U.S. Open Local Qualifying
Ruby Hill GC
May 7, 2012
PLEASANTON – Brandon Harkins of Scottsdale, Arizona dominated in the U.S. Open local qualifier at Ruby Hill Monday posting a score of 6-under, 66. Starting off the 10th tee it took a while for Harkins to warm up as he parred his first six holes. However, he converted seven birdies and one bogey over his final 12 holes to make his way atop the leaderboard. Finishing alone in second was 2011 California State Amateur runner-up Kevin Wentworth at 3-under 69. The Arnold resident had 14 pars on the day to go along with two birdies, an eagle and a bogey. Third place was also taken outright as Cameron Wilson from Rowayton, Conn. fired a 2-under 70 with five birdies and three bogeys.
The last three spots worked out favorably as three players finished at 1-under 71—all Northern California residents—meaning no playoff was needed for the six sectional qualifying spots. Stockton resident Josh Stone started off the day with two birdies and looked to be in good shape until a double-bogey 7 on the 13th hole. However, the 22 year-old birdied the 18th to get back into red numbers and secure one of the six spots. Ben Geyer had a fabulous front-nine with three birdies on holes four, five and eight. Where the Arbuckle resident got himself in trouble were back-to-back bogeys on holes 11 and 12, but a birdie on 16 gave him some breathing room and allowed him to take a bogey 6 on the 18th with no damage. Jeff Brehaut caught fire on his back-nine to post a 1-under 71. The Los Altos resident went bogey-birdie-bogey-bogey on holes seven through 10 to put himself at 2-over with only eight holes to go. He got a shot back with a birdie on 13, but really earned his keep in the 11th hour as he birdied 17 and 18.
Three players finished at tied for seventh after posting even-par 72s: Matthew Miller of Pleasanton, Danville’s Jake Yount and Marty Jeterson of Phoenix, Ariz. Jeterson earned first alternate spot, while the second alternate spot between Miller and Yount was determined by a coin toss as neither player showed up for the playoff. Miller won the coin toss earning the second alternate spot.