Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Suisun golfer ties for fourth at qualifier

Suisun's Jeff Wilson took a big step toward his fifth U.S. Open Championship appearance on Monday, tying for fourth place during local qualifying at El Macero Country Club in Davis.

Wilson, who plays out of Green Valley Country Club, fired a 1-under-par round of 71 and won a playoff. He was one of five players from El Macero to move on to Sectional qualifying June 6 at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana.

"I played good enough, how about that?" Wilson said with a chuckle. "It shouldn't have been as hard as it was, but I didn't cash in on the opportunities that I had. I'll go to work the next couple of weeks and try to eliminate some of those mistakes."

Vacaville High School graduate Alex Hall tied for 24th in the event with a 3-over 75.

Wilson, who was the low amateur in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, finished in a five-way tie for fifth on Monday. He birdied the third playoff hole and advanced along with Kris Moe of Glen Ellen, who parred the hole.

Scott Gordon of Sacramento, Steven Strong of Santa Rosa and Craig Howard of Redding were alternates, in that order.

Tom Johnson of San Francisco won the event with a 4-under 68. Anthony Battaglia of Davis and James Kurelik tied for second at 70.

Other Northern California Golf Association qualifiers were held Monday at Del Rio Country Club in Modesto, Brookside Country Club in Stockton and Corde Valle in San Martin.

The NCGA sites were four of 107 local qualifying sites across the country as more than 9,000 golfers tried to reach the 2005 U.S. Open, June 16-19 at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina.

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