May 6, 2013
SAN JOSE – Austin Roberts of Carmichael earned medalist honors at U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Almaden CC on Monday, firing a five-under par 67. The 20-year-old amateur got off to a hot start opening his round with back-to-back birdies, making five total birdies and two bogeys on his front-nine to turn at 33. On the back-nine, while Roberts cooled off with some by only making two birdies, he eliminated mistakes by not taking any bogeys to come in with a 34.
Roberts, who finished fourth in last week’s NCGA Public Links Championship, was one of five golfers at Almaden CC to advance to U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying next month at Big Canyon CC in Newport Beach (or sectional qualifying site of his choice). The other four players to qualify include Jeff Brehaut, Brian Thompson, Chris Parkinson and Brian Harkins.
Brehaut, a professional from Los Altos, finished alone in second with a score of 68, four-under par. He was able to put together a bogey-free round and convert four birdies in two separate back-to-back instances on Nos. 9 and 10, and 16 and 17. Alone in third was Brian Thompson, a professional from Gilroy, who posted a three-under par 69. Thompson had a stellar front-nine with five birdies and no bogeys to go out in 31, but he struggled on the back-nine before closing with an eagle-3 on the 18th hole to come in with a 38.
Seven players tied for fourth at even-par 72, requiring a playoff for the final two spots. In the end, Chris Parkinson an amateur from Danville, and Brandon Harkins, a professional from Scottsdale, Ariz., survived the playoff to advance. Earning first alternate was amateur Justin Estrada of Yuba City, while second alternate went to Chris Hatzke, a professional from Vacaville.
U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in California will take place June 3 at Big Canyon CC in Newport Beach.