Close Call

Colorado resident Scott Vincent narrowly misses advancing to U.S. Open as final qualifying begins

By Gary Baines – 5/23/2022

One Colorado resident came oh-so-close, and a couple of other players with strong Centennial State ties had their moments, but in the end the first day of U.S. Open final qualifying came and went without any locals advancing to the national championship.

Scott Vincent, who lives in Castle Rock and competes mainly in Asia, missed a playoff for the third and final U.S. Open berth in Japan by a stroke after 36 holes.

Meanwhile, in a Dallas qualifier where 13 U.S. Open berths were available, former Montrose resident Brandon Bingaman, who competed in last week’s PGA Championship, opened with a 69 and was 3 under par through 20 holes but he couldn’t sustain his run and shot a 72 in the afternoon. And Cheyenne native Josh Creel made a run at a spot in the afternoon but couldn’t finish off the rally (71-68).

Vincent posted rounds of 67-72 to check in at 5-under-par 139 at Caledonian Golf Club, where three U.S. Open berths were at stake. The three players at 6 under took part in a playoff for the final spot, which was earned by Australian Todd Sinnott.

Vincent made an eagle, seven birdies and four bogeys on Monday.

A second — and much busier — day of U.S. Open final qualifying is set for June 6 at nine sites in the U.S. and Canada.

The U.S. Open itself is scheduled for June 16-19 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Here are Monday’s final qualifying scores for local competitors:

May 23 in Dallas (98 players for 13 spots)

Failed to Advance

31. Cheyenne native and former CU golfer Josh Creel 71-68–139

52. Former Montrose resident Brandon Bingaman 69-72–141

61. DU golfer Esteban Missura 75-68–143

77. Jackson Solem of Longmont, former DU golfer 77-69–146

Sam Saunders, Fort Collins 73-NC

May 23 in Japan (28 players for 3 spots)

Failed to Advance

6. Colorado resident Scott Vincent, Zimbabwe 67-72–139

For all results from U.S. Open qualifying, CLICK HERE.

About the Writer: Gary Baines has covered golf in Colorado continuously since 1983. He was a sports writer at the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, then the sports editor there, and has written regularly for since 2009. He was voted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2021. Email: