U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifying
August 7, 2012
MONTEREY – Carmel’s Jerry Ledzinski got off to lightning hot start in U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifying at Pasadera CC in Monterey to beat out 55 other players going for three qualifying spots. Ledzinski birdied the first three holes at Pasadera CC and another birdie on the par-5 seventh hole, got the 39-year-old to four-under par. However, Ledzinski would take a double-bogey-6 on the par-4 ninth to make the turn at 33, two-under par. On the back nine Ledzinski added two more birdies along with a bogey for a one-under 35, and a round of 68 three-under par. His score was three shots clear of the nearest competitors.
Tying for second place and earning the other two spots were Jason Anthony of Fairfield and Casey Boyns of Monterey, who both finished with rounds of even-par 71. Starting off the 10th tee, Anthony got off to a rough start bogeying his opening two holes. However, he quickly was able to make up for his blemishes with an eagle on the par-5 12th. A birdie followed on the 13th before a bogey on the 15th and a double-bogey on the 17th to make the turn at two-over par, 38. Three birdies on his back nine (Nos. 1, 3 and 7) to go along with one bogey, allowed Anthony to come in with a two-under par 33 and finish his round at level par.
Boyns, a member at Pasadera CC, used his course knowledge to his advantage as he put together an even par round which included three birdies and three bogeys. The 56-year-old played steadily as he never got lower than 1-under par, but never got higher than 1-over par during his round. His birdies came on three of Pasadera’s five par-5s (Nos. 1, 7 and 17), while two of his bogeys were on par-3s (Nos. 11 and 16)—his other bogey came on the par-4 second.
Missing out on qualifying and fighting for two alternate spots by sudden-death playoff were Patrick Burda of Modesto, San Francisco’s Ben Scribner and Mark Nicoletti of Napa. Scribner and Nicoletti beat out Burda, with Scribner earning first alternate and Nicoletti taking second alternate.
Ledzinski, Anthony and Boyns will move on to the championship proper at Conway Farms GC in Lake Forest, Ill. September 8-13, 2012.