Michael Welch, a native of North Quincy, Mass., will be participating in his first U.S. Open ... barely. Welch didn't file his U.S. Open entry until 90 minutes before the deadline on April 29. He made it through local qualifying at the Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston, Mass., and then punched his ticket to Bethpage following a 3-under 138 at the Purchase, N.Y. sectional qualifier. By participating in the U.S. Open, Welch has now qualified for the grand slam of USGA championships in which he has been eligible (U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Amateur Public Links, U.S. Junior Amateur).


Bob Vokey takes notes as he discusses wedges with U.S. Open participant Michael Welch. Voke built 48°, 54° and 58° wedges for Michael in preparation for this week.