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U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifying – Santa Rosa

Pairings – Player Information – Results July 21, 2014 Pebble Beach resident Kraig McLeod punched his ticket, and then waited to see how the rest of the field would fare. McLeod, who plays at the University of Colorado, shot a medalist-earning 7-under 137 to advance through a qualifier for this year’s U.S. Amateur held Monday at par-72 Santa Rosa Country Club. McLeod had rounds of 70-67. Overall, the former Carmel High standout nabbed 12 birdies to go with just three bogeys and a double-bogey. After McLeod, four players came in tied for second at 140. Thing was, there were only three total spots available. In a playoff, Cody Riecks of Auburn and Alex Marry of San Clemete earned the final two spots. During regulation, Riecks had rounds of 72-68 while Marry shot 69-71. The first alternate spot went to Tanner Makimoto of Roseville. The second alternate spot is Isaiah Salinda of South San...

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U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifying – San Joaquin

Pairings – Player Information – Results July 14, 2014 San Rafael’s Alex Franklin and Turlock’s Paul Smith are headed to this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship. Franklin shot a medalist-earning 5-under 137 to grab the top spot in Monday’s 36-hole sectional qualifier at par-71 San Joaquin Country Club, while Smith was runner-up at 138. Only two automatic berths into the championship were available at the qualifier. Franklin, who plays at Oregon State, was sensational in the first round, carding a 68 that included four birdies and just one bogey. In his second round, the Marin College transfer had five birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey for a 69. Smith, who plays at USC,  went from a 71 to a second round 67 to earn his trip. The former NCAA Division II PING All-American pick at CSU-Stanislaus had the hot hand in the afternoon, posting five birdies with just one bogey. This year’s U.S. Amateur Championship will be held at Atlanta Athletic Club in Atlanta, Georgia on August...

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U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifying – Butte Creek

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results July 7, 2014 Elk Grove resident Andrej Bevins and Chico resident Tyler Collier are headed to this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship. Bevins shot 9-under 133 and Collier shot 4-under 138 and defeated two players in a playoff to advance to the championship in a 36-hole qualifier held Monday at par-72 Butte Creek Country Club. Bevins, a junior at the University of New Mexico, was flawless, carding an eagle, seven birdies and 28 pars over his two rounds to beat the field by five strokes. Collier finished regulation tied at 138 with fellow Chico residents Kurt Kitayama and William Flitcroft. In the playoff, and with just one spot remaining, both Kitayama and Collier tied on the first hole with matching pars, while Flitcroft made bogey. Collier and Kityama proceeded to keep dueling, until Collier prevailed on the 5th playoff hole. Kitayama will be first alternate, while Flitcroft is second alternate. This year’s U.S. Amateur will tee off August 11-17 at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek,...

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U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results May 19, 2014 A trio of Junior Tour of Northern California products, including a record 11-year-old, are headed to this year’s U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst. Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, Kathleen Scavo of Benicia and  Folsom resident Paige Lee all earned spots in the championship on Monday, getting through a 36-hole Sectional qualifier held on the Old Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links. Li, the medalist, shot a medalist-earning 142 with rounds of 74 and 68. At age 11, Li is the youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. The previous youngest player was Lexi Thompson (age 12) in 2007. Back in April, Li scored perfect 11s in driving and chipping, and added a 4 in putting to win the Girls 10-11 age group with 26 points at the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt at Augusta National Golf Club. Last year, Li became the youngest player to reach match play at the U.S. Women’s Public Links at the age of 10. Li also became the youngest player to make the cut at the 2011 California Women’s State Amateur at the age of 9. Scavo, a junior at Justin-Sienna High, finished second, seven behind Li, at 149 (78-71). Scavo is two-time defending champion of the California Junior Girls State Championship. Lee, who came in third at 150 (76-74), is a former standout on the JTNC. She now plays at UC Davis, where she is a freshman. Casie Cathrea of Livermore, who was the low amateur at last year’s U.S. Women’s Open, withdrew from the event. This year’s U.S. Women’s Open will tee off June 19-22 on the heels of the U.S. Open at...

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U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Qualifying

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results July 14, 2014 Fullerton resident Stephanie Lau and seven others are headed to this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Lau paved the way by shooting a medalist earning 2-under 68 in a sectional qualifier held Monday at par-70 Sequoyah Country Club. She’d play solid golf, carding four birdies to go with just two bogeys. Recent CSU-Monterey Bay grad and NCGA Women’s Amateur champion Audra Kepler also advanced, carding a 70. Jordan Lippetz of Oakland moved on as well, finishing third at 71. The five other players advancing through the qualifier were San Jose State star Regina De Guzman (72), Manteca’s Brooke Riley (72), Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar (73), Palo Alto’s Jayshree Sarathy (73) and Brea’s Amy Lee (73). De Guzman recently finished third at the Monterey City Amateur Championship. She was one of only two females competing in the event. The first alternate is Carmen Gutierrez Ballon, who shot 75 along with second alternate Kathleen Scavo of Benicia. Scavo recently competed in the U.S. Women’s...

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U.S. Girls’ Junior Qualifying

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results June 30, 2014 Palo Alto resident Anna Zhou and three others are headed to this year’s U.S. Girls’ Amateur Championship. Playing in a qualifier held Monday at Peach Tree Golf and Country Club, Zhou shot a  7-under 65 to earn medalist honors. Zhou punched her ticket with a brilliant front-nine 30 that included six birdies. On her back-nine, Zhou added another birdie. Finishing second at 66 was Santa Rosa’s Yuka Saso, who also had a great day. Saso rang up seven birdies, but she also had a bogey on the par-3 14th. Also advancing were Emilee Hoffman of Folsom and Alameda resident Melissa Yao, who both came in at 72. Mabel Wong of Oakdale (73) is the first alternate. The second alternate is Courtney Gaioiran of Vallejo...

