On Monday, Beau Hossler will tee off in Sectional Qualifying for the U.S. Open for the second season in a row.
And if the Santa Margarita junior is in the top six after playing 18 holes at Lake Merced Golf Club and TPC Harding Park, he will advance to the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club.
Alex Cejka, who has earned more than $7 million during his PGA career, is in Hossler's sectional.
Hossler made it to Monday's tournament by finishing tied for second in his local qualifier last month at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale after shooting a 3-under 68.
It's no wonder why Hossler chose to go to Oakmont this year. Last June, he finished with a 4-under 138 after 36 holes there to become the youngest player to make it to the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club.
"I feel like I know how to prepare for the courses better, and that I can not stress enough how important it is," Hossler said. "To know what type of shots you have to hit and what is the most important part of your game are very important to shooting a good round."
Hossler is one of three high school players from the county, competing in the Northern California Sectional
Jake Knapp, a senior at Estancia, made it there after earning medalist honors at the Newport Beach Country Club qualifier with a 10-under 61. Raymund Gonzales Jr., who is just finishing up his sophomore season at Mission Viejo, got his tee time after shooting a 2-under 69 at Newport Beach Country Club to finish tied for third in the local qualifier.