Former Temple great Sisk qualifies for U.S. Open, Matthews named as an alternate

Geoff Sisk, a 1987 alum, finished in a three-way tie for first place in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier held at the Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. on Monday afternoon and will be representing Temple in what will be Sisk’s seventh career U.S. Open.

Sisk shot a 68 in the opening round and a 69 in the second round, finishing with a four-under 137 to qualify for the Open Championship.
Despite shooting a four-under 67 in round two, Temple sophomore Brandon Matthews fell outside of the top four on the leaderboard, which will keep him from competing in the tournament. There is a glimmer of hope for the young phenom, though, as Matthews was was named as an alternate for the U.S. Open. He will be allowed to chip, putt and hit balls at the driving range next week in case a player withdraws.
The 2013 U.S. Open will be held at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. from June 10 to June 16.

Two Owls to compete in US Open Sectional Qualifier

Temple freshman Brandon Matthews and 1987 Temple graduate Geoff Sisk will tee off at the Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. with a chance to qualify for the 2013 U.S Open.

There are three spots remaining in the U.S. Open field, which will be held just a short commute away from North Broad Street at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. from June 10 to 16.

Matthews made several headlines throughout his terrific freshman campaign in 2012-13. The DuPont, Pa. native positioned himself as the Owls’ No. 1 golfer moving forward, finishing second in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.

Matthews also claimed All-Conference honors and nabbed the A-10 Rookie of the Year Award.

During his tenure at Temple, Sisk was a four-time honorable mention All-American and turned pro in 1988, one calendar year after earning his degree.

Sisk has played in six U.S. Opens, most recently in 2011. He will look to advance to his seventh after shooting a 68 to qualify for today’s round.