PALM DESERT, Calif. - University of California San Diego freshman golfer Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) won a U.S. Open local qualifier on May 8 at Indian Ridge Country Club.
Navigato shot a 5-under 67 on the par-72 Grove Course to top the 75-player field.
Next up, the San Diego native will play in a 36-hole sectional qualifier on June 5 at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, California.
Local qualifying, conducted over 18 holes at 114 sites in 44 states and Canada, takes place between May 2-18. Sectional qualifying happens at 10 U.S. sites, all on June 5. In addition, England and Japan will host international sectional qualifiers.
Nationwide, there are 8,979 entries for the 117th U.S. Open, which will be contested June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. In 2016, 27 golfers advanced through local and sectional qualifying to the 156-player U.S. Open. Of those 27, five made the 36-hole cut.
Several U.S. Open title winners have advanced to the championship through both local and sectional qualifying at some point in their careers, including Lucas Glover, David Graham, Lou Graham, Hale Irwin, Tony Jacklin, Lee Janzen, Tom Kite, Johnny Miller, Corey Pavin, Curtis Strange, Lee Trevino, and Fuzzy Zoeller. Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969) are the only players to win the U.S. Open after qualifying through both local and sectional play.
During his first season as a Triton in 2016-17, Navigato played in all 26 of the team's rounds, finishing his campaign with a 75.3 stroke average. He posted four top-20 finishes, including a season-best tie for 11th at the SoCal Intercollegiate, hosted by UC San Diego at Carlton Oaks in Santee, California.