The U.S. Open has always been just that, open to the public. Well, open to those who may not be professional golfers, but are really, really good at golf. Luckily, for Alissa Super, she's got game and she's got family history on her side.
Super, who lives in Deephaven, spent Tuesday playing a smooth and steady round of golf at Woodhill Country Club in Wayzata. "If there was ever a year to try to qualify, this is the year, being in your home town, it seemed like a no-brainer," Super said after her round of eight over.
Tuesday's round was a regional qualifier that helped Super get a spot in the sectional tourney. If she plays well there, she's in the Open, at Interlachen Country Club in Edina next month.
Super won a national Mid-Amateur title at Interlachen years ago, with her brother Tim carrying her bag.
You might know Tim. On the PGA Tour, they call him Lumpy. Tim Herron's had an extremely successful career between the ropes. Super remembers her mid-am well. "I tell you right now, if I make the US Open, that bib will come out of retirement and he will be caddying for me," Super said. Tim's reply: "She has to come up with some scratch (money), and then, maybe."
Golf is definitely a family affair for Alissa and the rest of the Herrons. Tim has played in several US Opens. Alissa's father Carson Herron played in the Open in 1963, and her grandfather, Carson Lee Herron, played in the prestigious tournament in 1934.
"I get very sentimental, I get a tear in my eye," Carson said. Carson Herron carried his daughter's bag through the regional qualifier. That fact, and not the overriding pressure, is what Super will always remember. "It was a great day, I got to spend it with my dad," she said.
Alissa Super has a husband and a daughter, but she also has a thriving business career. She's a sports agent with several professional women golfers as clients. Several of those clients, including Juli Inkster Hilary Lunke, have already qualified for Interlachen.
It's a "Super" story, and its not over, yet. Sectional qualifiers are in early June, in suburban Chicago.
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