Former North Texas Standout Carlos Ortiz Qualifies For U.S. Open
Ortiz Set To Compete In First Career Major In Oakmont, PA
POWELL, Ohio – Former North Texas standout Carlos Ortiz qualified for the U.S. Open on Monday in Powell, Ohio following a two-round day that saw him top the leaderboard at 10-under par. He led the way alongside 12 other qualifiers from arguably the most competitive sectional qualifier that was packed with several tour players. He shot a 66 in both rounds on a pair of courses; Kinsale and Wedgewood. The U.S. Open is scheduled for June 16-19 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania and marks the first major of Ortiz’s career.
“I’m very proud of Carlos Ortiz,” head coach Brad Stracke said of Ortiz’s accomplishment. “He is very gifted and has the game to win majors. This year’s U.S. Open just got a whole lot more exciting for me.”
Ortiz opened his day on Monday, shooting a 66 in his first round at Kinsale, a par-72 course. He picked up six birdies and shot par on the remaining 12 holes to open his day strongly. The Mexico native then concluded his afternoon with another 66 at Wedgewood, headlined by a key birdie on the 17th hole to lift him to the top of the leaderboard, ahead of Bryson DeChambeau and Ethan Tracy, who tied for second, a stroke behind Ortiz.
The 116th edition of the U.S. Open will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports 1 from 9 a.m. CT through 4 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday for the first two rounds, while concluding from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fox. The final two rounds of the second major of 2016 will be broadcast live on Fox from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6:30 on Sunday.
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