TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Men’s golfer Jack Maguire, who competed with the Seminoles from 2013-15, has qualified for the U.S. Open for the second time in the last three years.
Maguire qualified for the USGA major in record-setting fashion, finishing first in the Jupiter Hills sectional with a 3-under 36-hole score (72-65).
His second-round 5-under 65 tied a Jupiter Hills Club course record set by Luke Donald in 2012 and included four consecutive birdies on the front nine.
“I couldn’t be more excited to play in the U.S. Open this year,” Maguire said. “Sectionals is always a grind so it’s very relieving to have made it through. My game has been progressing nicely and I feel great about it heading to Erin Hills next week.”
The St. Petersburg, Fla., native first qualified for the U.S. Open as an amateur in 2015 out of the same Jupiter Hills sectional. The 2017 U.S. Open takes place from June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisc. Maguire’s first U.S. Open appearance occurred at Chambers Bay in Washington.
He shot 12-over (73-68-73-78) at his first major and tied for 58th. More impressively, he made the cut at a difficult course as an amateur.
While at Florida State, Maguire established himself as one of the best amateur golfers in the nation. In 2 ½ years he earned three different All-America accolades, being honored by Golfweek and the Golf Coaches Association of America in 2014 and PING! in 2015.
Maguire holds several program marks, including the lowest round in school history. On March 4, 2014, Maguire carded a 10-under 62 at the USF Invitational, both the lowest round and lowest round vs. par in Florida State history. His career scoring average of 70.78 (-0.38 vs. par) is the lowest at FSU, and his 15 eagles are a career record.
In 29 career tournaments played with the Seminoles, Maguire recorded a remarkable 19 Top 10 finishes and won two tournaments as a freshman in 2013-14. Besides winning the USF Invitational, he also won the Mason Rudolph Championship on April 6, 2014, at 10-under.
Maguire is participating in his second year on the Web.com Tour, where he owns a Top-5 finish this year at the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic on Jan. 25. In his first year in 2016, Maguire had five Top-10 finishes in 18 events played, tying for fourth at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz on August 28, 2016.
At the same Jupiter Hills Sectional, fellow All-American FSU golfer Chase Seiffert (2012-13) just missed one of the Top-3 qualifying spots by finishing tied for sixth at 2-over. Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar shot 10-over.
Maguire will join current PGA Tour golfers Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger as the Seminoles competing in the upcoming U.S. Open. In Maguire’s first U.S. Open appearance in 2015, Koepka recorded a fourth-place finish which allowed him to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2014-15 season and receive his first Masters invitation.