July 26, 2016
Three players punched their tickets to this year’s U.S. Amateur after advancing through a 36-hole qualifier held Monday at par-72 Sonoma Golf Club.
Leading the way was medalist Jin Ho Chung of Cerritos, who came in with a score of 6-under 136 after posting rounds of 66-70.
Also advancing was Granite Bay’s Bryan Baumgarten, who finished at 137 (67-70). Three players–Taylor Bromley of Dublin, Jonathan Keane of San Francisco and Ben Peters of Redwood City–all finished tied for third at 138. In a playoff, Bromley emerged as the winner, claiming the third automatic spot. The first alternate spot went to Peters, with Keane getting the second alternate spot.
Christian Banke of Danville earned medalist honors, coming in with a score of 8-under 136 at par-72 El Macero GC in Davis.
Banke made his big move in the afternoon round, shooting a 66 that featured eight birdies and two bogeys.
The second and third automatic spots went down to a playoff between three players–Danville’s Joshua McCarthy, Reno’s Charles Osborne and Jeremy Sanchez of Davis–who all finished tied for third at 137. Moving on were McCarthy and Sanchez.
The first alternate spot went to Osborne. The second alternate spot went to Ryan Han of Elk Grove, who emerged from another playoff after four players tied at 139.
Peter Griffith aced the par-3 12th hole using a 6-iron.