Open road begins

Golf: Six move on to sectional qualifying for prestigious championship.

May 18, 2010|By Charles Rich

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — In less than five weeks, a champion will be crowned at the 110th installment of the United States Open Championship in Pebble Beach.

More than 80 golfers, including 10 local athletes, took their initial step at trying to head north for the prestigious event by traveling to Glendale’s Oakmont Country Club on Monday for an 18-hole local qualifying round.

With a light drizzle falling throughout most of the round, the event had some dramatic moments that included a one-hole playoff featuring six contestants battling for five qualifying spots.


Andrew Putnam finished first and a group consisting of David Berganio, Adam Frey, Tim Hogarth, Alex Kim and Philip Chian all parred in the playoff hole to finish tied for second with 72s and move on to the sectional qualifying.

The top six qualifiers and two alternates move on to sectionals, which will be held June 7 at various sites. The championship will take place June 17-20 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Putnam, who will be a senior at Pepperdine University in the fall, shot a two-under-par 69 to take first. The University Place, Wash. resident said he felt comfortable from the start.

“The course was playing good and it was a good day for me,” Putnam said. “I’m from Washington and the weather [Monday] was a lot like up there.

“I hit the ball well. I made a couple of five-foot shots, and now I just want to go with my plan [to the sectionals].”

Berganio, Frey, Hogarth, Kim and Chian all parred the playoff hole on 18, while Joseph Benedetti bogeyed. Benedetti and Brett Foulds will be the alternates. Foulds shot a 73 for ninth.

Among the area residents to compete in the event were Brett Kanda of La Crescenta, Justin Yu of Montrose, Marco Fortades, Tae Sik Kang, Soohwan Kim and Mike Wachtler of Glendale, Keith Kinsel and Scott Lorenz of La Cañada Flintridge and Burbank’s John Ziegler and Jonathan Goglia.

Kinsel, an eight-time club champion at Oakmont, was even through nine holes before he encountered some trouble. He double-bogeyed the 10th hole and bogeyed the 17th to finish in a five-way tie for 13th at 75.

“I just struggled on the back nine,” Kinsel said. “The double-bogey hurt.

“It was a great experience and the event got a lot of local support.”

Lorenz carded a 74 to finish tied for 11th, Goglia had a 76 to tie for 18th and Soohwan Kim finished with a 77 to tie for 20th. Kanda had a 79 to finish tied for 36th, Ziegler had an 80 to tie for 45th, Kang and Wachtler notched 81s to tie for 53rd, Yu had an 82 to tie for 60th and Fortades finished with an 83 to tie for 66th.

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