Three area golfers to play in U.S. Open qualifiers

Published on Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:00
Written by Tyler Hetu


Three Shuttle Meadow Country Club members will compete in the U.S. Open qualifiers Monday at the respective club’s course.

Across the country at 109 different golf courses, close to 9,000 golfers are competing in U.S. Open qualifiers. Each player hopes to make it to the next round and ultimately, to the 121st U.S. Open at the historic Torrey Pines Golf Course in California. The tournament runs June 17-20th.

To be eligible, a player must have a Handicap Index of 1.4 or lower, or be a qualified professional.

In Connecticut, Shuttle Meadow Country Club kicks off qualifier rounds Monday with Matthew Downes, Jacob Lindsay and Jackson Roman taking the tee box at 8:30 a.m. to begin their hunt to qualify.

Downes, the youngest of the group, is a sophomore at St. Paul High School. Downes recently nailed a hole-in-one at Chippanee Country Club in Bristol and is currently an active golfer in Connecticut Junior PGA tournaments. He also is part of the Greater Hartford Junior Golf Interclub.

Lindsay, a senior and golf team captain for Berlin High School, is an all-state, all-conference and all-New England caliber golfer. Lindsay won the Challenge Cup Cape Cod Junior Classic in October, and earned a top spot to represent New England in the junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship at the Biltmore Course in Coral Gables, Florida.

This fall, Lindsay continues his golf career for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York ­– a Div. III level institution that competes in the Liberty League. He will study chemical engineering

Roman is a senior at Hamden Hall Country Day School and won the AJGA Golf Hub Championship last summer. He also won the Challenge Cup Boys Championship in Rhode Island and placed eighth in the National High School Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina. His success dates back to his sophomore year as well, where he won the Kingswood Oxford Invitational by shooting a tournament record 66. He also won the Shuttle Meadow Men’s Club Championship at the age of 16.

This fall Roman will continue his schooling at Loyola University in Maryland, where he will also play golf at the Div. I level in the Patriot League.

Posted in The Bristol Press, St. Paul on Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:00. Updated: Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:02.