NCGA Connections at U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier
June 5, 2015
What is the only U.S. Open Sectional qualifier in Calfornia tees off Monday morning at Newport Country Club and Big Canyon Country Club in Southern California.
Known as ‘Golf’s Longest Day,’ the 36-hole qualifier field will feature a field of 112 players, all of them gunning for a golden ticket to the championship proper, set for June 18-21 at Chambers Bay.
As usual, some of the names are recognizable from the big tours. Among those slated to tee off include 1992 Masters champ and two-time PGA Tour Player of the Year (1991, 1992) Fred Couples, current PGA Tour members Jason Gore and Max Homa and former PGA Tour member Keith Clearwater.
On the amateur front, there will also be a substantial number of players with connections to the NCGA. Here’s a quick look at some of those players to keep an eye on come Monday’s play.
- Cody Blick: A junior at San Jose State, Blick won last year’s Fresno City Four-Ball playing with Landon Polterock. As a Spartan, Blick led the team this season with a 70.7 stroke average. One of his wins came at the Bandon Dunes Championship.
- Carlos Briones: A junior at Santa Clara, Briones led this year’s Alameda Commuters Championship for three rounds before finishing T-3. While at Moreau Catholic High, Briones was ranked as Northern California’s No.2 college recruit.
- Hayden Shieh: A freshman at Santa Clara, Shieh led the Broncos this season with a 72.31 stroke average. In the fall, he’d capture the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational. At the 2014 NCGA Public Links Championship, Shieh finished as runner-up.
- Jobim Carlos: A senior at the University of San Francisco, Carlos was second on the Dons this season with a 73.86 stroke average. At last fall’s St. Mary’s Invitational, he’d finish as runner-up. Carlos originally hails from the Philippines.
- Cameron Champ: A freshman at Texas A&M, Champ, who’s from Sacramento, had an injury plagued season that limited him to six tournaments. Prior to arriving at Texas A&M, the long-hitting Champ was ranked as the No.3 incoming freshman in America by Golfweek.