June 13, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Former Cal golfers Charlie Wi and James Hahn begin play Thursday at the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. The 72-hole event that is one of professional golf's four major championships will run through Sunday, June 17.
Wi starts from the first tee at 1:07 p.m. PT in a threesome that also includes Nicolas Colsaerts and Simon Dyson. Hahn starts from the ninth tee at 2:31 p.m. along with Darron Stiles and Roberto Castro.
Both players earned their spot in the 156-player field by winning sectional qualifying events on June 4.
Wi shot a nine-under par 36-hole total of 132 to win his sectional qualifier by three strokes in Columbus, Ohio, carding a six-under par 65 on his first 18 holes at the OSU Scarlett Course before coming back with a three-under par 67 at the Scioto Country Club. Wi has finished second times on the PGA Tour, most recently at the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February. He was a first-team All-American in 1994-95 and the 1995 Pac-10 individual champion while at Cal.
Hahn fired an eight-under par score of 136 over his 36 holes to win by one stroke over four others in Daly City, Calif. Hahn's performance completed an amazing two days on opposite sides of the country (read about Hahn - San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area News Group, USGA.org). After winning his first event on the Nationwide Tour at The Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C., Hahn flew back to the Bay Area for a 7 a.m. PT tee time the following day at Lake Merced Country Club and promptly fired a six-under par round of 66. He followed that with a solid two-under par round of 70 at TPC Harding Park. Hahn played at Cal from 1999-2001.