Lucas Herbert – Class of 2014
Lucas Herbert’s dream of playing in the US Open has become a reality.
The 22-year-old BSSC Alumni will become the first Bendigo golfer to play in a major tournament when he tees off in the US Open at Shinnecock Hills in New York next week.
Herbert forced his way into the US Open field by winning a qualifying tournament in Portland, Oregon.
More than 80 players took to Portland Golf Club to battle for four spots in the US Open and Herbert played brilliantly to win by three shots with a 36-hole score of 12-under par.
“It’s a dream come true,” an elated Herbert said from Portland.
“As a kid growing up you dream of playing in the US Open.
“Playing in the majors is the ultimate, so to get the chance to play in the US Open and British Open this year is amazing.
“I can’t wait to get to Shinnecock Hills and play one of the best courses in the world.”
A five-under par 66 in the first round of qualifying put Herbert in contention for the top four ranking.
He had eight birdies in his opening round, including a stretch of five birdies in six holes between the second and seventh.
Herbert’s second round was even more spectacular. The big-hitting Neangar Park product eagled two par-fives on his way to a superb seven-under par 64.
Herbert will play against the best golfers in the world at Shinnecock Hills, including Tiger Woods, Rory Mcllroy. Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas.
The US Open berth follows Herbert’s qualification for the British Open at Carnoustie in July.
Herbert earned his berth at Carnoustie when he finished tied for eighth at the Singapore Open in January.
At the end of 2016, Herbert’s world ranking was 731. In the past 18 months his ranking has soared to 152.
The US Open will be played from June 14-17.