Liberty's Mickey DeMorat secured the fourth and final spot offered at the Maryland sectional qualifying event on Monday, punching his ticket to next week's U.S. Open after winning in a three-man playoff.
With the playoff victory, DeMorat advances to the 118th U.S. Open, which will be played June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
Shinnecock Hills will host its fifth U.S. Open, next week, and its first since Retief Goosen defeated Phil Mickelson by two strokes in 2004.
DeMorat, who finished his career at Liberty, last month, carded a 3-under par 141 (70-71) during sectional qualifying today at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.
The score placed the native of Merritt Island, Fla., in a three-way tie for the fourth and final qualifying spot in the 53-man field. DeMorat finished the event tied with Chase Wright of Carmel, Ind., and Billy Hurley of Annapolis, Md.
Hurley was eliminated on the first playoff hole, while DeMorat bested Wright on the second hole to become the first player in Liberty's golf program history to qualify for the national championship event.
The three other golfers advancing to Shinnecock Hills from the Maryland sectional event were Sebastian Munoz from Columbia (8-uner par 136), Timothy Wilkinson from Jacksonville, Fla. (6-under par 138) and fellow amateur and recent Penn State graduate Cole Miller from New Tripoli, Pa. (5-under par 139).
DeMorat finished off his senior year posting a 72.00 season stroke average, while recording four top-10 finishes and a team best three top-five finishes. The senior finished his Liberty career with a 72.28 stroke average, the second-best mark in program history.
The native of Merritt Island, Fla., played 17 of his 39 rounds at par or better during the season (43.6 percent). He posted under-par tournament totals five times, including a 7-under par 209 for a runner-up finish at the Big South Men's Golf Championship and a 4-under par 209 for a 17th-place showing at the NCAA Raleigh Regional.
DeMorat earned All-Big South first-team honors as a senior and was named to the Big South All-Championship team following his runner-up finish. Additionally, he was recently named to the PING All-Region team.
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