ORLANDO (UCFKnights.com) – Former UCF men's golfer Connor Arendell qualified for the 119th U.S. Open at the Pebble Beach Monday afternoon. Arendell fought his way to the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., where he finished tied for first with a 70-71 for a 141(-3) total.
Arendell collected just one bogey over 36 holes along with four birdies to punch his ticket to California. The former UCF standout survived a 6-for-5 playoff at Eagle Creek Golf and Country Club in Naples in order to make the final phase of qualification.
At Woodmont, four spots were available for the 63 competitors and overall, 927 golfers advanced to the final stage of qualifying to make up the 156-player field for the U.S. Open.
Turning professional after his junior season at UCF in 2011, Arendell has appeared in a pair of PGA Tour events and has played in two events in 2019 on the Web.com Tour.
In two seasons at UCF, Arendell averaged 73.46 strokes per round after competing in 23 tournaments. In his second season, Arendell averaged 72.43, one of the best single-season averages in program history. The Cape Coral native helped UCF win back-to-back Conference USA titles and two NCAA Regional appearances.
Pebble Beach plays host to the U.S. Open for the sixth time and will begin on Thursday, June 13.