Final yr right now, Topsham’s Caleb Manuel was making ready for the Downeast Metro Beginner Golf Match on the Bangor Municipal Golf Course and Bar Harbor’s Kebo Valley Golf Membership.
He has a much bigger match to arrange for this yr: the U.S. Open.
The 20-year-old Manuel, who performs for the College of Connecticut, shot a three-under-par 137 over 36 holes at two golf programs in New York throughout Monday’s qualifier to earn a spot within the championship, which will likely be held on June 16-19 at The Nation Membership in Brookline, Massachusetts.
“It hasn’t sunk in but,” mentioned the previous Mt. Ararat of Topsham star. “It means rather a lot.
“It’s fairly cool,” added Manuel, who simply completed his sophomore yr at UConn and shared medalist honors with Seton Corridor’s Gregor Tait on the Massive East Match in April with an 11-under par 205.
He was happy with the best way he performed on Monday to earn the spot.
“I drove the ball fairly properly. I hit a number of fairways. And I putted strong all day. I made all of the putts inside six ft,” mentioned Manuel, who gained the Downeast Metro a yr in the past with a match file 12-under par 129.
He mentioned the velocity management on his putts was good and that was vital as a result of the greens had been quick and putts might simply get away from you.
“I hit a number of sensible iron pictures into good positons on the greens so I didn’t find yourself getting dumb bogeys,” he mentioned.
He’ll return to the Brunswick Golf Membership and apply this week and mentioned he expects to move to Brookline subsequent Monday as a result of that’s the first day they’re able to play apply rounds for the U.S. Open. He can even work along with his coach, Paul Piveronas, the director of golf instruction on the Woodlands Membership in Falmouth.
This would be the second skilled match he may have performed in.
He performed within the Korn Ferry Tout occasion on the Falmouth Nation Membership in Maine final yr however he didn’t make the lower.
“However it’s positively good to have that one underneath my belt,” Manuel mentioned.
He mentioned he’s going to stick with his routine when he tees off on the U.S. Open.
“I’m going to arrange the identical approach, play my recreation and see what occurs,” Manuel mentioned.
He was happy along with his season at UConn.
On the Massive East Match, Tait’s workforce gained the Massive East and the automated qualifier to the NCAA Regionals so Tait conceded the playoff gap to Manuel so Manuel might play in a regional as a person.
Simply the highest finisher among the many 5 people within the subject moved on to the NCAA Championships in Arizona and Manuel completed second among the many give.
He tied for fifteenth amongst 75 golfers on the New Haven Regional with a 2-under-par 208, three pictures behind Virginia Commonwealth’s Adrian Vagberg, who had the low rating among the many 5 people.
Manuel concluded his sophomore season with a team-leading per-round common of 70.94 together with eight high 10 and 9 top-20 finishes.
He gained a pair of tournaments, had 16 sub-70 rounds and had 21 rounds of par or higher.
He was a second workforce All-Massive East choice and an all-tournament choose after being a primary teamer a yr in the past in addition to the league’s Freshman of the 12 months.
His two-year scoring common of 71.58 per spherical is the very best in UConn golf historical past.