Jun 052015
 
Dylan Dethier of Williams College. Photo: Troy Record.

Dylan Dethier of Williams College. Photo: Troy Record.

U.S. OPEN SECTIONAL: 36 TO CHAMBERS BAY

Editor’s note: This is a profile of one of the players who qualified Monday, May 18 at CC of Troy in the U.S. Open qualifier. Our interview was conducted later that night. He will play Monday, June 8 at Old Oaks Country Club & Century Country Club in Purchase, NY.

“The idea that I could play one day of really good golf and then head to Chambers Bay…it’s crazy to think about.”

When Dylan Dethier, playing in a U.S. Open qualifier for the first time, came up to the Troy scorer’s table with his even par-71, there were a dozen players still on the course.

“You can’t really see how severe some of the slopes are from the fairway and the way certain greens feed to an area or if there’s multiple tiers,” Dethier (pronounced Deh-chair) said of the undulating Walter Travis design.

He was one-under through six (birdie on #5) and said he was hitting the ball “great for the first few holes” later making “a couple unforced errors” with bogeys at #7, #8 and #9.

“Nine is just a tough hole where the pin was,” he said, later adding “It was really blowing and some of the elevation changes made the course tricky in the wind, especially with some of the landing spots.”

Dethier rebounded with a birdie on #10 to move back to one-over on that Monday, May 18. After a par on #11, he came to the 265-yard long par-3 12th, which was almost playing like a par-4 with the conditions.

“It was playing into the wind from the tips,” Dethier said. “So that was a full-three wood just to get to the front of the green. One of the guys in my group hit driver and was still short of the green. Par was good there.”

Dethier had some good looks at birdie as the holes filled up on his scorecard and he thought some of those missed opportunities would cost him in the end. At #18, he hit his approach to eight-feet just right of the pin and had a straight putt.

“I was running out of time,” he laughed. “It was a green-lighter and I made sure I wouldn’t leave that putt short.”

Dylan Dethier graduated from Williams College in 2014. Photo: Williams Sports Info.

Dylan Dethier graduated from Williams College in 2014. Photo: Williams Sports Info.

CC of TroyA NEW PRO PREPARES

He played a practice round the day before, Sunday, May 17, with Jeb Buchanan, a former Troy Invitational contender from Loudonville, and Chris DeJohn from Connecticut, a Skidmore product, who has made it to U.S. Open Sectionals before.

“Jeb knew the course pretty well, which was helpful,” Dethier said.

Dethier has been trying to make a go of it as a pro. He has been in Bradenton, FL on some mini-tours including the West Florida Golf Tour. And he just got through Q School for the PGA Tour Canada. He is teeing it up in British Columbia this week in the Bayview Place Island Savings Open Presented by Times Colonist. Click here for more.

“I’ve got a decent schedule potentially lined up for the summer,” he said.

“There are kind of different ways you play golf and being a pro now, there are some tournaments you really want to make the cut, you want to be getting a paycheck which might be the top third of the field,” he explained. “I went to Q-School in California for the PGA Tour Canada and that meant the Top 30 out of 140.

“For something like this (U.S. Open qualifier), you need to be in the top four out of 67 guys. There are different ways you measure success in golf tournaments or qualifiers that’s why going out and knowing that you need to shoot a low score and then doing it is a really satisfying feeling, especially birdying 18 to do it.”

Dylan Dethier

Dylan Dethier

23 IN AMERICA

Now 23, Dethier graduated from Williams College in June 2014 and turned pro in July. He began college a year late, opting to defer entry into his hometown school so he could travel the country and play golf. The result was his book, “18 in America.”

He went around the country in his Subaru, a car he still drives, and one he pulled into Troy with. He played many courses, but not the relatively new Chambers Bay.

“I’ve been out in the area but I’ve never been to that one but that would be a cool way to see it,” he said.

And if he makes it, maybe he can arrange a book signing in the merchandise tent. But first thing’s first.

“The idea that I could play one day of really good golf and then head to Chambers Bay…it’s crazy to think about.”

For now, he’s through the U.S. Open qualifier for the first time: “One for one is pretty good.”

Dylan Dethier graduated from Williams College in 2014. He earned the Frank Deford  Award presented annually to the top student Sports Information Assistant(s) since 1990. The Deford Award is believed to be the only one of its kind in the nation. Photo: Williams Sports Info.

Dylan Dethier graduated from Williams College in 2014. He earned the Frank Deford Award presented annually to the top student Sports Information Assistant(s) since 1990. The Deford Award is believed to be the only one of its kind in the nation. Photo: Williams Sports Info.