July 15, 2013
PLEASANTON – Plenty of red numbers could be found at Castlewood CC on Monday for U.S. Amateur Qualifying, but it only did three competitors any good with the small allotment given for next month’s championship. In the end, Matt Pinizzotto, Mathew Miller and Jason Anthony each earned spots by posting 36-hole scores of seven-under-par or better.
Pinizzotto of Salinas earned medalist honors with his score of 135, nine-under-par. In the morning starting off the No. 10 tee, Pinizzotto made birdies on Nos. 12, 17, 1, 2, 5 and 9 to go along with one bogey (No. 4) for a five-under-par 67. In the afternoon, he matched his morning birdie total with six (Nos. 1, 2, 6, 9, 10 and 12), but took one extra bogey (Nos. 11 and 13) for a four-under-par 68.
Tied for second at 137, seven-under-par were Miller and Anthony. Miller torched the course in the afternoon to find his way toward the top of the leaderboard. Opening with a one-under-par 71 in the morning with four birdies and three bogeys, Miller had a bogey-free six-under-par 66 in the afternoon. Starting off the No. 10 tee, Miller made one birdie over his first 10 holes (No. 16), but then caught fire making five birdies over his final eight holes (Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6 and 9). Anthony’s road to 137 was much more conventional by opening up with a three-under-par 69 in the morning and closing with a four-under-par 68 in the afternoon. Making five birdies and two bogeys in his morning round, Anthony took more of each in both categories for his afternoon round, converting eight birdies and four bogeys.
Finishing alone in fourth place at 138, six-under-par and earning first alternate was Lorens Chan of Honolulu. Chan, who shared the first-round lead after a morning round of five-under 67, followed with a one-under-par 71 in the afternoon. Jeff Murphy earned the second alternate spot and finished alone in fifth place at 139, five-under-par. Murphy also shared the 18-hole lead opening with a five-under 67, but regressed in the afternoon with an even-par 72. Despite finishing in a tie for 18th place and coming up 10 shots short of qualifying with a score of 147, Ryan Maund aced the 123-yard par-3 14th during his morning round.
The U.S. Amateur Championship will take place at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. August 12-18.