U.S. Open Local Qualifying
Fort Washington GCC
May 7, 2012
FRESNO – Fresno resident and Fort Washington GCC member Ryan Nelson converted eight birdies Monday to share low honors with Manav Shah of Bakersfield at U.S. Open Local Qualifying as both players finished with 4-under, 67s. Nelson, who was in the first group of the morning off the first tee opened up with a birdie and scored two more on holes five and six. However, he got himself in trouble on eight and nine as he made bogey and double-bogey to go out at even-par 35. Nelson recovered though as he birdied 10, 12, 16 and 18 with no bogeys for a back-nine 4-under 32. Shah’s round was much more stable as he scored five birdies and one bogey over 18 holes. After a bogey on the third hole, Shah never looked back and made birdies on holes six, nine, 10, 14 and 16.
Also qualifying were four others: Bhavik Patel of Bakersfield, Lafayette’s Rick Reinsberg, Doug Garwood of Stevenson Ranch and San Jose’s Jay Myers. Patel, the 2011 California State Amateur Champion, had more eagles in his round than birdies. The Bakersfield resident converted two eagles on Fort Washington’s three par-5s (Nos. nine and 16) while he made his lone birdie on the fourth hole. That to go along with two bogeys on Nos. six and seven for a 3-under 68 and a solo third place finish. Garwood and Reinsberg finished in a tie for fourth at 2-under par 69. Garwood, the only professional of the six to qualify had four birdies and two bogeys on his day, while Reinsberg scored five birdies and three bogeys in his round.
Myers, the last to qualify, had to beat out five others for the final spot in sudden death playoff as six players posted 1-under 70s on the day. The San Jose resident got off to a rough start to the day as he took a triple-bogey 7 on the first hole. However, Myers recovered nicely with no over par scores the rest of the day and converted four birdies. His stellar play continued in the playoff as he made birdies on the first two playoff holes, something unmatched by his other competitors, grabbing the final spot. In the playoff he beat out Matthew Fagundes, Tommy Masters, Thomas Richardson, Sam Smith and Michael Weaver. Smith of Turlock earned first alternate spot, while Weaver earned second alternate spot. The six who qualified will go onto U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying likely at Lake Merced GC in Daly City, unless they choose to play at one of the other 10 sites across the U.S.