Ervin’s hopes of reaching final dashed by poor start

PETALING JAYA: A poor start has put paid to national amateur golfer Ervin Chang’s (pic) hopes of making it to the final stage of the US Open qualifying.

The 22-year-old fought back gallantly after dropping four strokes in the opening eight holes to salvage an even-par 72 but it was still not good enough.

He missed out on the top five spots by an agonising one shot in the one-day, 18-hole local qualifying event at the Federal Club in Glen Allen, Virginia on Thursday.

A total of five tickets were up for grabs for 90 players at the Federal Club.

The Federal Club is one of the 110 sites across the US and Canada staging the local qualifiers from April 26-May 18, where a total of 8,680 hopefuls are vying to advance into the final qualifying rounds from May 24-June 7.

The US$12.5mil (RM51.27mil) 121st US Open will be held at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California, from June 17-21.

In his first attempt in 2019, Ervin passed the local qualifier, then at the Worthington Manor Golf Club in Maryland with flying colours but found the final stage, contested in a gruelling 36-hole format and by mostly professionals, too tough to handle.

Ervin will now switch his attention to helping Liberty University to qualify for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 National Championship at the end of the month in Arizona.

“We will be competing in the NCAA Division 1 Regional Championship, where a top-five finish will earn us a place in the Nationals, ” said Ervin.

“We’re in high spirits as we recently won the ASUN Conference Championship a couple of weeks back.”

Ervin and his team-mates had made it to the NCAA Division 1 National Championship in 2019, finishing 20th out of 30 teams.

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