USF Bulls trio tries to make the U.S. Open field

The U.S. Open tees off in early June and three USF Bulls are hoping to make the field of 156 players.

"You have 36 holes," said sophomore Chase Koepka. "Anything can happen."

That's all that stands in the way of Koepka and his USF teammates, Richard James and Trey Valentine. Each of them has made it through to the sectional qualifying round for one of the biggest tournaments of the year.

"Hopefully it's three Bulls that go," said James. "That'd be pretty cool."

James (67) and Koepka (66) led the field in local qualifying at Lake Jovita Golf Club in Dade City. Valentine shot 68 in West Palm Beach to make the next round of competition.

Three players from the same school making it this far in qualifying is nearly unheard of.

"Yeah, it's very rare," said head coach Chris Malloy.

Koepka's older brother, Brooks, played in the 2012 U.S. Open and Chase caddied for him at the event. Now, little brother is trying to make it into the field on his own. He is the first player in USF history post a below-par scoring average for an entire season.

The sectional qualifying will be held at Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach on June 2. What began as a record 10,127 applicants will be whittled down to just a handful of amateurs from around the world who earn a berth to play in one of golf's four annual major tournaments.


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