Former Eagle Hunter Green vies for US Open

Hunter Green at Quail Hollow
Former RCHS Golfer Hunter Green signs autographs at the PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC (photo: Jerrod Funk Golf Academy)

Hunter Green, former Eagle Golfer competing in Sectional in Memphis for possible US Open berth.

June 8, 2015

Memphis, Tn  —  Former Rhea County Golfer Hunter Green will compete in a Sectional to be held at  Germantown Country Club & Ridgeway Country Club on June 8th in the Memphis, Tennessee area.   Ridgeway and Germantown will host 121 golfers who are attempting to qualify for the US Open.  The number of qualifiers is to be determined by finishes at all 10 different sites.

Tee time for Green on Monday will be 8:40 am CST, and Hunter’s group will be:  Hunter Green, Blayne Barber, 2012 Auburn graduate and Tyrone Van Aswegen, from South Africa.  Also competing in the Memphis sectional will be PGA notables like David Duva l(former # 1), Relief Goosen and David Toms to name a few.

This year there are 12 sectional sites, 10 in the U.S., one in England, and one in Japan. The international qualifiers took place back on May 25, while the U.S. qualifiers are scheduled for June 8.  The American sites are spread all the way from Washington in Northwest to Florida in the Southeast.

On Monday he will play over 36 holes in one day, sectional qualifying is a test of skill and endurance, with only a handful of available spots at each site – the number of qualifying spots is determined by the quality and quantity of the field at each location.

U.S. Open sectional qualifying is one of the most unique events of the year. Major champions tee up alongside high school students and mini-tour dreamers. They’re all competing for spots in the year’s second major. The U.S. Open is the only major that allows so many players to play their way into the field. Approximately half of the players who tee it up at Chambers Bay on June 18 will have earned their way through qualifying.

Amateurs and club pros are usually among the successful players, providing inspiration for dreamers across the country. Sectionals are not televised.

Green, a 25 year old golfer, was a two-time state champion while at Rhea County High School and he also made All-Sunbelt Conference while at MTSU. Green played back on May 1, 2015 in the Wells Fargo Championship and shot a 76-74 for 150 score.  He did not make the cut on that tournament.

While at MTSU, Hunter accumulated quite a few honors, including:  Named All-SBC in 2010, 2011, and 2012 … 2010, 2011, and 2012 NCAA participant.

Nathan Talley, Rhea County Golf  Coach said, “I love following Hunter’s career. Being that he’s a hometown guy. Also being that I’m the current eagle golf coach and a former eagle golfer myself. The school and community are behind him. He’s s great young man and on behalf of the RCHS golf team and coaches we wish him the best this week at Memphis.”

Featured image was shared with permission from Hunter Green coach – Jerrod Funk of Jerrod Funk Golf Academy in Kingsport, TN.

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