May 20, 2015
Professional Tom Johnson and four others are a step closer to getting into this year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay after advancing through a local qualifier held Wednesday at par-72 Silverado Resort in Napa.
Johnson, who briefly played on the PGA Tour, lit Silverado up, shooting a medalist-earning 9-under 63 that featured nine birdies and zero bogeys. Now an assistant coach at UC Davis, had back-to-back birdies three times during his round.
Finishing in second place at 66 was Douglas Quinones of Hidden Valley Lake. Now a mini-tour player, Quinones is a former standout at the University of Kansas.
The remaining three automatic spots into a Sectional qualifier came down to a playoff between four players who each shot 67. The three players advancing through the playoff were professional Patrick Bauer of Fairfax and amateurs Miguel Delgado of Novato and Cody Blick of Danville. Delgado, a senior in high school, won this year’s Alameda Commuters Championship. Blick plays at San Jose State.
The first alternate spot went to Pacific Grove’s Sebastian Crampton, who currently plays at Cal.
The second alternate spot also became a playoff between three players who came in with matching 68’s–Aptos’ Eddie Olson, Kaz Hoffman of Tiburon and amateur and USGA veteran Jeff Wilson of Fairfield. Olson earned the spot after winning the playoff.
This year’s U.S. Open will tee off June 18-21 at Chambers Bay.