Central York High School standout Joe Parrini took his best shot at a spot in the U.S. Open on Monday during sectional qualifying at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland.
The U.S. Open is often referred to as the toughest test in golf.
Presented by the United States Golf Association, the beauty of the event is that it gives everyone a chance to compete against the world’s best, regardless of professional or amateur status.
After passing through local, single-round qualifiers, players needed to earn a top spot in Monday’s 36-hole sectional qualifying in order to earn a spot in the Open.
Unfortunately for the defending York-Adams League and District 3 Class 3-A champion Parrini, the dream came to an end after a two-round total of 6-over-par 150. That was good enough for a tie for 27th place.
Sam Ryder, of Longwood, Florida, fired a blistering 10-under-par 62 during his first round and then cruised to medalist honors with a 1-under 71 for a 133 total. Ryder is 20th on the Web.com Tour money list. Greenville, South Carolina’s Kyle Thompson finished second with a 137 and Ben Kohles, of Sea Island, Georgia, was third with a 138.
Parrini had earned his spot at Woodmont by tying for medalist honors and firing a 1-under-par 69 on May 11 at Country Club of York in a local qualifier.
The par-5 holes were where Parrini did the most damage at Woodmont, playing them at 2-under for the day (three birdies, four pars and one bogey).
However, it was a rough close to his day, one that saw him fire a 3-over-par 39 for his closing nine, which kept him from a higher finish.
At Woodmont, 50 players were trying to capture one of three spots available in the June 15-18 major championship, to be contested at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.
Parrini was among good company Monday. The field also included numerous professional players. In fact, Parrini was one of only 12 amateurs in the 50-man field.
One of the pro players present Monday was Jason Gore, who has one PGA Tour title and seven victories on the Web.com Tour. Gore played in the final group of the 2005 U.S. Open and ranks 16th on the Web.com Tour money list. Gore didn't make the U.S. Open, tying for 15th at 145.
Also at Woodmont Monday were, Billy Hurley III (winner of the 2016 Quicken Loans National at nearby Congressional Country Club), Dan McCarthy (four-time winner on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada last year and currently ranked 64th on the Web.com Tour money list) and Thompson (seventh on the Web.com Tour money list).