US Open: Lake Merced Sectional Qualifying Preview

DALY CITY, CALIFORNIA (June 2, 2006) -- Two former USGA champions and three former California Amateur champions are among 66 golfers who will tee it up June 5 in a 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifying event at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, just outside San Francisco. Four golfers will move on to the U.S. Open June 15-18 at Winged Foot GC in Marmaroneck, NY.

The Daly City field includes:

  • Mitch Voges of Simi Valley, the 1991 U.S. Amateur champion.
  • Sihwan Kim of Buena Park, winner of the 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • Spencer Levin of Elk Grove, the 1994 California Amateur champion who tied for 13th that year in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. Levin shot 64 in this year's Open local qualifying round.
  • Patrick Nagle of Pacifica, who defeated Levin to win the 2003 California Amateur title.
  • Steve Woods of Cupertino, who won the 1994 California Amateur Championship by defeating Ed Cuff in the final match at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

    For a complete field, click here.

    Reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur and 1996 SCGA Amateur champion Kevin Marsh will attempt to qualify at Columbus, Ohio. His site is one of two heavily populated by PGA Tour players; 21 qualifiers will come from the field of 144 players. Also in the Columbus field is Jordan Cox of Redwood City, runner-up in the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur and medalist in last year's California Amateur, and recently graduated University of Colorado star Ed McGlasson IV of Orange.

    Much of the nation's attention will be focused on Canoe Brook GC in Summit, NJ, where Michelle Wie will attempt to become the first woman to qualify for the Open. The field of 153 golfers (playing two courses) will produce 18 qualifiers.

    The most hotly contested site may well be Waverly GC in Creswell, Oregon, where just one qualifier will emerge from a field of 25 that includes at least four outstanding amateur golfers: U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Clay Ogden; the player he beat, Martin Urete; former NCAA champion, Alejandro Canizares; and reigning Pacific Coast Amateur champion Alex Prugh.
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