Hahn, Kim and Mina Just Miss Qualifying for U.S. Open
Former Cal golfers James Hahn, Michael Kim and Eric Mina each narrowly missed qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Open during sectional qualifying on Monday. The trio was among 10 current, former and future Cal men’s golfers attempting to qualify on Monday
Hahn (72-69 – 141, -1) and Kim (71-70 – 141, -1) tied for 19th and missed a playoff for a final U.S. Open spot by a single shot at Brookside Golf & Country Club and Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. Kim was briefly tied for the lead after three birdies in his first seven holes of the second round at Scioto. Peter Tomasulo (74-72 – 146, +4) and Michael Weaver (78-74 – 152, +10) both also played in Columbus, taking on taking on Scioto and then Brookside, and finishing tied for 56th and tied for 86th, respectively.
Mina (71-68 – 139, -4) finished 36 holes in Daly City at Lake Merced Golf Club and The Olympic Club two shots out of a top five qualifying spot. Mina played his final 24 holes in six-under par without a bogey but was unable to completely recover from a two-over start on his first 12 holes. Ben Doyle (73-69 – 142, -1) and Joël Stalter tied for 24th (70-72 – 142, -1) with both starting at Olympic and finishing at Lake Merced. Brandon Hagy (75-70 – 145, +2) and Andrew Morgan (73-78 – 151, +8) tied for 46th and 85th, respectively. Hagy started on Lake Merced, while Morgan began at Olympic.
Charlie Wi (73-70 – 143, E) missed qualifying at Colonial Country Club in Memphis, playing the South and North Courses.Sectional qualifying is a 36-hole event that is the final stage before U.S. Open hopefuls get to the championship itself. This year there were 12 sectional sites – 10 in the U.S. that took place Monday, as well as one in England and one in Japan that took place on May 26. An additional 56 players qualified Monday.