After finishing last in its fantasy football league last fall, a Kansas man was punished to play in a local US Open qualifier. This punishment brought the man back to his starting point: the bottom of the rankings.
John Eckert, a 26-year-old Overland Park native, finished last by a wide margin in Monday’s US Open qualifier in Kansas City, Mo. Winners Ryan Argotsinger and Andrew Beckler finished 40 strokes behind. over Eckert, who shot 40-over 112.
According to ESPN, Eckert snuck into qualifying by signing up as a professional player. This allowed him to circumvent the USGA requirement that amateurs have a handicap of 1.4 or less. As a result of his actions, Eckert reportedly lost access to USGA events and has already lost his amateur status.
Eckert, who told ESPN he plays about once a month, finished the front nine relatively strong – pars on numbers 5, 7 and 9 – after recording a double bogey or worse on each of the first four holes.
“The nerves started to calm down and I settled into the round,” Eckert said. “I managed to parry three of my last five holes. After those holes, my confidence skyrocketed. If it was a two-round qualifying, the field might have had some issues.”
With the looming USGA ban, it looks like Eckert will never have that chance.