The Preserve GC
May 16, 2017
Former UC Davis standout Luke Vivolo came up big again.
Now a professional, Vivolo earned his ticket to U.S Open Sectional qualifying after earning medalist honors with a 4-under 68 in a local qualifier held Tuesday at The Preserve GC in Carmel Valley. A former prep star at Carmel High and the son of Monterey Peninsula Country Club head pro David Vivolo, he’d card a 32 on the front-nine with three birdies, an eagle (par-5 8th) and a bogey.
Vivolo also advanced to Sectional qualifying in 2014 with a third place finish at a local qualifier.
Four other players also advanced to Sectional qualifying including professional John Crater, who shot a 71. Crater works at nearby Corral de Tierra GC.
The final three automatic advancing spots came down to a seven-man playoff for three spots of players who finished at 72. The three advancing were amateur J.R. Warthen and pros Mac McClung and Christopher Marin.
Ten U.S. Open Sectional qualifiers will take place around the U.S. on June 5.