May 13, 2015
Five players took another step towards playing in this year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay after advancing through a local qualifier held Wednesday at par-70 Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto.
Leading the field was Serra High of San Mateo senior Isaiah Salinda, who carded a medalist-earning 6-under 64. Salinda, who’ll join the Stanford men’s team in the fall, got off to a great start by making eagle on the par-5 1st hole. He’d have two more birdies and a bogey for a front-nine 32. After making the turn, Salinda had another bogey on the 10th, but he’d rebound by adding back-to-back birdies on the 11th and 12th and 17th and 18th.
Finishing in second place at 68 was 51-year-old veteran pro Jeff Brehaut. Brehaut, a journeyman who won twice on the Nationwide Tour and captured the 2004 Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational, had four birdies and two bogeys.
Taking third place was Carlos Briones at 69, while pro Ashley Marsay finished fourth at 70. A junior at Santa Clara, Briones led this year’s Alameda Commuters Championship at Chuck Corica Golf Complex before a final round 73 dropped him into a tie for third place. marsay is a PGA professional based at Burlingame Country Club.
The final fifth spot came down to a playoff between Jobim Carlos of San Francisco and CSU-Monterey Bay senior Robby Salomon, who each finished regulation at 71. Sobim advanced after winning the playoff, while Salomon earned first alternate.
The second alternate spot came down to a playoff between eight players. Henry Cassriel of Orinda won the playoff to earn the spot.