San Jose CC
August 26, 2013
SAN JOSE – Four bogeys at San Jose CC didn’t seem to deter Ryan Sloane during U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifying on Monday. Sloane fired a 3-under-par 67 to not only earn one of four spots for next month’s championship, but also earned tournament medalist honors. The Campbell resident, who started off No. 6 tee, began his round quickly birdieing Nos. 6, 7 and 9 to quickly get to 3-under-par. The 33-year-old remained at 3-under through 12 holes, making bogeys on Nos. 10 and 12, while eagling the 11th, before getting to 5-under with birdies on No. 14 and 15. Over his final eight holes, Sloane would make six pars and two bogeys, making back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 1 and 2, to post a 67.
Tied for second place, one-shot behind at 2-under-par 68 were Sean Barrett of San Francisco and Eddie Davis of San Mateo. Barrett made five birdies and three bogeys in his round, while Davis had a bogey-free effort, converting two birdies on Nos. 8 and 17.
Earning the fourth and final spot, having to beat out three other players in a sudden-death playoff was Daniel Griffiths. The Redwood City resident fired a 1-under-par 69 along with Jason Anthony of Fairfield, Kevin Blue of Palo Alto and Nick Moore of Seaside. After all players advanced after the first playoff hole (No. 6), it came down to a battle between Griffiths and Blue when both players birdied the second playoff hole (No. 17). Griffiths then birdied the third playoff hole (No. 18), nearly holing his approach shot to capture the final spot. Earning first alternate was Blue, while Anthony earned second alternate, respectively.
The four players to survive qualify for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at The Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. on October 5-10.