Getting a chance to play in this year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. That’ll be the goal for everyone, including a number of players with NCGA connections, at a 36-hole qualifier to be held Monday in Southern California. It’s the only Sectional qualifier to be held in the Golden State.
Stanford sophomore and Junior Tour of Northern California alum Maverick McNealy won the Haskins Award, given to college golf’s best player. McNealy had a brilliant stretch in May, and led the nation in scoring with a 68.70 stroke average. He’s the second straight Cardinal to earn the award, following Patrick Rodgers.
SMU junior and Junior Tour of Northern California alum Bryson DeChambeau won the NCAA Championship Individual title Monday at The Concession GC in Florida. DeChambeau is the first SMU individual to win a national title. In 2011, he was the JTNC Player of the Year.
Fresh off of celebrating a national title, Stanford’s Lauren Kim got more good news. The 2012 NCGA Junior Championship winner received an exemption into July’s LPGA Marathon Classic.
The Stanford Women’s golf team won its first national title on Wednesday, defeating Baylor, 3-2, in a thriller that went to extra holes. Junior Mariah Stackhouse came from three down in the crucial last match, and won with a par on the 19th hole to give the Cardinal the victory.
After nearly 20 years, Stevinson Ranch Golf Course will close on July 18, 2015. The closure reflects a number of current realities in the golf market as well as the severity of California’s extended drought.
A new, wider 17th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links is slated to be unveiled on July 24. During the 2010 U.S. Open Championship, the 17th green gave players fits. In the final round, only seven of 83 players found the green.
This year’s U.S. Senior Open will mark the first USGA championship at Del Paso CC since the 1982 U.S. Women’s Open. It’s possible that the new Del Paso CC, which was re-designed by Kyle Phillips, could again become a regular stop on the USGA calendar. The new course is long, but can also play from a number of different lengths, adding to strategy.
A day after signing for a 71, Stanford sophomore Viraat Badhwar checked his scorecard online and found that he’d made a mistake. Instead of a bogey 4, he actually had a triple-bogey 6 on a par-3 hole. In an honorable move, Badhwar alerted officials about the error.
Former Junior Tour of Northern California member Hannah O’Sullivan, who became the youngest winner on the Symetra Tour this season, is in the field. So too are Lucy Li and Kathleen Scavo, who will be playing together. Both Li and Scavo played in last year’s U.S. Women’s Open.