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    QED Style featured by Golf Digest

    QED and the Sugarhouse Polo were featured yesterday in an online Golf Digest article written by Marty Hackel. Marty is the Fashion Director at Golf Digest and tries to help golfers look both stylish and unique. We are flattered to be a part of the largest golf publication in the world! You can read the article here. For more from Marty, follow him on Twitter @MrStyleMH

    John Riegger joins Team QED Style

    John Riegger joins Team QED Style

    We are proud to announce the addition of Champions Tour winner, John Riegger, to Team QED Style. Winner of the 2013 Boeing Classic, John has 30 years of professional golf experience and will not only be a great brand ambassador but also a valuable resource.

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    3 QED Style Team Members reach Finals

    The road to the PGA starts with the Tour, but getting status on that tour is no easy task. Each year over 1,000 professional golfers will try to get status on the Tour but only 45 will gain guaranteed starts for the initial stage of the season. For those who are not exempt from the qualifying stages, getting status means having to play in up to 3 events where roughly only the top 1/3rd advance. For a detailed explanation of the qualifying process see our Guide to Understanding the Tour.

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    Andy Pope's Road to the US Open

    Andy Pope's Road to the US Open

    Five times Andy Pope had made it through to Sectional Qualifying for the US Open. Like each prior year, it all starts in May when Andy, along with 9,800 other men, would take another run at playing their way into one of the world's most prestigious golf tournaments. After getting through Local Qualifying, players must compete in a one day 36 hole event which is called the "longest day in golf".

    On this day stories were unfolding at record pace. In Dallas, 15 year old Cole Hammer was stunning the world as he became the 3rd youngest to qualify for the US Open. In Florida, Andy Pope was part of another drama where 6 men were neck and neck competing for just 4 spots. In the end, a second round 67 would prove be good enough for a T1 finish (along with Luke Donald),  and just one shot away from having to compete in a playoff. After the round Andy reflected on what it meant to qualify for the US Open.

    "I knew it was something special but really it was just a sense of relief that all of the hard work over the years had paid off."
    In the days leading up the US Open, Andy would play two practice rounds at Chambers Bay. Like nearly every other player, Pope had no experience at this controversial course. For players like Andy who are not regulars on the PGA Tour, the course was just one of many things that would be new. Whether it be the massive media coverage, player amenities or the spectacular life-changing opportunity, the US Open provided Andy with an overwhelming sensory overload. Getting into the US Open is a fantastic accomplishment, but the reality is that without making a cut, players essentially will have played three tournaments for exactly zero payout. In other words, making the cut is the only path to an actual paycheck. Asked about his expectations, Pope had this to say.
    "Just like any tournament, I wanted to make the cut and try to put myself in a position to contend on Sunday."

    Pope's first round was not exceptional with only one birdie, but without any double bogies, Andy's 74 would keep the cutline in sight and give him hope that a solid Friday morning round could put him into the weekend.

    Unfortunately, Andy's 2nd round did not start well with back to back bogeys. Then, on the driveable par 4 #12, Andy hit his tee ball to 12 feet and sunk his eagle putt. Followed up by a birdie, Pope had a little momentum and a real chance to shoot even par which would likely keep him inside the cutline. Easier said than done, Pope would trade a few bogeys and birdies (including a critical birdie on his last hole) to finish plus five and tied for 98th place.

    "We figured even par or better would get us through to the weekend so when I made a late bogey to go plus two for the day I knew I had to find a way to get a stroke back on the last two holes. Fortunaty, I made a great swing on the last hole and was able to convert a 7 foot birdie putt."
    What transpired over the next 5 hours would be a steady rise on the leaderboard as players struggled in the afternoon and fell out of contention. At one point late in the day, Andy was T63 with only a handful of players left on the course. Since only the top 60 players would make the cut, Pope's future would ultimately come down to how well an amateur by the name of Nick Hardy played the par 3 ninth hole. Par and Andy Pope goes home, bogey, he and 14 other players stay the weekend.
    "Making the cut was great, but really once you are inside the ropes it's just like any other week. Right now my ball striking is really sharp so I had a lot of confidence. Unfortunately my putting was a bit off and I just was not able to post the type of scores I think I should have."

    With the weekend secured, Pope now could focus on trying to climb the leaderboard, gain experience and enjoy participating in one of the most watched golf tournaments of the year.

    While Andy would ultimately finish T70, he did have a number of highlights including a 60 foot birdie putt on Sunday. However, in the case of many non-PGA players, it was the experience that may end up being the most valuable. Having endured the torturous Chambers Bay for four days against the best players in the world will surely pay dividends in the future.

    QED Style is proud to be the apparel sponsor for Andy Pope and we look forward to watching him build on his success at the US Open. Wondering what Andy Pope wore during the US Open?

    Andy Popes US Open apparel script

    QED Style Team Member Andy Pope Qualifies for the US Open at Oakmont

    SUMMIT, NJ -- Christopher Crawford stole the show with a clutch 40-foot birdie on his final hole to qualify for the 116th U.S. Open Championship. Crawford's dramatic finish tied him with Michael Miller, Justin Hicks, and QED Style team member, Andy Pope. Pope, who qualified for his second straight U.S. Open, opened with a 72 and rallied with a great second round 66 to finish T-3 via sectional qualifying.

    “It feels great to be back. Last year was great in making the cut, but I feel like Oakmont is a better fit for my game. I’m really excited to get out there.”

    This will be a record-extending ninth time the tournament has been held at Oakmont. Widely considered to be among the toughest courses in the world despite a lack of water hazards and trees, Oakmont begins with the toughest three hole start in championship golf while rudely introducing players to its unforgiving greens and penal layout.

    Despite this, Pope remains unfluttered.

    “I played 18 holes on Sunday and 18 again today. The course is obviously very difficult, but I found it to be more doable than what everyone has been saying.”

    The experienced gained at last year's Championship will be invaluable to Pope, who looks to improve upon his 2015 finish. Andy tees off #10 at 2:31pm EDT on Thursday afternoon and is grouped with Matt Marshall and amateur Sam Burns. Due to the rain delays, Andy now has a tee time of 3:46 PM 6:11 PM EDT. The U.S. Open Championship will be broadcast nationwide on FOX. You can follow Andy's progress throughout the week on the U.S. Open website.

    QED Style is proud to be the apparel sponsor for Andy Pope and we look forward to watching him build on his success at the U.S. Open. Wondering what Andy Pope is wearing during the US Open?

    More information about last Monday's qualifying rounds in New Jersey can be found at the U.S. Open's website.