Granite Bay GC
May 18, 2017
Defending California Amateur champion Shintaro Ban came up big yet again.
Ban, a junior at UNLV, was one of five players advancing through Thursday’s U.S. Open local qualifier at par-71 Granite Bay GC. Also the defending NCGA Amateur Match Play champion and the 2016 NCGA Player of the Year, Ban posted four birdies and an eagle (par-5 15th) to go against three bogeys.
Finishing alone in second place at mini-tour pro Donnie Baucom. Baucom, who hails from Sacramento, shot a 69 featuring three birdies and a bogey.
The other three players advancing to Sectional qualifying were amateurs Tyler Ward and Josh Sedeno (70) and fellow amateur Matthew Sterling (71). Sedeno was runner-up to Ban’s brother, Shotaro, at the 2015 California Amateur Championship.
The first alternate is pro Dakota Robinson. The second alternate is amateur Daulet Tuleubayev. Both shot 72.
Ten U.S. Open Sectional qualifiers will take place across the U.S. on June 5.