Santa Rosa GCC
July 29, 2013
SANTA ROSA – Brandon Baumgarten went wire-to-wire to take medalist honors at Santa Rosa GCC in U.S. Amateur Qualifying. Opening with a five-under-par 67 to take a two-shot advantage on his nearest competition, Baumgarten put it in cruise control in the afternoon to fire an even-par 72 and finish at 139, five-under-par. The Granite Bay resident’s day include a bogey-free round in the morning that included five birdies, along with an afternoon round that consisted of three birdies and three bogeys.
The two other players to qualify along with Baumgarten were Andrew Wood of Alameda and Miguel Delgado of Novato, who each finished at 140, four-under-par. Wood and Delgado tied for second with Ben Corfee of El Macero, who had rounds of 71 and 69. However, after a sudden-death playoff between the three Wood and Delgado advanced while Corfee was designated with first alternate.
Wood had rounds of 71 and 69, and was very near not making it all. After a bogey on the 17th hole of his second round, Wood was at one-under-par for the round and two-under-par total, short of earning any type of spot. However, three good shots on the par-5 18th gave Wood an eagle for a three-under 69 and a spot in a playoff. In not near as dramatic of fashion Delgado had similar back-to-back rounds of 70. The Novato resident made six birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey in his morning round compared to five birdies and three bogeys in his afternoon round.
Nearly capturing a qualifying spot coming up just one stroke shy of a playoff and instead earning second alternate was Corey Pereira. The Cameron Park resident opened his day poorly with a five-over-par 77, but the NCGA Junior Champion stormed back in the afternoon with an impressive eight-under-par 64 to finish at 141, three-under-par.
Baumgarten, Wood and Delgado each qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. August 12-18.