May 21, 2015
Five players moved a step closer to competing in this year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay after advancing through a local qualifier held Thursday at par-71 Granite Bay Golf Club in Granite Bay.
Former Sacramento State standout Jordan Weir, now a professional residing in El Dorado Hills, led the field with a medalist-earning 3-under 68. Starting on the back-nine, Weir had an early bogey on the 14th but quickly bounced back by carding three consecutive birdies from holes No.15 through No.17.
The other four automatic spots went to four players–Ryan Gronlund, Stephen Edman, Kevin Lucas and Cameron Champ–who came in with identical 70’s.
Gronlund, a former star at Foothill High, now plays at Southern Methodist University. Edman, who hails from Rocklin, and Lucas, from Folsom, are both professionals competing on the mini-tour circuit. Champ, a two-time Rolex All-American as a junior player, is a freshman at Texas A&M. Champ missed a majority of the 2014-2015 due to nagging injuries.
The first alternate spot came down to a playoff between professional James Stewart of Folsom and amateur and fellow SMU team member Austin Smotherman after the two came in with matching 71’s. Smotherman earned the first alternate spot in the playoff, with James getting the second alternate spot. Smotherman recently competed in the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at The Olympic Club with another SMU player–Bryson DeChambeau.
A Sectional qualifier for the U.S Open will be held June 8 at Newport Country Club and Big Canyon CC in Southern California.