Ollie Osborne, who grew up at Montreux, will play on his home course in his first PGA Tour event.
The Reno resident and Bishop Manogue graduate qualified for this week's Barracuda Championship in the Monday qualifier at Hidden Valley Country Club. Osborne, who was a freshman at SMU this season, was one of four to qualify for the PGA Tour event. Also in are Tyler Raber, Taylor Montgomery and Armando Favela, who each shot 8-under 64s to tie for first at the event.
Osborne tied with Blake Abercrombie for the fourth spot with a 6-under 66. The two went to a playoff hole, which Osborne won with a birdie to clinch the final spot in the field out of the qualifier. Osborne had seven birdies and one bogey in his round prior to the extra hole.
Osborne has been on a tear of late. He won his U.S. Amateur Championship qualified last week in Sonoma, Calif., with rounds of 71 and 65. He then fired a 64 at Dayton Valley Golf Club to get in the Barracuda qualifier. He also tied the course record at Incline's Championship course with a 63. At SMU this season, Osborne competed in all 11 events and logged a 73.79 scoring average. He won first collegiate event at the Ocean Course Invitational and helped SMU make the NCAA championships.
Four current or former Nevada golfers also took part in the qualifier. Scott Smith finished tied for 22nd at 2 under and Jared Becher, Tony Gil and Joey Vrzich placed tied for 26th at 1 under.