La Rinconada CC
August 5, 2013
LOS GATOS – Rich Gleghorn did something nobody else could do in U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifying at La Rinconada CC on Monday: post an under-par score. After 18 holes Gleghorn was the only player with a red number firing a one-under-par 69 to take medalist honors.
Gleghorn, who started his round off the 10th tee, actually got off to a rough start, bogeying Nos. 10 and 11 right of the gate. However, his round slowly materialized into something better by birdieing Nos. 13 and 15, before exchanging a bogey on the 17th with a birdie on the 18th to turn at even-par. Then on his back-nine, the Santa Cruz resident got his first taste of red digits birdieing No. 3 before bogeying No. 4. Gleghorn finished strong though scoring four pars and one birdie (No. 7) on his final five to top the entire field.
Joining him in next month’s championship capturing the other three spots were Terry Foreman, Craig Ling and Cater Kimble . Foreman was the early leader in the clubhouse posting an even-par 70 that looked tough to beat. Most of the Antioch resident’s action came on Nos. 4-8, where he made bogeys on Nos. 4 and 5, before three straight birdies on Nos. 6 through 8. From there, the 2012 NCGA Senior Match Play Champion made nine pars and one bogey (No. 16). Ling joined Foreman in second place near the end of the day, posting his even-par score as the final few groups were finishing up. The Monterey resident also started his round with over-par scores before a birdie, making a double-bogey on No. 4 before birdies on Nos. 5, 7 and 8. Over his final 10 holes, Ling made bogey on the ninth, birdie on No. 11, bogey on the 12th and then six straight pars.
Kimble was the final player to qualify with a score of one-over-par 71, but had to beat out Jack Anthony (first alternate) and Frank Pieper (second alternate) in a sudden-death playoff to do so. Kimble, who won after the first playoff hole, looked as if he may not have any chance at qualifying early in his round. Starting off his round with five bogeys over his first 11 holes, Kimble didn’t make his first birdie until the 13th hole. From there, the Salinas resident reeled off birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 18 to finish in a tie for fourth at one-over-par.
The four qualifying players will advance to the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, September 21-26, at Wade Hampton GC in Cashiers, N.C.