Williams Punches Ticket to 124th U.S. Open

The junior carded 8-under 134 to finish third at the U.S. Open Final Qualifying: Maryland

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt men’s golf junior Wells Williams survived Golf’s Longest Day, as he punched his ticket into the 124th U.S. Open by placing third at the 2024 U.S. Open Final Qualifying: Maryland at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland.

Williams, who recently completed his sophomore season with the Commodores, posted back-to-back rounds of 4-under 67 on the North Course at the Woodmont Country Club to finish at 8-under 134.

The junior got off to a hot start, as he collected five birdies on his front nine during Round 1, making the turn at 4-under 31. Williams added a pair of birdies on his back nine to conclude the opening round at 4-under 67. The West Point, Mississippi, native went bogey-free in Round 2, as Williams once again carded 4-under 67 to finish in third place and advance to the 124th U.S. Open.

Williams becomes the second Commodore to earn a spot at this year’s U.S. Open. He joins senior Gordon Sargent, who earned an exemption into the U.S Open after winning the 2023 Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading men’s player in the 2023 World Amateur Golf Ranking. The 124th U.S. Open takes place June 13-16 at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

A total of four Commodores, both present and former, competed on Golf’s Longest Day. Matthew Riedel, who recently completed his Vanderbilt career, carded 7-under 137 at the U.S. Open Final Qualifying: Georgia. Senior Jackson Van Paris competed at the U.S. Open Final Qualifying: Maryland with Williams and finished at 2-under 140. Freshman Ryan Downes ended the U.S. Open Final Qualifying: New Jersey at 1-under 141.

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