The First Step In The Road To The U.S. Open

A look at the wide range of golfers competing in a local qualifier for the 2015 U.S. Open.

Released on 5/20/2015

Transcript

00:00
My name is John Bowen, and I'm a real estate developer.
00:04
My name is Rob Labritz,
00:05
I'm the director of golf at GlenArbor Golf Club
00:07
in Bedford Hills, New York.
00:08
My name is Ben Conner, I am a professional golfer.
00:11
Blake Morris.
00:12
Waterbury, Connecticut, just finished my senior year
00:14
at Ole Miss.
00:15
My name is Vincent Kabaso, I'm from Zambia.
00:17
I'm an assistant at the New Haven Country Club.
00:19
My name is Michael VanDerLaan, I'm 17 years old,
00:21
senior in high school.
00:23
I'll be 44 this month.
00:25
I'm 23.
00:26
And I'm 52 years old.
00:28
I'm 27 years old.
00:29
(bold determined music)
00:35
I've tried to qualify for the US Open probably
00:38
since I was 18, 19 years old.
00:40
I've never made it,
00:40
I think I've missed going to the Open by a shot,
00:43
two or three times.
00:44
This is my first time tryin' to qualify for the US Open.
00:46
This is my fourth time tryin'.
00:49
I'd say it's probably right around 10 or 11.
00:51
This is my first time.
00:52
This is my first time trying to qualify for the US Open.
00:58
I would just definitely have more time to practice,
01:01
and get out there for a couple practice rounds
01:02
to really familiarize myself with the golf course.
01:05
(sighs)
01:07
I would...
01:10
I'd wanna take in all of the glory
01:12
of having a chance to be out there,
01:13
and really try to prepare myself for the event.
01:16
I would try and tell the people of Zambia
01:20
how big of a deal it is.
01:21
'Cause no one understands that right now.
01:24
I'd throw one big hell of a party
01:25
right before the US Open,
01:27
but a couple days, just to be able to clean yourself up,
01:30
before you tee it up on Thursday.
01:32
I'd definitely obviously wanna go and try to win,
01:35
but being 17 years old, that's a long shot.
01:42
I think they do the little things really well.
01:43
Well they play all the time, and I play half the time.
01:46
Probably experience.
01:47
Well at this point, being 52, I'd say length
01:50
is certainly a factor.
01:51
Their mental game is just so strong,
01:53
they know how to think their way around the course.
01:55
Opportunity.
01:56
If I had access to what these guys get access to,
01:59
if I had
02:02
the team and the support,
02:04
I could be one of them.
02:07
(bold confident music)
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