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On the Beat Golf: One road to Pinehurst

Posted: April 24, 2014 10:58 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2014 10:58 p.m.

One road to the U.S. Open, which last year was won by Justin Rose, is through Valencia.

Thus far, a familiar batch of hopefuls are signed up to compete on May 5 at TPC Valencia in a local qualifier for the U.S. Open.

Beyond the Santa Clarita people, which there are eight of, one unique hopeful competing at TPC Valencia is pro tennis player Mardy Fish.

Fish was the No. 7 ranked tennis player in the world in 2011, a six-time winner on the ATP Tour and an Olympic silver medalist.

According to our good friend David Shefter, a former Signal sports editor and currently a senior writer/content manager for the United Golf Association, Ellsworth Vines and Frank Conner are the only known tennis stars who have played in a U.S. Open for golf and tennis.

Fish is aiming to become No. 3.

We already reported that Hart High graduate and former NFL quarterback Kyle Boller will be trying to qualify in La Quinta.

As far as the guys who are golfers first, Valencia graduate and rising golf star Max Homa, West Ranch graduate and Long Beach State golfer J.J. Holen and West Ranch graduate and The Master’s College’s Joey Downey will also look to advance from TPC Valencia.

Saugus High graduate and former Cal State Northridge star Nick Delio is qualifying in Las Vegas.

The Master’s College head golf coach and Hart grad Jason Semelsberger will compete in Newport Beach.

Jason Gore is exempt from local qualifying because he finished within the top 500 of the Official World Golf Ranking at the close of entries.

He will be at the sectional qualifier at Daly City in Northern California on June 2.

Each local qualifier will be played over 18 holes and the number of golfers who advance to the sectional qualifier will be determined by the size of the field.

The sectional qualifier will be played over 36 holes and those who advance to the June U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C. will be determined by the quality and quantity of the field at each of 12 locations.

In the high schools: We have plenty of golf to go before the Foothill League is decided, but if anything is to be read into Wednesday’s second league match, it’s that Hart is clearly a threat to West Ranch.

The Wildcats have won six straight league titles, but the Indians won the second league match and are only seven strokes behind after two matches.

As far as individuals, there is no clear Most Valuable Player favorite.

The prize goes to the golfer with the lowest amount of total strokes in league minus their worst score.

Saugus’ Braden Lewis, West Ranch’s Danny DiMaria, Valencia’s Ronnie Bedrosian, Hart’s Cory David and Golden Valley’s Jonathan Kang are all within five strokes of each other.

Our rankings: Despite taking second place, West Ranch is our choice for the top spot this week.

1. West Ranch

2. Hart

3. Valencia

4. Golden Valley

5. Saugus

6. Canyon


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