NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Having just finished competing in the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma as a member of the Arizona State University men's golf team, Scott Pinckney quickly shifted his focus to something he had long sought to accomplish — qualifying for the prestigious U.S. Open.
It's been a busy last week for the senior, but patience and a consistent short game helped him achieve his goal.
Pinckney shot a two-round score of 137 to tie for first with Matthew Edwards on Monday in a sectional qualifying round for the major championship at fabled Oakmont Country Club.
The 111th rendition of the U.S. Open, one of four majors and one of 13 championships conducted by the United States Golf Assn., will be held June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
For Pinckney, it will be his first appearance in the championship after he registered 21 pars and 10 birdies on the 6,861-yard course.