May 12, 2014
Santa Cruz resident Cory McElyea is a step closer to returning to the U.S. Open Championship.
McElyea, the defending California State Amateur Championship winner, was medalist at Monday’s U.S. Open local qualifier at par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, carding a 3-under 67.
McElyea, who played in last year’s U.S. Open at Merion, had five birdies and two bogeys over his round at Pasatiempo. Last year, McElyea advanced through a Sectional qualifier in Southern California by surviving a three-man playoff for the last spot.
Also advancing through the Pasatiempo qualifier were San Francisco resident John Carlos, Aptos resident Eddie Olson and Columbia’s David Brown, who all finished T-2 at 68.
Four players–Nathan Pistacchio, Jay Meyers, Nicholas Seymour and Landon Polterock–all shot 69 and tied for the final spot. The four went to a playoff, with Pistacchio emerging the winner.
Sectional qualifying will be held June 2 at Lake Merced GC and The Olympic Club (Ocean Course).