The field of 45 players has been announced for the WA Golf-hosted U.S. Open Final Qualifier on Monday, June 7th at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland, Wash.
Inside the field:
Cullen Brasfield of La Quinta, Calif., tried the professional ranks for a short time after playing at the University of San Diego and University of Nevada. He then lived on the beach in San Diego while working at both Del Mar Country Club and a restaurant. Brasfield later battled cancer successfully but has side effects from the radiation treatment. He would eventually meet his wife, an optometrist, and they run a practice together. He returned to golf in 2015 and recently qualified for two USGA amateur championships. Brasfield advanced through the Bermuda Dunes, Calif., local qualifier on May 6.
John Catlin of Gold River, Calif., is seeking a spot in his first U.S. Open. He captured his third PGA European Tour event on April 18 when he won the Austrian Golf Open in a five-hole playoff. Catlin, who played at the University of New Mexico, started as a professional on PGA Tour Canada and went on to the Asian Development Tour. He was the Asian Tour’s top player in 2018 after winning three times.
Noah Goldman of Albany, Ore., is in his fourth year as an assistant golf coach at Oregon State University. The Beavers tied for second in this year’s NCAA Albuquerque Regional, the program’s best finish, and qualified for the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2010. Goldman shot 69 in the Canby, Ore., local qualifier and advanced along with OSU junior Nolan Thoroughgood of Victoria, B.C. who is the youngest player to win the BC Amateur.
Joe Highsmith of Lakewood, Wash., was the medalist in the La Quinta, Calif., local qualifier. He won the Western Intercollegiate and has seven top-10 tournament finishes as a junior at Pepperdine University. Highsmith earned All-West Region honors as a sophomore and was the WCC Freshman of the Year in 2019. Highsmith, who won the 2019 Sahalee Players Championship, became the youngest player to win the Washington State Amateur in 2017 and reached the quarterfinals of the 2020 North & South Amateur.
Daniel Kim of Mukilteo, Wash., is a regular competitor on the Washington Junior Golf Association circuit. In 2018, at age 14, he qualified to play in the Washington Men’s Amateur, held that year at Gamble Sands. He won the 2018 WJGA State Championship, and that year was named the WJGA Player of the Year.
RJ Manke of Lakewood, Wash., is seeking his first birth in a U.S. Open Championship. He won the 2018 Washington Men’s Amateur and captured the 2021 NCAA Championship as part of the Pepperdine Men’s Golf team. He recently committed to the University of Washington as a graduate transfer.
Maverick McNealy of Las Vegas, Nev., has played in two U.S. Opens and was the runner-up in this year’s AT&T Pebble Pro-Am on the PGA Tour. McNealy earned the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the world’s top-ranked amateur in 2016 and was a member of two USA Walker Cup Teams (2015, 2017). He was a first-team All-American in three consecutive seasons at Stanford University.
Brian Mogg of Issaquah, Wash., starred on the Washington State University men’s golf team. He graduated in 2018 and turned pro shortly after. He is the nephew of well-known golf instructor Brian Mogg.
Andrew Putnam of University Place, Wash., has competed in three U.S. Opens and his best finish was a tie for 43rd in 2019. Putnam, who was a three-time All-American at Pepperdine University, has won on the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour. He has three top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour in 2020-21. His brother, Michael, has played in six U.S. Opens.
Isaiah Salinda of South San Francisco, Calif., is attempting to qualify for his first U.S. Open. He was a member of the winning 2019 USA Walker Cup Team and advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach Golf Links. In 2019, he helped Stanford University win its third consecutive Pac-12 Conference Championship, the NCAA Stanford Regional title and the NCAA Championship.
Ian Siebers of Bellevue, Wash., is a rising sophomore on the Duke University Men’s Golf team and holds the school’s three-round freshman scoring record. He has played in two U.S. Amateurs and was twice named the WA Golf Junior Boys’ Player of the Year and the PNGA Junior Boys’ Player of the Year (2018 and 2019).
Andrew Von Lossow of Spokane, Wash., is seeking a spot in the U.S. Open for the second time, having previously made it to Final qualifying in 2018. Last month, he won the Washington Champion of Champions, competing against club champions from throughout the state. A fan of playing hickory golf, Von Lossow won the 2019 Spokane Hickory Open.
Final qualifying, conducted over 36 holes, will be held at nine qualifiers across the country. Players who advance from each location will secure a spot in the 2021 U.S. Open Championship held June 17-20 on the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course, in San Diego, Calif.
Final field size and the number of qualifying spots available at each location will be announced on Monday, June 7th. Scoring from all nine qualifiers can be found at: usopen.com/qualifying/final.html