A 1-under 69 in qualifying event as well as a victory in a 4-hole playoff sends him to Omaha
by Gary Adornato
Calvert Hall golf coach Drew Forrester has qualified for the U.S. Senior Open, as an amateur, after shooting a 1-under par 69 at a USGA qualifying event at Argyle Country Club, in Silver Spring, on June 16th. He will now play in the 40th U.S. Senior Open at Omaha Country Club in Omaha, Nebraska, July 8-11.
Forrester was one over as he approached the final two holes. He birdie 17 to get back to even and then hit what he described as “the best 6-iron I have ever hit in my life,” which put him position to make a six-foot birdie putt on 18.
Playing in the morning group, Forrester reached the club house tied for second, and then had to wait five hours as the afternoon group completed their round. He then won a playoff with Barry Dear of Woodbury, NJ and Eric Egloff of Arnold, MD, sinking a birdie on the fourth hole to secure his spot in Omaha.
“It just was my day,” Forrester said on Glenn Clark Raido. “There is a lot of luck to it, but I hit the right putt at the right time and I made it.”
Although he does not admit to having any illusions of possibly winning the Open, against a field of the best senior players in the world, he does plan to compete.
“I want to go out there and play well,” Forrester added. “I am representing my club and Baltimore golf. I know it’s going to be a difficult challenge. I’ve dreamed a lot of big dreams in my life. This is not one I am dreaming about, but I do have a goal. I would like to try and make the cut. It would be really phenomenal to play all four days.”
Forrester also revealed that he will play in a practice round at Omaha Country Club on July 5th with Bernhard Langer, a two-time Masters champion and the winner of 11 major championships on the seniors tour.
Pictured above: Drew Forrester, in 2019 with his son Ethan, who will join him in Omaha for the U.S. Senior Open.