CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern's Brandon Smith finished four strokes back as his bid to advance to the 2019 U.S. Open came up short at the Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash.
Smith (-3) finished in a three-way tie for 13th in the field at the U.S. Open Sectional qualifier held on the West Coast. Eric Dietrich (-11) won the event, while Matthew Naumec (-7) and Spencer Tibbits (-7) also made it through qualifying. Alistair Docherty (-6) and Michael Putnam (-6) finished as the top two alternates following the 36-hole event.
Smith posted the third-highest amateur finish at the event following his 70-71. The CSU rising senior posted four birdies over his opening round and added an eagle on the 15th hole in round two to highlight his day.
Smith advanced to the Sectional round following a strong finish in the qualifying stage. The Las Vegas, Nev. native fired a 67 (-5) to sit as the low amateur at the qualifier held at the Paiute Golf Resort.