It was a thrill for me to see two guys I’ve played in several NCGA events over the years , each capture a spot in the 2010 US Open. It seems like yesterday when at age 14 Joseph Bramlett (pictured below) became the youngest qualifier for the US Amateur when he physically could not  reach all the par 4’s in two shots. I was playing in the final round of the 2006 NCGA Stroke play when this yrs medalist Erick Justesen holed a flop shot from way left of the 17th green at Poppy Hills to vault him to a one stroke victory. He was a raw talent then, and an Open participant now. Joe Bramlett (a fellow Olympian) was playing his US Amateur match right in front of mine in the 2007 US Amateur at our home course the Olympic Club. We both had small leads coming down the stretch, and we both ended up losing in the first round. It was a huge disappointment as we would have played each other in the next match ensuring an Olympian would make it to round three of the amateur. I believe Joseph Bramlett will make the cut in the Open and go on to have a very successful professional career. He has all aspects of the game necessary to compete at the highest level and I wish him and Erick all the best next week.

I hope to have an exclusive interview with each of these Nor Cal guys. I have already scheduled interviews with “red-hot” Ricky Barnes and Matt Bettencourt. Who’s gonna win the Open?……don’t rule out Ricky Barnes, he’s on fire and has Open experience under the gun.

This Saturday I’m playing with Gareth Maybin(#122 in the world) from Northern Ireland, and Rhys Davies (#45 world ranked) Rhys Davies is also on fire after back to back 2nd place finishes on the European tour including a -10 62 last Sunday in the Wales Open (his home country). Both these guys are exempt in the US Open and could contend come Sunday. I’ll have photos and video from our Sat round at the site of the 2012 US Ope, Olympic Lake (2pm tee time). I hope  you will enjoy the different style I’ll use in these spontaneous interview situations. I am not a professional interviewer or journalist, but I know a bit about golf and will be asking all these guys some things that should be insightful and out of the ordinary. Stay tuned for interviews, photos and early coverage of this years US Open.

Results courtesy of the website



Published By: Jane Jones
On May 26, 2010 at 11:58 am


Del Paso CC
June 7, 2010


Joseph Bramlett

SACRAMENTO – For U.S. Open Sectional medalist Erick Justesen, the third time is the charm.

After failing to advance from local qualifying the last two years, the 25-year-old Canadian tour member earned a spot in next week’s U.S. Open field at Pebble Beach via stellar rounds of 65-68 for a 9-under-par 133 total. The 2006 NCGA Stroke Play champion had partial Nationwide status in 2009, and his game took its lumps in his first year as a pro. “I learned a lot last year. I practice more now and play in less tournaments. I’ve been playing well but sometimes my driver gets me into trouble and I’m not mature enough to stop using it.”

The 2008 Stanislaus alum is a part-time caddie at Pebble, and realizes the enormity of the accomplishment: “The U.S. Open is my dream; Pebble is just icing on the cake. But I think playing there might give me a sense of security. I’m definitely excited for that.”

The sectional was one of 13 nationally conducted by the USGA. With only 4.5% of the field advancing in Sacramento, competitors faced the stiffest odds of any of the 13 sites (the Columbus, Ohio sectional – well stocked with PGA Tour players – had 120 players competing for 15 spots).

The other qualifiers included amateur Joseph Bramlett, a graduating senior at Stanford who has now fully recovered from a wrist injury that hobbled the 2005 State Amateur finalist (which was contested at Pebble Beach) the past two seasons; Kenny Kim, a professional from Cerritos who is competing on California’s professional mini-tours and amateur Andrew Putnam of University Place, Washington (after a two-hole playoff). John Ellis of San Jose was first alternate while Dillon Dougherty of La Quinta, who had holed a bunker shot for birdie to get into the four-player playoff, ended up as second alternate.

Del Paso CC hosted the 36-hole event, set up at 7,121 yards, par 71, and perhaps experienced its biggest test since unveiling a comprehensive renovation in 2006. “This is the most talent we’ve had here,” said Superintendent Mark McKinney, CGCS. Greens were double cut and rolled, promoting truer and faster conditions, but light rough and even lighter wind fired up low scoring in a hurry.

The opening round witnessed 35 scores at par or better (out of a field of 87). The motto of the day became go low or go home. Joel Kribel’s previous course-record 66 got lowered by a stroke by three players in the opening round alone, and then lowered again to a 7-under 64, fired by Daniel Wax of Pacific Palisades.

Local favorite and former NCGA Player of the Year Spencer Levin, fresh off a red-eye flight after making the cut at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament in Columbus, was unable to generate any momentum after opening with a double bogey, and finished at 140, three shots out of the playoff.

The U.S. Open kicks off with first-round action next Thursday.


