U.S. Open Local Qualifying
May 15, 2012
SANTA ROSA – Stockton resident Thomas Petersson fired a 5-under 67 to take U.S. Open Local Qualifying medalist honors at Mayacama GC. His round consisted of six birdies and an eagle, which was enough to overcome three bogeys on the day. Petersoon got hot early in his round birdieing holes two, four and five before making a bogey on the sixth. He got back on track though with birdies on Nos. eight and 10, but got into some trouble when he made back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14. However an eagle-3 on the par-5 15th got Petersson to 4-under and he finished off his round with a birdie on the 18th to get to 5-under.
Finishing one shot behind at 4-under par 68 was Mendocino’s Hank McCusker and Domingo Jojola of San Francisco. McCusker, who started off the 10th tee, had an incredible opening nine. After a birdie on the 12th he made four consecutive birdies on holes 14 through 17 to shoot a 5-under 30. His back nine wasn’t as promising as he made two bogeys and one birdie for a 1-over 38. Jojola started his round off with a bogey on the first hole, but got going on the sixth where he made his first birdie and then three straight on holes eight, nine and 10. After four straight pars, Jojola finished his round birdie, bogey, par and birdie for a round of 4-under 68.
Fairfield’s Jeff Wilson and Michael Jensen of Los Altos finished in a tie for fourth as both players posted a round of 3-under 69.Wilson was fairly stable in his round as it consisted of five birdies and two bogeys, while Jensen was much more volatile. His round consisted of more birdies than any other player in the field, eight, but he made his share of mistakes with a double-bogey and three bogeys over 18 holes.
Timothy Bogue of Windsor was the last to qualify as he took sixth alone with a 2-under par 70. Bogue had 14 pars on the day to go along with three birdies and a bogey. As for the two alternate spots two players finished in a tie for seventh at 1-under 71, so a playoff was done to determine the order. Scott De Borba of Elk Grove won that playoff on the third hole over Burlingame’s Bobby Poole.
The qualifying players will now go on to compete at U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at Lake Merced GC on June 4, or one of other 10 sectional qualifying sites if they choose otherwise.