VIDEO: Ed Kirby Punches Ticket to U.S. Senior Open
Rhode Island’s Ed Kirby has punched his ticket to the U.S. Senior Open.
Kirby posted a one-under 69 at Hatherly Country Club in Massachusetts on Monday to qualify for the Open at Saucon Valley.
“I played in a few U.S. Open’s and now I finally get to play in the U.S. Senior (Open). I’m just, I’m so excited because I’ve worked really hard for this at work. I’ve put a lot of time and the club (The Aquidneck Club) has been unbelievably supportive,” Kirby told Mass Golf after the round.
As the video below shows, Kirby needed a birdie on 18 to qualify and he drained the putt.
Kirby was one of two qualifiers to get through, the other being Weymouth’s Brian Spitz.
In a pressure packed one day qualifier, Kirby opened with a birdie on the first hole to get to one-under.
After four straight pars, he dropped another birdie on the sixth hole to move to two-under and inside the projected cut line.
However, a bogey on eight send him backwards, turning at 34.
On the backside, Kirby parred seven straight holes before bogeying the 17th hole to drop back to even.
The Aquidneck Club pro needed a birdie on the last to get inside the cut and that’s exactly what he did.
Kirby drained the birdie putt on 18, pumped his fists in the air as the putt dropped and he was in the U.S. Senior Open.