USGA captures Team Services’ client, Joseph Bramlett’s path to qualifying for 2019 U.S. Open. Principal, Fred Fried, mentioned in article on Bramlett’s comeback; excerpt below, full article linked here.
Perseverance Brings Bramlett Back to Favorite Venue
June 12, 2019
By: David Shefter, USGA
The moment Joseph Bramlett walked onto the property this week at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the memories flooded back.
There was the hole-in-one on the par-3 fifth during a semifinal victory in the 2005 California State Amateur as a 17-year-old. That week was the first time he had ever played the iconic layout, and although he lost the 36-hole final, 2 and 1, the next day to Southern Californian Don Dubois, 29 years his senior, the course remains a favorite. He returned to the California Amateur for the final time the following year at Pebble Beach, losing in the semifinals to Northern Californian Jeff Gilchrist.
There was his only start in a U.S. Open in 2010, just days after receiving his diploma from Stanford University. He would miss the cut, but calls it “an amazing week” that included a practice round with fellow Cardinal and three-time U.S. Open champion Tiger Woods.
There were his two starts in the PGA Tour’s AT&T National Pro-Am in 2011 (MC) and 2012 (T-40).
And now at 31, Bramlett is back at “his favorite venue,” for the 119th U.S. Open Championship. He earned his second start in the event by converting a 6-foot par putt on the first playoff hole of the sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., on June 3.
Bramlett tried to play a couple of events 2½ years into the process, but his body wasn’t ready. Then three years ago, through his Maryland-based agent, Fred Fried, he met instructor John Scott Rattan, who works out of Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Along with his trainer, Cody Fowler, Bramlett slowly worked himself back from the abyss.