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Knapp posts 61 in U.S. Open "Local" at Newport Beach CC

Southern California Golf Association    view all articles from this source
published 21 May 2012

see also: U.S. Open Local Qualifying


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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Jake Knapp, a high school senior from Costa Mesa, Calif., shot a 10-under par 61 in his U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Newport Beach CC on May 16, posting the best score at any 2012 U.S. Open qualifier across the country. He bested all other players by six strokes or more to earn medalist honors and advance to Sectional Qualifying June 4.

"I struck the ball great and hit all 18 greens. Just played really well," he said after his round. "I qualified [for sectionals] last year, but this time I feel more ready as long as I stay in control."

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Knapp carded eight birdies and one eagle, while commiting no bogeys, in his impressive round. He also received an invitation to play in the Pacific Coast Amateur shortly after entering the clubhouse. Knapp missed the course record, held by Champions Tour players Nick Price (2011) and Tom Purtzer (2004), by one stroke. Price and Purtzer won the Toshiba Classic those years on the course.

The Estancia High School senior, who will be headed to UCLA to join Patrick Cantlay and the Bruins this fall, shot a six-under par 66 earlier this week to earn medalist honors at the CIF-SS Southern Individual Regional at Skylinks GC. He will advance to the CIF Individual finals, set to be held May 21 at Victoria CC in Riverside. This summer, Knapp will also play in two SCGA events, as he was recently granted an exemption into the SCGA Amateur at Big Canyon in July. He also qualified for the California Amateur a couple weeks ago.

17-year-old SCGA member Beau Hossler also advanced through local qualifying, shooting a 69 at Oakmont CC, the same place where a year ago the rising star made it through Sectional qualifying and advanced to the 2011 U.S. Open. Also making it through the qualifying at Oakmont was 2007 California Amateur Champion Josh Anderson.



U.S. Open Local Qualifying: Top Finishers

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amateurgolf.com Player Rankings points events
Place    Player
Medalist USA Jake Knapp, Costa Mesa, CA
Medalist USA P.J. Thomas, Riverton, WY
Medalist USA Jim Mee, Libby, MT
Medalist USA Alex Ellis, Austin, TX
Medalist USA Russell Boring, Westlake Village, CA
Medalist USA Ji Soo Park, Clifton, VA
Medalist USA Cameron Harrell, Colorado Springs, CO
Qualifier USA Rigel Fernandes, Branenton, FL
Qualifier USA Easton Renwick, Punxsutawnet, PA
Qualifier Philippines Raymond Gonzales, Philippines
Qualifier USA Nate Wilson, Sheridan, WY
Qualifier USA Paul Blanche, Anchorage, AL
Qualifier USA Brian Whitman, Bloomfield, NJ
Qualifier USA Brandon Park, Weston, FL
Qualifier USA John Yu, Fresh Meadows, FL
Qualifier USA David Nuhn, Moscow, ID
Qualifier USA Stratton Nolen, Austin, TX
Qualifier USA Andrew Rice, Baltimore, MD
Qualifier USA Sean Bosdosh, Clarksburg, MD
Qualifier USA Maclain Huge, Lovettsville, VA
Qualifier USA Nick Austin, Midlothian, VA
Qualifier USA Mario Clemens, Beverly Hills, CA
Qualifier USA Benjamin Lein, Diamond Bar, CA
Qualifier USA Jefferson Kao, Walnut, CA
Qualifier USA Kristian Caparros, Miami Lakes, FL
Qualifier USA Ki Taek Lee, Los Angeles, CA
Qualifier USA Tom Moore, Huntington Beach, CA
Qualifier USA Hank McCusker, Mendocino, CA
Qualifier USA Jeff Wilson, Fairfield, CA
Qualifier USA Jeffrey Fortson, Palm Desert, CA
Qualifier USA Jacob Burger, Orangeburg, SC
Qualifier USA Daniel Mobley, Waynesboro, GA
Qualifier USA Ty Dunlap, Westlake, TX
Qualifier USA Draegen Majors, Bixby, OK
Qualifier USA Chris Burger, Cinncinnati, OH
Qualifier USA Joe Kastelic, Newton, OH
Qualifier USA Bill Williamson, Cincinnati, OH
Qualifier USA Sam Ryder, Longwood, FL
Qualifier USA Nathan Clark, Mason, MI
Qualifier USA Spencer Slade, Saline, MI
Qualifier Australia James Marchesani, Australia
Qualifier USA Drew Page, Waynesville, NC
Qualifier USA Chris Baloga, Baltimore, MD
Qualifier USA Derek Fribbs, Castle Rock, CO
Qualifier USA Danny Hahn, Denver, CO
Qualifier USA David Oraee, Greeley, CO
Qualifier USA Jordan Spieth, Dallas, TX
Qualifier USA Nick Sherwood, Albany, OR

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