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Five area players took a step closer to playing in the 2019 U.S. Open.

Competing in the local qualifying  Monday (May 13) at  Sara Bay Country, Seath Lauer of Lakewood Ranch, Erik Souchak  and Michael Visacki, both of Sarasota, mastered the Donald Ross designed course well enough to advance to the 36-hole sectional qualifying.

Lauer and  Kevin Roy of Tampa tied for second at 69, one stroke back of medalist  Joe Ferreira , a 35-year-od club pro at Gator Creek Golf Club in Sarasota.

Souchak and Visacki each posted rounds of 70 to tie for fourth. Souchak, the grandson of former PGA Tour standout Mike Souchak, recently won the City of Sarasota Men’s Amateur Championship.

Sebastian Mark of Bradenton missed by one stroke to force a playoff for the final qualifying spot by shooting a one-under 71.

Danny Walker of Lakewood Ranch, a member of the tour, shot 72.

Sarasota’s Scott Dunlap, a veteran of the PGA and Champions Tour,  soared to a 76. It was his first tournament round since undergoing wrist surgery after last year’s Schwab Cup.

On May 6, Phil Knowles of Bradenton scorched the Sawgrass Country Club course with a 67 for medalist  honors.

On May 9 at Eagle Creek, Dave Hronek of  Port Charlotte was one of six qualifiers to shoot 68, but he lost in a playoff for the fifth and final qualifying berth. He is the first alternate.

The only Florida  sectional qualifying will be held at Streamsong in central Florida.

The 2019 U.S. Open will be played next month at Pebble Beach.