Butte Creek CC
May 6, 2013
CHICO – Five players advanced to U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying on Monday at Butte Creek CC, led by 22-year-old Kyle Souza. The recently-turned professional from Livermore fired a four-under par 68, besting all other competition by two shots or more. Souza, who started off the No. 10 tee, had a seven-hole stretch starting on No. 14 and ending on No. 2 where he rattled off six birdies. Once arriving at the six-under mark, it didn’t make much difference that Souza finished with bogeys on Nos. 5 and 9 as he had sewn up one of the five available spots.
Finishing in a three-way tie for second place at two-under par 70 were Cameron Champ, Tyler Collier and Andy Miller. Champ, a 17-year-old amateur from Sacramento, got to the two-under mark thanks to five birdies in his round, none more important than the three he closed with on Nos. 7-9 (he started off No. 10). Collier, a fellow 17-year-old amateur from Chico, kept fairly stable making four birdies and two bogeys in his round. Miller, a professional from Napa and son of World Golf Hall-of-Famer Johnny Miller, finished at two-under par 70 by scoring five birdies and three bogeys on his day.
Taking the fifth and final spot was Tom Johnson of Weaverville, who finished at even-par 72. Johnson finished tied with Steven Sunwoo Choi after 18 holes, but Johnson beat out Choi after the first playoff hole. By default Choi was awarded the first alternate spot, while Kyle Hansen earned second alternate after beating out three other players in a playoff, who finished at one-over 73.
U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in California will take place June 3 at Big Canyon CC in Newport Beach.