U.S. Senior Open Qualifying
June 25, 2012
TURLOCK – West Sacramento’s Dennis Webb fired a 1-under par 71 at U.S. Senior Open Qualifying at Turlock GCC to earn one of two spots available for the U.S. Senior Open Championship. The 53 year-old amateur took a while to get going as he made nine pars and one bogey over his first 10 holes. However, on the 11th hole Webb made his first birdie to get back to even-par and would add two more on holes 14 and 16—with a bogey sandwiched in between on the No. 15—to get to 1-under par, two shots clear of the nearest competition.
Joining him in the championship field is fellow amateur and NCGA member Jaime Looper, who was one of six players to finish at 73, 1-over par. Looper had to beat out professionals Brad Bell, Greg Galasso, Gary Mortara, Don Thames and Mitch Thomas in a sudden-death playoff, which needed three additional holes before Looper rose to the top. The 51 year-old played steady most of the day with the exception of a double bogey-6 on his penultimate hole. His first 16 holes Looper played the layout in 1-under par fashion with birdies on 13 and 16 and a bogey coming on the sixth.
Webb and Looper will next compete in the U.S. Senior Open Championship at Indianwood GCC in Lake Orion, Michigan, July 12-15, 2012. Thames and Mortara earned first and second alternate spots, respectively.