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Jeff Wilson Adds Yet Another Feather To His USGA Cap

Fairfield resident Jeff Wilson Adds Yet Another Feather To His USGA Cap

July 14, 2014

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Fairfield resident and Northern California amateur great Jeff Wilson has qualified for so many USGA events that he’s lost count of exactly how many.

It’s over 30, but Wilson now has another deposit for the memory bank.

This past weekend, Wilson wasn’t just one of only two amateurs to make the cut at the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National Golf Club in Oklahoma. He was the low amateur over the first three rounds.

In Sunday’s final round, he’d shoot a 4-over 75 to come in at 10-over, losing low am rights to friend Mike McCoy, who finished at 7-over.

But Wilson wasn’t shedding any tears.

For Wilson, it’s about a lot more than that. It’s simply about the love of the game.

“I love to play golf,” Wilson said. “I’m just happy playing along with these guys. It’s a thrill.”

It was just another chapter in what has been an amazing journey.

Once a pro himself, Wilson gave up chasing the dream in the middle of the 1994 Web.com Tour season to join his family’s auto dealership.

Since then, the now president of Toyota Vallejo, who was reinstated as an amateur in 1997, has been a giant when it comes to USGA events.

Just four years ago, at the age of 47 nonetheless, Wilson was the talk of the 2010 U.S. Amateur when he posted a course record 62 during stroke play qualifying on the 7,420-yard The Home Course in Washington en route to earning medalist honors. It was the second lowest score in the 110-year history of the U.S. Amateur.

Other crowning USGA moments include being the low amateur at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. He’s also been a three-time medalist at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, advancing to the semifinals of each of those championships.

Earning low amateur honors at the U.S. Senior Open? It didn’t happen, but Wilson has yet another feather in his USGA cap.

 

-Jerry Stewart

 

 

 

 

Author: Jerry Stewart

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