Ruby Hill GC
May 13, 2013
PLEASANTON – Josh Stone of Stockton earned medalist honors at U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Ruby Hill GC, Monday. Stone, an amateur who was a member of the NCGA’s 2012 Hanna-Wehrman Cup team, fired a score of two-under par 69 edging out Eric Ash and Jason Schmul at one-under par 70. Stone’s round was exceptional over the first 14 holes, making birdies on Nos. 4, No. 6 and 11 to get to three-under par. However, on the par-4 15th, the 23-year-old gave all of it back taking a triple bogey-7. Unfazed, Stone came back strong with birdies on Nos. 16 and 18 for the only sub-70 round.
Ash and Schmul tied for second, one shot back and earned a spot in U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying with their respective performances. Ash, a 20-year-old amateur from Loomis, had a very back-and-forth round making six birdies, one bogey and two double bogeys on the day. Schmul, a professional from Windsor, had a fairly steady round making five birdies and four bogeys.
Four players tied for fourth at even-par 71, with two players earning qualifying spots and two earning alternate spots after a sudden-death playoff. The two players to survive the playoff were both amateurs from Fremont Mac McClung and Hayden Shieh, who beat out professionals Cameron Rappleye and Jake Sarnoff. McClung, a senior on St. Mary’s College golf team, had three birdies, a bogey and double bogey in his round, with all three birdies on his second nine. The 17-year-old Shieh had a much more volatile round making five birdies, which were countered by five bogeys. After an additional playoff hole Sarnoff earned first alternate, leaving Rappleye with second alternate.
The five players moving on will make their next stop at a U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying site on June 3. The California site for U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying is at Big Canyon CC in Newport Beach.