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Throughout our lives we have all had to deal with airline companies losing our luggage. The anger and frustration caused from finding out that your luggage never made the connecting flight or ended up in the wrong city can be just one of the stressors of traveling. Next time you get involved in this inconvenient situation just remember the name Scott Gardiner.
Gardiner flew into Ohio from Australia Sunday night in preparation for his Monday qualifier in Columbus. However, one very important thing was missing. His clubs. The airline lost he clubs in transit and as a result, Gardiner had to compile a makeshift set from multiple staff members at the Lakes Golf and Country Club where he was playing. Normally playing a bag complete with Taylormade clubs, Gardiner's bag on Monday consisted of an Adams driver and hybrid, Callaway fairway woods, Nike irons, Titleist wedges, and a Ping putter.
Not hitting a single shot with any of these "new" clubs before his 8:10am tee time, Gardiner went out and shot a 7-under 65 in his morning round. While he was unable to qualify, the PGA Tour rookie showed us all how to make the best out of what could have been a horrible situation.
While Gardner was not successful in his qualifying efforts, several local golfers were successful on golf's longest day. Playing in that same Columbus qualifier, new Palm Beach Gardens resident Nicholas Thompson shot rounds of 68 and 66 to earn one of the 15 spot awarded. His two round total of 10-under par was good enough to put him in a tie for second in a qualifier that featured numerous PGA Tour pros fresh off their week playing at the Memorial.
The other sectional qualifying site that featured a long list of PGA Tour pros was the qualifier at Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tennessee. With Memphis being the spot of this week's Tour stop, several golfers used the day to try and qualify for the U.S. Open. Both Morgan Hoffman and Andrew Svoboda were successful in coming out of the qualifier. Hoffman, a Loxahatchee River resident shot rounds of 69 and 68 to finish in a tie for fourth, while Svoboda, who is also a new resident of Palm Beach Gardens shot a tow round score of 4-under to get the final qualifying spot.
The other qualifier that saw local golfers advance was the event in Purchase, New York. Jim Herman, a member at Trump National in Jupiter earned the final qualifying spot, shooting a two round total of 3-under, while Sunny Kim of Palm Beach Gardens shot rounds of 68 and 72 to earn the second alternate spot. If two of the players who qualified out of the Purchase, New York qualifier are unable to play in the U.S. Open then Kim would get the chance to play.
The 57 players that qualified for the U.S. Open will join the likes of Tiger Woods (Jupiter Island) and Rory Mcllroy (Palm Beach Gardens) in Pennsylvania next week for our national championship of golf. For a complete list of all the qualifiers from Monday visit www.usopen.com.