FORT MYERS, Fla. – Advancing through local and sectional qualifying is a once and a lifetime opportunity … unless you’re Joey Lamielle. Just over a week ago, the former FGCU men’s golfer and 2005 graduate took the top spot out of three at the sectional qualifier at Quail Valley Golf Club to earn a spot in this weekend’s 111th U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
The trip to the U.S. Open will be the second of Lamielle’s career, as he qualified for the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego where he missed the cut by six strokes with rounds of 76 and 79. This time around, Lamielle earned a spot in the 153-player field with a 68(-4)-72(E)/140(-4) at Quail Valley GC.
FGCU’s all-time career scoring average leader (72.38), Lamielle will take the 7,574-yard, par 71 course, second-longest in U.S. Open history, on Thursday morning at 9:01 a.m. He will go off the first tee playing alongside Christo Greyling and Adam Hawin.
Lamielle’s appearance in the U.S. Open marks the third time in the last four years that FGCU has been represented in the major. PGA Tour member Derek Lamely, who withdrew from sectional qualifying due to a wrist injury suffered at the Memorial Tournament, played in last year’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
FGCU ranked in the Division II top 5 in each of the first three seasons (2001-02, 02-03, 04-05) of Lamielle’s career. The Sarasota, Fla. native won a program record six tournaments over 24 career events, carding 38 par or better rounds.