Daniel Chopra, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour who now plays on the Web.com Tour, shot 11 under par for 36 holes and was first among five golfers who qualified for the U.S. Open at Canoe Brook Country Club.
Among the other qualifiers in the sectional at Summit, New Jersey, were amateurs Christopher Crawford of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, and Scott Harvey of Greensboro, North Carolina, both at 8 under. Crawford, a former player at Drexel, had qualified at Canoe Brook last year by sinking a 40-foot putt on the final hole. This time, he made it with a stroke to spare, tying with Web.com player Andy Pope, one ahead of fellow qualifier Matthew Campbell, a minitour player from upstate Rome.
Matt Dobyns, head pro at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, was the top Long Island finisher at 4 under. He tied for 10th with seven players, including Web.com Tour member and Rockville Centre native Marc Turnesa. Michael Furci of Sayville shot 3 under.
In a U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifier in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, Annie Park of Levittown shot 5 over and missed the cut.