Pairings for the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Canoe Brook in New Jersey were just announced. One of the most intriguing for the locals is that of Adam Fuchs, a Long Island pro who plays on mini tours. He will play 36 holes with Kevin Stadler, who has played many events on the PGA Tour and is the son of former Masters champion Craig Stadler.
Other Long Island head pros, assistant pros and mini-tour pros playing that day will be Jack Druga (Shinnecock Hills), Rick Hartmann (Atlantic), Paul Dickinson (Montauk Downs), Mike Meehan (Nassau Country Club), Jimmy Hazen and Joseph Horowitz.
Also, Michael Furci of Sayville, who plays for DePaul, made it through local qualifying in Illinois and will be in the field.
And one prominent Long Island native will be playing. Len Mattiace, who grew up in Jericho before becoming a winner on the PGA Tour and nearly winning the Masters in 2003 (losing to Mike Weir in a playoff), made it through qualifying in Florida.
The top (undetermined number of) qualifiers Monday will earn places in the U.S. Open this month at Pebble Beach.
One thing is certain. The qualifier at Canoe Brook this time will be much quieter than the one held at the same club in 2006. Back then, Michelle Wie played in it and almost made it to the Open, playing alongside Hartmann who said at the time all the attention was “great for golf.”