Whitehead birdied three of his final four holes of golf in regulation to get to four-under par for the day (136) and set up a playoff with Harrison Frazar and Greg Chalmers. Both Frazar and Chalmers advanced out of the playoff and will compete at the U.S. Open June 13-19 at Congressional Country Club in
Justin Leonard, who won the 1997 British Open, is the second alternate out of the Dallas Sectional Qualifier.
Whitehead bogeyed his second hole of the Sectional but came right back with a birdie on his next hole. He also had two birdies on the back nine to finish the morning round with a two-under par 68.
Starting the second round from the 10th tee, the
The U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier was the first professional tournament for Whitehead who recently completed his career at Rice. He was the 2011 Conference USA Golfer of the Year.
Also Monday at the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier played in Columbus, Ohio, 2006 Rice graduate Parker La Barge shot a 140 (68-72) to miss the U.S. Open cut by three strokes.