Low scores posted early at U.S. Open sectional qualifying in Purchase

PURCHASE, N.Y. — The wind is freshening as a cold front approaches the area, but nothing seems to be getting in the way of two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen. After carding a 69 in his opening round at Century Country Club, the 50-year-old Jansen made two birdies in his first six holes at Old Oaks Country Club to reach 4 under and take the lead at the MET Section’s 2015 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying event.

Jamie Lovemark, who now plays on the Tour, bogeyed the 17th hole at Century (his eighth) to fall one shot behind Janzen.

Scott Dunlap held the lead after the morning round thanks to a 67 at Old Oaks, but four bogeys in his first eight holes at Century have dropped him from contention.

Only four players will advance from this qualifying event into the U.S. Open and seven golfers were under par as of 2 p.m. Eastern time. The scent of a playoff is heavy in the breezy air here in Westchester County.

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12:09 p.m.: The early morning showers in the Tri-State area have gone and the sun is trying to break through the clouds above Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club here in Westchester County. That rain softened and slowed the greens, allowing some players to post excellent scores for their first 18 holes.

A three-under 67 at Old Oaks has given Scott Dunlap a one-shot lead over five other players, including two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, who carded a 69 at Century.

So how good are those scores? Last year on the same courses, a 3-under 138 total gave Rob Oppenheim and Fran Quinn co-medalist honors.

Jamie Lovemark shot 69 at Old Oaks while Johnson Wagner shot 71 on the same course.

Seventy-one players at this event are competing for four spots in the U.S. Open.

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