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Utahns Fail to Qualify in U.S. Open Sectionals
Daniel Summerhays and Zac Blair, Utah’s two best chances to qualify for the U.S. Open failed to advance through sectional qualifying rounds Monday. Summerhays, who finished fourth in the PGA Tour Memorial Tournament this past weekend, shot a first round 76 in the sectional qualifying at Columbus, Ohio and then withdrew. Zac Blair shot 72-70-142 at the US Open Sectional Qualifying at Harding Park in San Francisco. It was not good enough to advance. He finished in 24th place which was four shots out of a qualifying berth and three shots away from a playoff for the final berth.
Others from Utah in the Harding Park qualifying were Jacob Holt of Tooele who shot 72-74-146, and Zach Johnson, Davis Park Golf Course, who shot 76-72-148. The medalist was James Hahn of San Bruno, California. He shot eight under par 66-70-136. There were four players at 137.
Complete results of all the qualifyings can be found at http://www.usopen.com/en_US/news/qualifying/sectional.html and in the attachment.
Overnight rain continued into the day at Germantown Country Club in Memphis, Tenn., where play was suspended at 9:19 a.m. Eighty-four players were competing for nine spots. Play is expected to resume Tuesday at 6:45 a.m. CDT. The second round is set to start at 11:45 a.m. local time.
Lightning forced a one-hour and 50-minute delay at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J., where 74 players competed for four spots.
Similar conditions at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore., stopped play there for two hours from 3-5 p.m. PDT. Two spots were available at Emerald Valley Golf Club – one was earned by University of Oregon coach Casey Martin, who last played in the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in 1998 and the other will be determined Tuesday in a playoff at 8 a.m. PDT.
Rainy conditions caused a 32-minute delay at The River Club in Suwanee, Ga., where 51 players vied for three places.
The first sectional qualifier for the 2012 U.S. Open was held May 21 in Japan, where six spots were determined. An additional 11 players earned places in the field at another international qualifier in Surrey, England, on May 28.