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TPC Valencia holds U.S. Amateur qualifier

Posted: July 29, 2013 10:40 p.m.
Updated: July 29, 2013 10:40 p.m.

For the second time this year, a Santa Clarita Valley golf course hosted a qualifying event for a prominent tournament.

In June, it was Valencia Country Club that hosted a U.S. Open Local Qualifier.

On Monday, TPC Valencia took the spotlight as it hosted a 36-hole Sectional Qualifying event for the U.S. Amateur Championship.

Several local golfers participated, but none were among those that made it into the U.S. Amateur, which is scheduled for Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Monday’s event featured a field of 80 golfers, with the top three finishers at the end of two rounds qualifying for the prestigious tournament.

TPC Valencia’s was one of four U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifiers being held on Monday around Southern California.

Qualifying events are being held throughout the nation for the USGA event, which had 311 total golfers playing last year.

Hart graduate Johnny MacArthur and West Ranch graduate Joey Downey came the closest of all the locals on Monday. They both finished at 2-over and tied for seventh place.

The three qualifiers were Matt Williams (2-under), Blake Meek (2-under) and Aaron Wise (1-under).

MacArthur shot rounds of 74 and 72 on the par-72 course. In his second round, he made up for a poor front nine by shooting a 31 on a back nine that included three birdies and an eagle.

Also playing Monday was West Ranch graduate J.J. Holen. He came in at 5-over and tied for 15th with rounds of 75, 74.

“Going into the day I was confident,” said Holen, now a player at Long Beach State. “I’ve been struggling a little bit with my driver the past couple weeks, so I was a little bit, not nervous, but anxious to see how that was going to go.”

Following Holen was Hart graduate and College of the Canyons sophomore Travis Bregman at 6-over and his COC teammate Luke Kristo at 8-over.

Former Valencia High golfer Jonathan Chang also played in the event and finished at 12-over.

Another recent West Ranch graduate, Casey May, had a total score of 25-over.

“It almost felt like a high school match again,” Holen said. “Just because we’re at TPC and I see a bunch of guys I used to play with.”

Overall, the field was made up of a mixture of high school, college and amateur golfers from around Southern California.

Valencia graduate Max Homa qualified for the U.S. Amateur automatically due to his No. 10 World Amateur Golf Ranking. The top 50 in the world qualify.


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