Stetzner ties for 14th in US Open qualifier eight shots off medalist pace


Stetzner tees off during his championship-winning season last year at Anaconda Country Club. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO


MISSOULA – Anaconda High junior Caleb Stetzner laced up his golf shoes against some of the best golfers in the Northwest and fared extremely well in Tuesday’s local US Open golf qualifier held at the Missoula Country Club.

Stetzner’s 4-over 75 (36-39) was eight shots off the pace set by medalist Mitchell Fox of Calgary. Fox’s 67, along with Daniel Bruson of Wilson, Wyo., and Travis Hofland of Twin Falls, Id., who both shot 68, qualified for their respective Sectional Qualifiers.

Once golfers advance past local qualifiers, they have already chosen where they would like to play the Sectional rounds of qualifying. Players advancing past the Sectional rounds will play in the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay in Tacoma, Wash. the week of June 15-21.

According to the finishing tally, 51 golfers came in with scores. An official count of the field in it’s entirety couldn’t be confirmed before publication.

Afterwards, the defending Class A state champion Stetzner said that the conditions were windy but otherwise very playable. Jimmy Mee, a professional from Libby with family ties to Anaconda, shot 76.

To show how accomplished Stetzner’s round truly was, Seattle’s Eli Zackheim, a former local qualifier from Old Works Golf Course, tied Mee’s 76.

The highest Montana finish was by Missoula’s Brian Beach and Billings’ Daniel Thompsett – both finished with even par 71s. Deer Lodge’s Justin Onken shot 73.

U.S. Open Qualifier
at Missoula Country Club
6,722 yards, Par 71

Mitchell Fox, Calgary, AB 34-33—67
Daniel Brunson, Wilson, Wy. 33-35—68
Travis Hofland, Twin Falls, Id. 34-34—68
Eric Onesi, Bear, De. 34-36—70
Brian Beach, Missoula 35-36—71
Daniel Thompsett, Billings 36-35—71
Preston Matchett, Billings 35-37—72
Ryggs Johnston, Libby 33-39—72
Glen Griffith, Oro Valley, Ariz. 37-36—73
Justin Onken, Deer Lodge 36-37—73
Tom Swanson, Missoula 34-39—73
Bobby Myles, Coeur d’Alene, Id. 36-38—74
Brad Grattan, Whitefish 35-39—74
Aaron Crawford, Calgary, AB 39-36—75
Brennan Stillinger, Dalton Gardens, Id. 38-37—75
Brian Lytle, Bozeman 36-39—75
Caleb Stetzner, Anaconda 36-39—75
Eli Zackheim, Seattle 38-37—75
Carter Lewis, Calgary, AB 37-39—76
Christopher Jones, Missoula 36-40—76
Jim Mee, Libby 39-37—76
Tate Tatom, Gallatin Gateway 36-40—76
Geoffrey Buchanan, Jefferson City 38-39—77
Gordon Wright, Brewster, Wash. 35-42—77
Jonathan Eastlick, Lolo 36-41—77
Kyle Poore, Missoula 39-38—77
Wyatt Nielson, Bozeman 39-38—77
Dane Martinson, Billings 41-37—78
Keithon Walter, Lewistown 39-39—78
Darin Uselman, Billings 40-39—79
Eli Bowen, Lewistown 40-39—79
Jeffrey Nelson, Burien, Wash. 37-42—79
Joey Moore, Billings 42-38—80
Payton Stott, Billings 43-37—80
Sean Gilligan, Sunburst 40-40—80
Alex Jackson, Airdrie, AB 40-41—81
Ben Gresley‐Jones, Castlegar, BC 40-41—81
Jason Kimmell, Coeur d’Alene, Id. 39-42—81
Josh Coletti, Nelson, BC 40-41—81
Joshua Grenier, Coeur d’Alene, Id. 39-42—81
Zach Johannsen, Oilmont 40-41—81
Jim Coleman, Billings 38-44—82
Timothy Garden, Lolo 42-40—82
Ryan Flink, Missoula 37-46—83
Ryan Keenan, Bigfork 38-45—83
Scott Bridgman, Snohomish, Wash. 40-43—83
Lawrence Lee, Spokane 44-40—84
Luke Baker, Spokane 42-42—84
Woody Spainhower, Bozeman 41-43—84
Jared Saffran, Airdrie, AB 39-46—85
Christopher Runyan, Post Falls, Id. 42-45—87