Sun Devils boast 5 U.S. Open entrants
PGA Tour standouts Phil Mickelson, Paul Casey and Chez Reavie head the Arizona State continent at next week's U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
But they also will be joined by two other less prominent Sun Devils on one of golf's biggest stages.
Mesa native Jesse Mueller, a 2005 graduate of Arizona State and 2001 Arizona Amateur champion, qualified in section play in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, and incoming freshman Alberto Sanchez qualified in California.
The 29-year old Mueller earned his B.S. in marketing in May of 2005 and competed in 47 events in four-year Sun Devil career. He most recently won the GOLFWEEK National Pro Tour's Midwest Open event in Gothenburg, Neb.
The 18-year old Sanchez participated in high school graduation ceremonies on Friday and then in the 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifying tournament in Northern California on Monday. He posted a 5-under-par 67 at Harding Park in the first round and 1-under 71 at Lake Merced in the second for a 6-under total, making him one of seven Open qualifiers.
Sanchez is from Nogales, Ariz., but played the last two seasons at La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, Calif.