For everyone following our Director of Golf Jerrel Grow along his journey towards the U.S. Open Local Qualifier, yesterday’s culminating event at Pronghorn Resort was the place to be. With a 10:40am start tee time on an absolutely perfect Central Oregon day, Jerrel ended the day with a 74 on the Par-72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, just two above a qualifying score. It was an awesome showing and his standing in the field of players that included 60 pros was really impressive.


“I ended up missing by two, easy to find one or two shots out there.  It is just fun to put your head down, concentrate on every shot, and try to compete,” said Jerrel. “The golf course was in perfect shape, some of the best conditions I have seen it in. David Frietag, director of agronomy, and his crew did a fantastic job.”   


We were excited to see 19-year-old Aaron Wise lead and qualify with an impressive 5-under-par 67. The University of Oregon Men’s Golf team member, who is also the number 6-ranked amateur in the world, came ahead with seven birdies and two bogies. Bend local amateur Justin Kadin will also move onto the sectional qualifier with a 2-under at 70.

For full final scores and alternate playoff updates, check the Oregon Golf Association live scoring.

If you’ve been following along on social media via #JerrelsJourney, you know that Jerrel is 1. a talented golf professional and 2. a guy with a great sense of humor.  Need proof? Follow us on Instagram or watch the great piece KOHD aired last night. In the spirit of that lighthearted fun he brings to the golf course we thought we’d update you on his play, and also some of the day’s behind-the-scenes.

The birdies and great bunker shots

Jerrel ended the day with three birdies on the back nine, where he really tried to make a move and come up with something special. On holes 10, 12 and 16 he pulled through with a birdie on each. Hole 10 was one of the best to watch, as a group of Pronghorn members at a home located right on hole 10 enjoyed their killer view and cheered on their home course professional.

Jerrel's Journey watching the qualifier from home on the 10th

And then this moment after making birdie on 12, when caddie Joe left him, classic.


Jerrel’s birdie on hole 16 was great to watch as well, after an up and down out of the green side bunker. He made it look so easy, all that bunker practice paid off.

The donuts

Breakfast of champions, right? If you know Jerrel, you’re likely not surprised to see this shot of him and caddie Joe Neuhaus chowing on a donut before tee time. After Tuesday morning’s Krispy Kreme buy-out for $1.35 billion, we were all feeling like there was great donut karma in the air.

U.S. Open Local Qualifier Donut Breakfast Jerrel's Journey

The gallery

Jerrel’s gallery was the largest of the tournament. More than a dozen spectators (Pronghorn members, friends, family, and Jerrel supporters) walked the course all day cheering him on.

Jerrel's Journey Gallery at U.S. Open Local Qualifier Pronghorn Resort

His girlfriend Katie (and baby) tracked their mileage and steps and were surprised to find that walking Nicklaus as a spectator, clubhouse door to clubhouse door, was further than they thought — 7.06 miles. Great piece of Pronghorn trivia right there.


Where will Jerrel’s journey take him next? Keep following us on social media to find out.

Didn’t make it? Play it!

As Jerrel said, the current tournament conditions are some of the best he’s seen at Pronghorn. So if you didn’t make it to the U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Pronghorn Resort yesterday, you can play it! Our Jack Nicklaus Signature Course will be kept in the same tournament set-up May 11-13, and we’re offering a special deal for those who’d like to play it. Play our USGA tournament condition course and finish with a burger and a beer for just $125. Call 541-693-5365 to learn more and reserve your tee time.

Can't make the qualifier? Play it instead!