JGAA Alums and local Sun Devils, Preston and Grace Summerhays, have each punched their ticket to a major championship! Preston qualified for the 123rd U.S. Open to be played at Los Angeles Country Club later this month. He made this eagle putt on the final hole for 62, a Hillcrest CC Course record, in Round 2 of qualifying. Then follows up with an early morning sudden death win. This will be his second U.S. Open appearance (Winged Foot).
Preston is coming off his most polished collegiate season thus far after leading ASU to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships, held last week at Grayhawk Golf Club. He has gained multiple prestigious accolades during his sophomore campaign, such as a selection to Team USA in the 2023 Palmer Cup and earning PING First Team All-America honors.
Due to her second-place finish at the Gainey Ranch Golf Club U.S. Women’s Open qualifier in Scottsdale, Grace Summerhays is one of two amateurs to advance to the LPGA Major Championship. The Sun Devil standout was able to earn one of the highly sought-after spots after battling a 70-golfer field full of the best amateurs and even several professionals.
Grace finished with a 140 (-4) in the two-round qualifier, three strokes ahead of third place. She put herself in great position after opening the event with a 68 (-4). While the pressure got to some of her fellow golfers in contention, Grace Summerhays maintained her composure, firing a 72 (E) on the second day to secure her spot at the U.S. Women’s Open. Grace is one of 20 amateurs in the world to have qualified for this event so far. She currently ranks No. 49 in the country by Golfstat and No. 81 by Golfweek.