Voeller advances in Open qualifying
Voeller is one of five to advance to sectional qualifying at 13 sites around the country on June 7, including one in Woodstock, Ill.
Voeller, a PGA teaching professional at Golf Galaxy in Brookfield, went off the back nine at 10 a.m. and shot an even par. He birdied No. 3 before bogeys at Nos. 5 and 8 forced him to play the waiting game for more than an hour as the others in the 79-player field finished their rounds.
Former University of Wisconsin golfers Patrick Duffy and Ryan Helminen also qualified. Duffy finished second with a 70 and Helminen cared a 71 despite a bogey on No. 18 that dropped him into a tie with Voeller and Wauwatosa’s Andrew Stein.
Sam Van Galder of Janesville, fired a 11-over 81 and finished in a seven-way tie for 38th. Matt Vandlac of Hayward shot a 2-under 68 for medalist honors.
The U.S. Open is June 17-20 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.