LITTLETON, Colo. — Jim Bob Coleman's competition at Monday's 36-hole U.S. Open Sectional qualifier will include Hale Irwin's son, Steve.
The 32-year-old Billings golfer will be one of 25 players at Columbine Country Club competing for one berth to the U.S. Open, which is scheduled for June 15-18 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Coleman, who is the men's golf coach at Montana State-Billings, will tee off at 8 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on the par-72, 7,503-yard layout. His threesome will include Michael Zaremba of Pueblo West, Colo., and Jason Kay of Niwot, Colo.
Zaremba, 53, won the Colorado Senior Open in 2005.
Steve Irwin, who is from Golden, Colo., was the 2004 Colorado Golf Association Player of the Year. Hale Irwin is a three-time U.S. Open champion and has made 34 appearances, the second most in U.S. Open history.
The overall field will feature 17 professionals and eight amateurs. Golfers will be coming from Colorado, Montana, South Dakota, Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, Utah, California, New Mexico and Calgary, Alberta.
The list of pros will include Littleton favorite Bret Guetz, who played in the 2003 U.S. Open. Guetz, who now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., grew up in the Columbine area and played much of his golf as a junior at Columbine Country Club.
Next week, 799 golfers will be competing in England and across the U.S. for the remaining 73 Open spots.