Vanderbilt golf signee Luke List of Ringgold, Ga. surprised everyone but himself Tuesday by earning the right to participate in the 2003 U.S. Open. The 18-year-old graduate of Chattanooga-Baylor High School shot back-to-back 4-under-par 68's to lead the field in Monday and Tuesday's sectional qualifying, and earned a spot next week in one of the PGA Tour's premier events.
List's two-day score of 136 at the Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek course in Roswell, Ga. topped the field of 42 players and put him ahead of even PGA Tour veteran Billy Andrade, who also qualified with a 68-69-137.
For List, the invitation to participate in a PGA major is a dream come true. "It hasn't sunk in yet," List told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It's going to be fun, that's all I can tell you."
This year's U.S. Open will be staged next week at the Olympia Fields Country Club in the southern suburbs of Chicago. Tiger Woods was last year's U.S. Open champion.
List, who signed in November with Vanderbilt and Coach Press McPhaul, will join the Commodore golf team as a freshman in August.
"Luke is an extremely talented player who has shown a special ability to step up during competition and win," McPhaul said of List last November. "His talent and competitive ability is going to give him the opportunity to be a great college player."