The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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June 4, 2013

Golf: Danville senior competes in U.S. Open qualifier

By Brian Holtzapple

For The Daily Item

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- With a great back nine at the local qualifier, Danville High School senior Robbie Seebold punched his ticket to Monday's U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier held at Woodmont Country Club.

However, playing 36 holes in one day against a field of more than 120 golfers -- including seasoned professionals from the Web.com Tour -- Seebold's chances of advancing any further sank faster than a ball hit into a water hazard.

Seebold will have to wait at least a couple more years until he can fulfill his dreams of competing in the U.S. Open Championship as he shot a two-round total of 158 (81-77) and finished in 109th place.

"It was pretty tough, I mean, with the competition I was playing against," said Seebold, 18, the son of Bob and Rhonda Seebold.

"I was pretty nervous. It was my first time (in the qualifier), and (playing against touring pros) wasn't something I was used to."

Monday's qualifier was played over two courses (Woodmont's North and South Courses) and Seebold was grouped with pros McCuen Elmore and Andy Hansen.

After shooting a 9-over-par on the North Course in a first round that featured eight bogeys and one double bogey, Seebold shaved four shots and shot a 77 in round two on the South Course.

However, Seebold's short game was his undoing and he finished 22 shots behind the eighth and final qualifier for the 113th U.S. Open Championship that is scheduled for June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore.

"It was really my putting. I hit the ball pretty decently off the tee, but around the greens I really struggled. They were really fast and undulating," said Seebold, a PIAA qualifier this season who will be golfing for Elon College in the fall.

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