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Five Pennsylvania golfers advance out of U.S. Open local qualifier at Country Club of York

STAFF REPORT
  • A local qualifier for the U.S. Open golf tournament was held Wednesday at Country Club of York.
  • Five Pennsylvania golfers advanced to sectional qualifying. All five shot even par or better.
  • None of the York County golfers in the field advanced to sectional qualifying.
  • Central York senior Joe Parrini had the top score among local players with a 72, tying for seventh.

Five Pennsylvania golfers slogged through soggy conditions on Wednesday at the Country Club of York to keep alive their dreams of competing in the U.S. Open.

Former Central York High School standout Joe Parrini finished tied for seventh in a U.S. Open local qualifier at the Country Club of York on Wednesday, shooting a 2-over-par 72. Only the top five players advanced to sectional qualifying. YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO

A local qualifier for the Open, featuring more than 70 players, was held on the Donald Ross layout. Only five of the players would earn berths into the next — and final — round of sectional qualifying.

Among those moving on were Connor Sheehan of Quarryville and David Hilgers of Hershey, who tied for the day's top score at 1-under-par 69.

Also advancing, after tying for third at even-par 70, were Steven Kluemper of Bethlehem, Craig Hornberger of Lancaster and Alex Blickle of Reading.

The qualifier was open to amateurs and professionals who have a USGA handicap of 1.4 or better.

Those five players still have a chance to compete in the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York, from Thursday through Sunday, June 14-17, provided they can get through sectional qualifying. 

York County golfers: There were a number of York County golfers competing, most notably, Central York High School senior Joe Parrini, who tied for seventh at 2-over 72. Parrini struggled on the front nine, making four bogeys and shooting a 3-over-par 38. Parrini has committed to play NCAA Division I college golf at the University of Arizona.

Last year, Parrini advanced into the sectional round by tying for medalist honors at the CCY local qualifier with a 1-under-par 69. He fell short of qualifying for the Open in 2017, however, when he finished 27th in a sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland.

The other York County golfers competing Thursday were: York's Brandon Knaub, 74, tied for 17th; Spring Grove's Karl Frisk, 76, tied for 32nd; York's Andrew Forjan, 78, tied for 42nd; York's Jonathan Michael Giambalvo, 80, tied for 53rd; Dillsburg's Austin Schreffler, 81, tied for 58th; and York Haven's Michael Disante, 82, tied for 64th. York's Blake Sebring was scheduled to play, but did not compete.

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