Richmond golfer taking aim at a trip to Pebble Beach for U.S. Open

Chris Crisologo playing on Monday's Sectional Qualifier in Ontario before moving on to the RBC Canadian Open

Before teeing off at the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open later this week, Chris Crisologo will be taking aim at a trip to Pebble Beach tomorrow.

The 23-year-old Richmond native will be trying to earn a spot in the upcoming U.S. Open when the first-ever Sectional Qualifier takes place on Canadian soil at the RattleSnake Point Golf Club in Milton ON.

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The 36-hole Sectional Qualifier will be conducted on the CopperHead course at RattleSnake Point featuring a field of 37 competitors that includes a mix of seasoned PGA TOUR veterans, up-and-coming Canadians and a triple major winner in Padraig Harrington. The final number of qualifying spots will be confirmed early Monday morning by the USGA.A total of 927 players are competing in 12 sectional qualifiers, including one sectional qualifier in each of Canada, England and Japan.

“We are thrilled to host this crucial event leading up to one of the most coveted tournament entries in the world of golf,” said RattleSnake Point’s Director of Operations Craig Cupido. “To have such accomplished competitors grace our fairways for this toughest of tests is a fantastic opportunity that our entire team and club members welcome wholeheartedly. 

A total of 927 players are competing in 12 sectional qualifiers, including one sectional qualifier in each of Canada, England and Japan. U.S. Open qualifying began earlier this spring with 8,602 players competing in 110 local qualifiers.

Crisologo, a member of the national amateur team, will then head Hamilton Golf and Country Club for the opening round of the RBC Canadian Open on Thursday. A year ago, he made the cut at Glenn Abby and was the top amateur in the tournament, finishing tied for 45th in the world class professional field. 

The 119th U.S. Open is slated for June 13-16 at the world renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links course on the Monterey Peninsula. 

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