June 4, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. -- -
Stanford sophomore Cameron Wilson earned a spot in the field for next week's U.S. Open at the Olympic Club by winning the sectional qualifier held today at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, New Jersey.
Wilson, a native of Rowayton, Conn., carded rounds of 71 and 65 to top the field which was trying to secure one of the four spots available from this qualifier.
Wilson shot a one over-par 71 on Canoe Brook Country Club's South Course but closed with a blistering 65 on the North Course in the afternoon.
"I'm so pumped right now," said Wilson. "My morning round was pretty mediocre. I made a bunch of birdies but I seemed to give one away after each one," Wilson said. "And I had four or five vicious lip-outs. When they started to fall early on in the second round, it just got the ball rolling.
"I just stayed in a good mindset the whole time. I didn't get too excited or caught up in how I was playing, I just kept telling myself `you gotta make more birdies, you gotta make more birdies.'"
Wilson recorded a total of 13 birdies on the day, including nine on his second round.
Patrick Rodgers and David Chung, both playing in the Daly City sectional at TPC Harding Park and Lake Merced Country club, fell short in their attempts to land a spot in the U.S. Open field. Rodgers finished 16th after rounds of 71 and 70 while Chung tied for 74th after carding rounds of 74 and 73.
Dodge Kemmer '09 finished 34th at 143 after rounds of 73 and 70.
Joel Kribel '99 had a share of the first round lead at the Daly City sectional after shooting a 66 in his morning round at TPC Harding Park but turned in a 79 at Lake Merced in the afternoon and finished 52nd.
Casey Martin '95, a member of Stanford's 1994 NCAA championship team who now serves as the men's golf coach at the University of Oregon, earned a return visit to Olympic by winning the sectional qualifier at the Emerald Valley Country Club in Creswell, Ore.
Martin, 40, holed a five-foot par putt in the dark to claim medalist honors in the Creswell qualifier, nipping Oregon golfer Daniel Miernicki by one stroke.
Martin has not played the U.S. Open since 1998, when he tied for 23rd at The Olympic Club.
Zach Miller '07 will have to wait until tomorrow to try to secure a spot in the U.S. Open field as the sectional qualifier at the Germantown Country Club in Memphis, Tenn. was postponed due to inclement weather.
The Metropolitan Golf Association contributed to this report