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