If 18-hole local qualifying is for anyone with a dream of playing in the US Open, 36-hole sectional qualifying is for those looking to convert that into a reality.
Monday was that day, when the field for next week’s US Open took a huge step toward becoming finalized, with 11 sectional qualifiers held throughout the country. It brought together a collection of established PGA Tour professionals, mini-tour grinders, club pros, college stars, hotshot high schoolers, and even the grandson of a legend, all looking for golden tickets into golf’s second major championship of the season. The 113th US Open starts a week from Thursday at Merion Golf Club, near Philadelphia.
For the seventh time, golf’s national championship will include Geoff Sisk, the 48-year-old from Marshfield. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.