Tuesday, June 9

U.S. Open Qualifier: A Huskies Sweep in Cle Elum

WITH U.S. OPEN QUALIFIERS being staged across the country, Monday was a huge day (aka golf's longest day) for all with hopes of playing in our national open next week at Chambers Bay near Tacoma, Washington. 

I happen to be in Seattle this week, and as the spouse of a University of Washington (UW) alum, the following qualifying story by Beau Eastes caught my eye.
Exactly a week after taking second in the individual competition of the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships in Bradenton, Fla., [Cheng-Tsung] Pan earned medalist honors in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Tumble Creek Club, posting a 36-hole total of 2-under 138. 
Pan led a Husky sweep Monday as Richard Lee and Troy Kelly, both UW alums, tied for second with matching 1-under 139s. All three golfers will likely be greeted warmly by spectators at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., which lies just 45 miles southwest of UW's Seattle campus. 
"There's a lot of good mojo right now," said Pan, who was aided by a hole-in-one on Tumble Creek's 227-yard, par-3 seventh hole during the first round.
As always, there were other good qualifying stories. A small sampling ...

A 15-year-old will tee it up at Chambers Bay. So will 50-year-old and two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen. And Sam Saunders used his caddie's irons to qualify after rounds of 76 and 80 at the Memorial Tournament with his own blades.

The different sticks must have helped. Saunders fired 66-66 to tie for first place in the Columbus qualifier. Don't you love this game?

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