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U.S. Amateur Public Links Qualifying

Pairings – Player Information – Player Green Fee Notice – Yardages – Results June 18, 2014 A pair of Northern California players will be in the field for what will be the final U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Campbell resident Ryan Sloane and St. Mary’s standout Jonathan De Los Reyes both earned spots in the championship by finishing first and second, respectively, in a 36-hole qualifier held Wednesday at par-72 Boundary Oak Golf Course. Sloane, a two-time winner of the NCGA Four-Ball Championship, earned medalist honors by finishing at 11-under 133 (63-70). In his morning round, Sloane was on fire. He’d card two eagles to go with six birdies and just one bogey to take a three shot lead over the field. De Los Reyes, winner of this year’s Alameda Commuters Championship and the current leader in the NCGA Points standings for Player of the Year honors, was also strong in the morning, posting a 6-under 66 that featured one eagle and four birdies. He’d card a second round 69 to finish at 135, two behind Sloane. Nabbing the third and last automatic berth was New Mexico resident Patrick Beyhan, who finished at 139 (68-71). This year’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship will be held July 14-19 at Sand Creek Station GC in Kansas....

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U.S. Senior Open Championship Qualifying

Pairings – Player Information – Results June 23, 2014 Amateur Jeff Wilson of Fairfield is headed to this year’s U.S. Senior Open. Wilson shot a medalist-earning 4-under 68 in a qualifier for the championship held Monday at par-72 Green Valley Country Club. Starting on the 10th hole, Wilson slipped early with a bogey on the 11th. From there though, he was flawless, going bogey free with five birdies. Wilson hs been the medalist in three U.S. Mid-Ams, and advanced to the semifinals in each of those events. Professionals Rob Boldt of Concord and Rodney Wilson of Burlingame finished tied for second with a pair of 70’s. Boldt grabbed the second spot in a playoff. Wilson is first alternate. Amateur Ron Collet earned second alternate after finishing at 71. This year’s U.S. Senior Open will be held July 10-13 at Oak Tree National Golf Club in...

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U.S. Senior Open Championship Qualifying

Pairings – Player Information – Results June 18, 2014 Chardonnay Golf Club professional Shawn McEntee is headed back to a senior major. McEntee fired a 3-under 69 to earn medalist honors in a U.S. Open Senior Open qualifier held Tuesday at par-72 Turlock Golf and Country Club. McEntee, who played in last year’s PGA Championship, made his charge with four birdies on his last six holes. The second automatic berth into the championship proper came down to a playoff between four players who finished at 70. Anthony Smith of Clovis, another professional, claimed the second spot by winning the playoff. First alternate is Wayne Carter, an amateur from Blue Jay, California. Second alternate is Clifford Smith, another amateur from...

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U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifying

Pairings – Results June 30, 2014 San Jose’s Justin Suh continued to roll. Suh, who recently won the CIF State Boys’ Golf Individual title and the Santa Clara County Championship, earned a spot in the upcoming U.S Junior Amateur by carding a medalist-earning 5-under 135 in a 36-hole qualifier held Monday at Stanford Golf Course. Suh, the 2013 Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year, carded rounds of 69 and 66. During his second round 66 he’d post a front-nine 31 with five birdies and a bogey. On his back-nine, Suh carded all pars. Joshua McCarthy of Danville, who currently holds the No.1 spot in this year’s JTNC points standings race, also advanced, shooting 136 (67-69) to finish alone in second place. Others earning automatic spots in the championship were Daniel Connolly of San Francisco (69-72–141) and Ryan Han of Hollister (71-71–142). This year’s U.S. Junior Amateur will tee off July 21-26 at Carlton Woods Golf Club in The Woodlands,...

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U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifying – Yolo Fliers Club

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results June 16, 2014 A quartet of players played their way into this year’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Elk Grove resident David Laskin led the way in Monday’s 36-hole qualifier at par-72 Yolo Fliers Club, posting a medalist-earning 5-under 139 that included rounds of 70 and 69. Laskin’s day included an eagle, nine birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey. Placing second at 140, just a stroke behind, was Roseville resident Joshua Sedeno, who posted rounds of 68 and 72. Sedeno also had an eagle with four birdies and just two bogeys. Coming in a tie for third at 143, and earning the last two spots, were fellow Sacramento residents Alexander Lee (72-71) and Austen Sandoval (71-72). This year’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will tee off July 21-26 at the Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands,...

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U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Qualifying

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results  May 28, 2014 Redwood City resident Lucy Li, who made history by becoming the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open, has also qualified for this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. Li shot 3-over 75 to finish tied for third in an 18-hole qualifier held Wednesday at par-72 Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton. The low nine individuals qualified for the championship, which will be held July 14-19 at The Home Course in Dupont, Wa. Camille Orito of Fresno and Blair Lewis of La Mesa shared medalist honors with scores of 71. Joining Li at 75 in the tie for third was four other players—Bakersfield resident Meghan Shain, Fresno’s Hannah Sodersten, Caryn Khoo of Reno and Clare Sorensen of Roseville. The last two spots came down to a playoff between five players who finished tied at 76. Those emerging from the playoff were Angella Then of Rancho Cucamonga and Taryn Yee of Sacramento.  ...

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