U.S. Open Local Qualifying — Half Moon Bay GC
Half Moon Bay GC
May 8, 2013
HALF MOON BAY – One-under par 71 looked like it was going to be the low score Wednesday at Half Moon Bay GL as six different players came in with that number over a two-hour period, with nobody bettering it. But in the final group of the day Joshua Granger, an amateur from Monrovia, posted a two-under par 70 to top all other competitors and earn medalist honors.
With his two-under par 70, which included four birdies, an eagle and four bogeys, Granger avoided a unique situation where six players were tied for second place with six spots to be decided upon—four qualifying spots and two alternate spots. The six players who had to square off against one another in a sudden-death playoff included Andrew Parr, Randy Haag, Tim Bogue, Jay Myers, Cory McElyea and Dodge Kemmer.
Kemmer, a professional from Wichita, Kan., was the first to make a move in the playoff, but it wasn’t a positive one as he bogeyed slotting him as second alternate. Parr, Haag, Myers and McElyea on the second hole sewed up the four remaining spots when Bogue, a professional from Windsor bogeyed to take first alternate.
Parr is a professional from San Francisco and got to one-under 71 thanks to two birdies and an eagle to go along with three bogeys. Haag, a fellow San Francisco resident and NCGA amateur legend, had three birdies, an eagle and four bogeys for his 71. Myers, a recently turned professional from Saratoga, who happened to earn medalist honors at the 2012 NCGA Amateur Match Play, had a volatile round of four birdies, an eagle, three bogeys and a double bogey. McElyea, an amateur from Santa Cruz, had six birdies to go along with five bogeys to finish at one-under par.
U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in California will take place June 3 at Big Canyon CC in Newport Beach.