Search:

Woodbridge's Chun falls short in U.S. Open qualifier

STAFF WRITER

IRVINE - With one hole to play in Tuesday’s U.S. Open local qualifier at Oak Creek Golf Club, Joseph Chun was 3-under-par and in a perfect position to move on to the next round.

In the end, though, the Woodbridge sophomore lost a two-hole playoff and had to settle for being the first alternate for the June 8 sectional qualifying tournament, which will set the field for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

“It is disappointing because I finished the whole round bad,” Chun said.

He was bogey free until he teed off on the 500-yard, par-5 18th, but he hit his approach into the water, put his fourth shot into a bunker against the back lip and eventually took a triple-bogey 8.

He finished with an even-par 70, putting him in a six-man playoff with four spots in the sectional qualifier on the line. He and Estancia grad and UCLA junior Jake Knapp bogeyed the first playoff hole, the 222-yard, par-3 No. 7, and moved on to the par-4 8th, which Knapp birdied, eliminating Chun.

Satoru Suzuki (Irvine), Luis Carrasco Jr. (Irvine) and Brian Gonzales also posted a 70 and earned a sectional tee time on the first playoff hole. Patrick Stople was the medalist, shooting a 1-under 69.

Contact the writer: ddottore@ocregister.com


See archived 'Sports' stories »
 


Other Varsity coverage:
Inland Empire
Search Players


Football:

Santa Ana 14, Rancho Christian 52 - 01:01 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Calabasas 35, Capistrano Valley 14 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

St. John Bosco 21, Mater Dei 14 - 00:33 2nd QT - Completed

Football:

Edison 44, La Mirada 24 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Burbank 21, Yorba Linda 31 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Soccer:

El Modena 2, Orange Lutheran 2 - 45:00 2nd Half - Completed

Basketball:

Eisenhower 28, Mater Dei 93 - 02:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

Santa Fe 65, Foothill 53 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Valencia/Valencia 35, San Clemente 41 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

El Modena 21, Yorba Linda 28 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed