DALLAS _ Neither golfer did it the easy way.
But Westlake resident Todd Hamilton and Colleyville resident Greg Chalmers emerged from today’s U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Dallas Athletic Club with two of the four available berths in the 2011 U.S. Open, June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
Hamilton, the 2004 British Open champ, carried his own clubs for all 36 holes.
“It’s one less guy to get in the way,” said Hamilton, adding that his caddie-free approach helped him pace himself while posting rounds of 67-68 to finish at 5-under par, two strokes behind medalist Michael Smith of Lafayette, La. (7-under).
Chalmers, also a PGA Tour competitor, needed a birdie on his final hole of regulation to join a three-man playoff for the final two available berths at the Open. Once there, he and fellow touring pro Harrison Frazar posted pars on the first playoff hole while Michael Whitehead took bogey.
“I birdied the last hole to make the playoff and now, I’m in the Open. So it worked out pretty good,” said Chalmers, who will be playing in his first major championship since the 2002 U.S. Open.
Whitehead earned the first alternate spot, with Dallas resident Justin Leonard, the 1997 British Open champ, landing the second alternate spot.
Hurst resident Mark Walker (2-under) finished two strokes out of the playoff. Dallas teen Jordan Spieth, a Texas signee who became a gallery favorite by emerging as a weekend contender at the last two HP Byron Nelson Championships (2010, 2011), finished at 1-under, three strokes out of the playoff.
LSU golfer John Peterson, the 2011 NCAA champ from Paschal High School in Fort Worth, posted rounds of 68-72 to finish at even-par.
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_ Jimmy Burch