ESTERO, Fla. - A pair of Florida Gulf Coast University golfers led the field at the U.S. Open local qualifier at Old Corkscrew Golf Club on Monday.
Rising junior Daniel Mazziotta was 5-under after eight holes, and went on to shoot a 1-under 71 to earn medalist honors. Alexander Medinis, a 19-year-old from Fort Myers, shot a 1-over-par 73 to finish second..
Mazziotta, 20, eagled the par-5 No. 11, his second hole, and followed with birdies on Nos. 14, 16 and 17. He dropped back with a double-bogey on No. 18, a bogey on No. 2, and a double-bogey on No. 3, but responded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 6, before bogeying No. 8..
Medinis, a rising sophomore for FGCU, hit only 10 of 18 greens, but said he missed them in the right spots. He made a 25-footer for birdie on No. 10, his first hole. After making bogeys on Nos. 11, 14 and 16, he played the final 11 holes 1-under, making a 5-footer for birdie on No. 3..
All five qualifiers will play at 36-hole sectional qualifying at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club near Orlando on June 8. The Open is June 18-21 at Bethpage Black in New York..
U.S. Open local qualifier at Old Corkscrew Golf Club
1. Daniel Mazziotta, Fort Myers, 71
2. Alexander Medinis, Fort Myers, 73