional qualifier. Golfers who make the cut there go to the U.S. Open.
Hampden native John Hickson, who now lives in Topsham, is an alternate for a sectional berth after shooting a 70 Wednesday at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.
“I felt pretty good, even though it was my first tournament in eight months,” said Speirs, who won the Maine Amateur last July.
Speirs said he just missed a birdie on No. 10, his first hole, but did birdie the next hole.
“Then I made a bad bogey on 12, a short, little par-3,” he said.
He parred the next four and went under par again for his round with a birdie on 17. He missed a short birdie putt on 18, and missed another birdie attempt on No. 1. He bogeyed No. 2 to fall back to even and bogeyed twice more before the end of the round.
“Too many bogeys and not enough birdies,” said Speirs.
He said he played in a local qualifier at the same club a couple of years ago and the scores weren’t nearly as low as Thursday’s.
“I didn’t think they would be this low, but I knew when I finished that 73 wasn’t good enough,” said Speirs.