May 5, 2021
Former NCGA Player of the Year Nick Moore, Weston Payne and Chris Marin all moved closer to competing in this year’s U.S. Open after advancing thru an 18-hole local qualifier held Wednesday at The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel Valley.
Moore, who has the third-most NCGA victories all-time behind only NorCal amateur legends Casey Boyns and Randy Haag, was a co-medalist with Payne and Marin after the three came in with matching scores of 3-under 69. Moore, who hails from nearby Monterey, was steady carding four birdies and just one bogey.
Payne, the runner-up at last year’s NCGA Amateur Championship, had a wild day, posting an eagle and four birdies to go against three bogeys. Marin, also of Monterey and a forrmer standout at CSU Monterey Bay, had six birdies and three bogeys.
Also advancing were Erick Justesen and Drake Mendenhall, who both shot 70.
Justesen, also a former standout at CSUMB who played in the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links, came in T-4 at 70. He’d post four birdies and a double-bogey. Mendenhall, a former Junior Tour of Northern California member who’s now a senior at the University of Arizona, also had four birdies and a double-bogey.
This year’s U.S. Open will tee off June 17-20 at Torrey Pines GC.