Dupont’s Brandon Matthews made it through the first step of qualifying for next month’s U.S. Open when he was one of four players to shoot even-par 72 Wednesday during local qualifying at the Country Club of Scranton.
Matthews, a former state high school champion from Pittston Area, in his first full season as a professional. He is one of the leaders on the PGA Latinoamerica Tour where in March he became the youngest U.S. born tournament champion ever at 22.
U.S. Open local qualifying included 9,485 players at 113 sites in 18-hole events through Thursday.
Those who advanced still have to get through sectional qualifying to make the U.S. Open, one of pro golf’s four majors, June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Wisc.
Sectional qualifying begins Tuesday and players have their choice of which sectional to attend.
Matthews finished tied with Hawley’s John Pillar, the Country Club at Woodloch Springs head professional who has made it through qualifying to reach the U.S. Open in the past, as well as T.J. Howe from Osceola and Andrew Turner from Honeybrook.
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