Wednesday, May 25, 2011

US Open Local Qualifying and Gateway Tour results

US Open Qualifying:

Dodge Kemmer '09 and Joseph Bramlett '10 were both successful in the Local Qualifying Stage of the U.S. Open last week and will continue on their quest to join current Men's Team Junior, David Chung, in the field of golf's elite at Congressional Country Club, Maryland, June 26-19, 2011.

Both shot rounds of 73 (+2) to advance in difficult playing conditions. Check the USGA Championship website for Sectional Qualifying results posted on Jun 6th.

Gateway Tour:

Dodge Kemmer continued his good form this year with a T2 finish at the latest Gateway tour event in Arizona. Check here to view the tournament leaderboard. Meanwhile in the Gateway Tour's California Series, Alex Aragon '01 fired a bogey-free round of 5 under par to finish T4 (results here).

Kemmer (pictured) was kind enough to fill us in with the following exclusive update from his recent play and upcoming tournament schedule plans:


1. Made it thru US Open local (+2),
2. t2 at Gateway in Phoenix (-10),
3. next up: Canadian Tour debut (Victoria, BC), US Open sectional

Last week witnessed my final 'gearing up for summer' tournaments; I played the US Open local qualifier last Monday and my final Gateway Tour event of the year Wednesday thru Friday.

In the US Open local qualifier at Half Moon Bay, despite fighting wind, cold, bumpy greens, and having no warm-up, I was able to make some putts and shoot 73 (+2). This placed me in a tie for 2nd, enough to qualify me for another qualifier--the 'sectional' qualifier--which will give me a direct chance to earn a spot in the US Open. That will be help June 6th in Bremerton, WA (an hour from Seattle across Puget Sound), and is 36 holes, 1 day. I don't know how many guys are there or spots are available, as the USGA likes to keep you waiting (I haven't even gotten confirmation I am playing there...).

I then flew to Phoenix to play in Gateway #14 at McCormick Ranch Pine Course. I shot 68-69-69 (-10) and tied for 2nd. I made 19 birdies and 10 bogeys, every single one of which would be considered an 'unforced error' or 'stupid mistake'; those shots and decisions that make you want to pull a Tin Cup and play in with a 7 iron. These included 3-putts (3), deciding to hit to the front edge and proceeding to fly the green, hitting the first driver of the day after you decided to hit 3 iron on that hole, and convincing yourself that the 15 mph wind won't affect this particular shot, among others. However, 19 birdies in 54 holes is something to build on, and more importantly, my putting is back! (except for the 3-putts).

Next, I fly to Seattle, play my first Canadian Tour event at Uplands GC in Victoria, BC June2-5 (, then the sectional qualifier at Gold Mountain in Bremerton, WA June 6.
After that, I will be in Wichita for the Wichita Open Nationwide qualifier on June 13. I will fly in to Wichita a few days early and may fly out of KC after that is over (around the 15th or around the 20th).

Thank you Dodge and best wishes for the rest of the season...


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