Erick Justesen Sacramento, Calif. 65-68–133
Joseph Bramlett (A) Saratoga, Calif. 65-71–136
Kenny (Yun-Gi) Kim Cerritos, Calif. 69-67–136
Andrew Putnam (A) University Place, Wash. 72-65–137
Failed to Qualify
John Ellis San Jose, Calif. 70-67–137 First Alt.
Dillon Dougherty La Quinta, Calif. 72-65–137 Second Alt.
Bhavik Patel (A) Bakersfield, Calif. 69-68–137
Andrew Kramer (A) Chino Hills, Calif. 68-70–138
Daniel Wax Pacific Palisades, Calif. 74-64–138
Jeff Rangel Martinez, Calif. 69-69–138
Michael Walton Indian Wells, Calif. 66-72–138
Paul Imondi Tustin, Calif. 65-73–138
John Young Kim (A) Los Alamitos, Calif. 72-67–139
Kevin Wentworth (A) Arnold, Calif. 69-70–139
Mark Warman San Clemente, Calif. 69-70–139
Nathan Celusta Newbury Park, Calif. 71-68–139
Andy Miller Boston, Mass. 74-66–140
Erik Flores Grass Valley, Calif. 69-71–140
Joshua Warthen Arroyo Grande, Calif. 69-71–140
Michael Weaver (A) Fresno, Calif. 69-71–140
Spencer Levin Roseville, Calif. 70-70–140
Steve Ziegler (A) Broomfield, Colo. 70-70–140
Taylor Wood Irvine, Calif. 71-69–140
Charlie Wi Oxnard, Calif. 69-72–141
Jeff Hart Solana Beach, Calif. 70-71–141
Joel Kribel Phoenix, Ariz. 68-73–141
John Chin (A) Temecula, Calif. 71-70–141
Benjamin Bauch (A) Trabuco Canyon, Calif. 70-72–142
Estanislao Guerrero (A) San Diego, Calif. 71-71–142
Jason Higton (A) Fresno, Calif. 69-73–142
Patrick Cantlay (A) Los Alamitos, Calif. 69-73–142
Sam Smith (A) Turlock, Calif. 67-75–142
Bryan Hogan (A) Bakersfield, Calif. 75-68–143
Chan Kim (A) Gilbert, Ariz. 71-72–143
David Berganio Sylmar, Calif. 75-68–143
Jay Hwang (A) San Diego, Calif. 72-71–143
Jon Peterson (A) Granite Bay, Calif. 71-72–143
Liam Kendregan Mt Vernon, Wash. 73-70–143
Michael Ruiz Las Vegas, Nev. 69-74–143
Nicholas Seymour Santa Ana, Calif. 71-72–143
Taylor Haden (A) Manhattan Beach, Calif. 74-69–143
A J Shiffert Visalia, Calif. 73-71–144
Douglas Diemer San Diego, Calif. 74-70–144
Eric Dugas Waikoloa, Hawaii 74-70–144
Grant Norton (A) Rancho Murieta, Calif. 72-72–144
Ted Oh Torrance, Calif. 74-70–144
Adam Frey Cypress, Calif. 73-72–145
Alex Shi Yup Kim (A) Fullerton, Calif. 72-73–145
Daniel Horning Palm Desert, Calif. 73-72–145
Garrett Sapp Cerritos, Calif. 73-72–145
Jack Hoenes (A) Watsonville, Calif. 77-68–145
Joe Sanders (A) Incline Village, Nev. 71-74–145
Michael Allen Scottsdale, Ariz. 74-71–145
John Kollus (A) San Diego, Calif. 75-71–146
Luke Hickmott Sandhurst 72-74–146
Mark Anguiano (A) Whittier, Calif. 69-77–146
Matt Cohn (A) San Francisco, Calif. 75-71–146
Michael Kim (A) Del Mar, Calif. 72-74–146
Brian Koehler (A) Rancho Cordova, Calif. 76-71–147
Pace Johnson (A) Fresno, Calif. 72-75–147
Aaron Hobbs Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 71-77–148
Chad Morris Long Beach, Calif. 73-75–148
Cory Mehl (A) Seattle, Wash. 75-73–148
Mark Scheibach (A) Bermuda Dunes, Calif. 72-76–148
Dane Petersen (A) El Dorado Hills, Calif. 75-74–149
Isaac Sanchez Folsom, Calif. 75-74–149
Philip Chian (A) Covina, Calif. 75-74–149
Rui Takamatsu Beaumont, Calif. 78-71–149
Brian Campbell (A) Irvine, Calif. 74-76–150
Michael Fan (A) Pearl City, Hawaii 74-76–150
Niall Platt (A) Santa Barbara, Calif. 73-77–150
Royden Heirakuji (A) Makawao, Hawaii 78-72–150
Eric Wohlfield Brighton, Mich. 72-79–151
Stephen Nichols (A) East Lansing, Mich. 72-79–151
Charles Rider (A) Centennial, Colo. 79-73–152
Frank Luchowski Kihei, Hawaii 76-77–153
Mark Mallin (A) Cupertino, Calif. 77-76–153
Roger Pineda Menlo Park, Calif. 75-78–153
Paul Rice (A) Redlands, Calif. 77-77–154
Arnold Yoon (A) Buena Park, Calif. 78-80–158
Jonathan Carlson (A) Kelseyville, Calif. 77-81–158
Mark Mance San Francisco, Calif. 81-78–159
Cory Furgason Grass Valley, Calif. 83-77–160
Bryan Anderson Anchorage, Alaska 80-83–163
Douglas Stacy (A) Kahului, Hawaii 86-83–169
Tim Hogarth (A) Northridge, Calif. 69-WD–WD

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