May 12, 2015 **** Update ****
Viraat Badhwar was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Weaver moves to the fifth spot, with Stone becoming first alternate.
May 11, 2015
Five players got a step closer to playing in this year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay after advancing through a local qualifier for the championship held Monday at par-72 Ruby Hill Country Club in Pleasanton.
Leading the pack was former Web.com Tour member Brandon Harkins, who carded a 2-under 70 thanks to a stellar back-nine. Winner of the 2014 Monterey Open, Harkins, who lives in Arizona, was at 1-over through 12 holes before birdying holes No.13 through No.15 in succession.
Also moving on after finishing tied for second were a pair of Cardinal. Stanford senior Patrick Grimes and sophomore Viraat Badhwar both advanced after shooting rounds of 71. Badhwar recently competed with fellow Cardinal sophomore Maverick McNealy in the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at the Olympic Club.
The final two players to advance to Sectional qualifying were Livermore’s Todd Fischer (72) and Hayden Shieh of Fremont (72). Fischer, a University of San Francisco product, played on the Nationwide Tour and PGA Tour from 2001 to 2011. Shieh finished second at last year’s NCGA Public Links Championship.
The first alternate is Michael Weaver (74) of Fresno. The second alternate is Joshua Stone (74) of Stockton.
A Sectional qualifier for the 2015 U.S. Open will be held June 8 at Newport CC and Big Canyon CC in Southern California.