Derek Sanders, David Griffin claim spots in U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

ST. FRANCISVILLE — Former Woodlawn High School standout Derek Sanders and Baton Rouge resident David Griffin claimed spots in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Round through a local qualifier Thursday at The Bluffs Golf Resort.

Griffin and Sanders finished second and third, respectively, in the 18-hole event behind medalist Sam Burns of Shreveport. All three earned spots for the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifiers, which consists of 36 holes, to be held June 3 at 11 sites across the country.

Players who advance through the sectional qualifiers will be part of the 156-man field for the 113th U.S. Open, which will be played June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

The 16-year-old Burns, the reigning Louisiana Golf Association Junior Amateur champion, shot a 3-under-par 69 to earn medalist honors in the local qualifier.

Griffin, the 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association champion who later played at Southern Illinois, finished a stroke back with a 2-under 70 and Sanders, a Destrehan resident who is the caddie for Champions Tour player Brad Faxon, had a 71.

Burns will play in the Sectional Qualifier at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas, Griffin will tee it up in Memphis at the Colonial Club and Sanders will make his U.S. Open bid at the Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis.

Bill Allcorn of Waco, Texas, and Baton Rougean Landon Lyons, who shot even-par 72s, are the first and second alternates.