May 9, 2016
Minnesota Valley CC Results | Minneapolis GC Results | Sioux Falls CC Results
MGA Story on Smith
Golden Gophers assistant coach and alum Justin Smith captured medalist honors at one of Minnesota's two USGA local qualifiers on Monday. Junior William Leaf will also advance to sectional qualifying after tying for fifth at the other. Fellow junior Jose Mendez tied Leaf and is the first alternate. Former Gophers Cameron White and Jon Trasamar also advanced.
With his 3-under-par round of 70, Smith was best in the field at Minnesota Valley Country Club. White went 1-under in the same qualifier, while Leaf and Mendez carded rounds of 74 (+2) at Minneapolis Golf Club. Junior Justin Doeden tied for fifth at the Minnesota Valley CC qualifier. Trasamar played at Sioux Falls Country Club, tying for second with a 70 to advance.
Smith will play at the Woodmont Country Club sectional in Rockmont, Maryland, on June 6. Leaf will wait to find out which of the 10 possible sectionals he will participate in. Sectional qualifying is the second and final step toward making the U.S. Open field.