Chris Crawford '12 Sinks 40 Foot Putt to Advance to US Open at Oakmont
Posted 06/07/2016 09:16AM

Chris Crawford, HGP Alum and Drexel golfer qualifies to the US Open at Oakmont: 

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From Drexel University:

SUMMIT, N.J. -- Drexel golfer Christopher Crawford added another chapter to an already standout career Monday afternoon as he qualified for the 2016 U.S. Open by finishing tied for third at the sectional qualifier held at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J. He is the first Drexel golfer to qualify for the U.S. Open.

The Bensalem, Pa. native fired a six-under, 138, across the 36 holes to earn a spot in the field of the historic U.S. Open to be played at Oakmont Country Club just outside of Pittsburgh on Father's Day weekend from June 16-19. The top six finishers in the 98-player field of the qualifyer event moved on.

Crawford put together an impressive two rounds, highlighted by a dramatic finish over the final three holes of play to secure a spot in the U.S. Open. Entering the 16th hole, Crawford sat in a tie for the lead at seven-under, which was good enough to qualify. However, after bogies at Nos. 16 and 17, he fell below the qualification line by a stroke. At the 18th hole, a 600-yard par 5, Crawford found himself in trouble. His second shot found the 13th fairway, giving him a tough third shot over a line of trees to find the green, but he would stick it 40 feet from the hole. A one-putt for birdie would mean a ticket to Oakmont; a two-putt for par would mean a playoff. Undaunted, Crawford rolled in the 40-footer to punch his ticket.

In the morning round on the south course, he caught fire and followed up his one-under, 34, on the front nine with an impressive six-under, 31, on the back to hold a share of the lead. 

The 2016 U.S. Open will mark the ninth time Oakmont Country Club has hosted the event. The par-70 Henry Fawnes-designed course is over 7,200 yards in length.