June 4, 2012
Sectional Qualifying Results
Lake Merced Country Club/TPC Harding Park - Daly City, Calif. (Hahn, Homa, Jensen)
Canoe Brooke Country Club (Murphy)
Scioto Country Club/OSU Scarlett Course - Columbus, Ohio (Wi)
COLUMBUS, Ohio./DALY CITY, Calif. - Former Cal golfers Charlie Wi and James Hahn earned spots in the 2012 U.S. Open field on Monday by winning sectional qualifying events in Columbus and Daly City, respectively. The 2012 U.S. Open will take place June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Wi shot a nine-under par 36-hole total of 132 to win by three strokes, shooting a six-under par 65 on his first 18 holes at the OSU Scarlett Course before coming back with a three-under par 70 at the Scioto Country Club. Wi has finished second five 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. Hahn's performance completed an amazing two days on opposite sides of the country. After winning his first event on the Nationwide Tour on Sunday at The Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C., Hahn flew back to the Bay Area for a 7:00 a.m. PT tee time at Lake Merced Contry 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 in 2000-01.
Three other affiliates of the Cal men's golf program participated in 2012 U.S. Open sectional qualifying Monday but did not qualify.
Current Cal golfer Max Homa former Golden Bear Michael Jensen joined Hahn among 129 competitors playing for seven U.S. Open spots at the Lake Merced Golf Club/TPC Harding Park site, while John Murphy was among 73 players vying for four U.S. Open entries at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J.
Homa had a solid day with a three-under par 36-hole total of 139 but missed a qualifying spot by three strokes and tied for 16th overall. He had a two-under par 70 at Lake Merced in his first round and a one-under 71 at Harding Park over his second 18 holes. Homa was a junior on the Cal team that reached the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship that concluded Sunday. Homa tied for ninth as Cal's top golfer in the stroke play portion of the event and won one of the two matches he played during subsequent match play. His tie for ninth was the second-best finish ever by a Cal golfer at the NCAA Championship as was the team's tie for third. Homa led Cal with a 71.2 stroke average in 2011-12 and was 6-3 in the match play, sharing team MVP honors along with Brandon Hagy and Michael Kim. All three members of the trio were also second-team All-Pac-12 and Division I PING All-West Region honorees.
Jensen was another stroke behind Homa with a two-under par 142, shooting an even-par 72 at Harding Park in his first 18 holes before a two-under par 70 at Lake Merced in his second 18. Jensen, who played in the Gateway Tour's Arizona Series earlier this season, was a member of the Cal men's golf team from 2004-09, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors on two occasions in 2004-05 and 2006-07. He tied for seventh at the 2005 Pac-10 Championship.
Murphy tied for 34th with a five-over par 36-hole total of 147. He had a one-under par 69 over his second 18 holes at the Canoe Brook Country Club's South Course but it wasn't nearly enough to make up for a six-over par 78 on the North Course to start his day. Murphy played at Cal from 2008-11 after coming to Berkeley as a transfer following two seasons at Old Dominion. Murphy was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 choice as a junior in 2008-09 and posted an impressive fifth-place showing at the 2009 Pac-10 Championship.
Sectional qualifying is the final stage before U.S. Open hopefuls get to the championship itself. The USGA offered 13 sectional sites - 11 in the U.S. that took place Monday and two overseas in Japan and England that had previously taken place. Nearly 1,000 golfers competed Monday at one of the 11 U.S. sites for the approximately 75 remaining available spots in the U.S. Open.