By Jeff Faraudo
Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at 10:04 pm in Golf.
Cal will have three players in the June 13-16 U.S. Open at Ardmore, Pa., after Max Homa and Michael Kim earned spots in Monday qualifying. They will join Michael Weaver, who received an exemption for entry into the field following his runnerup finish in the 2012 U.S. Amateur.
“This is a great day for Cal golf,” coach Steve Desimone said. “I don’t know if any school has ever had three players from the same team in the U.S. Open. What a statement. This is such a spectacular achievement.
“It’s a continuation of this great season. I couldn’t be happier for these guys. They’ve worked so hard and earned every bit of this. All I know is we’re going to have another Cal reunion next week at Merion.”
Cal won 11 of 13 tournaments this season to enter last week’s NCAA Championships as the No. 1 seed, then bowed out in the semifinals.
“If we needed something to salve the wounds [from losing in the NCAA semifinals] this does it,” Desimone added.
Kim was the co-medalist at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga., earning one of three U.S. Open spots in a field of 51.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to qualify for the U.S. Open,” Kim said. “To be playing in the same tournament with players like Tiger (Woods) and Phil (Mickleson) is just awesome,” Kim said. “I can’t wait to get to the tournament. This is a dream come true.”
Homa prevailed in a three-way playoff for the final two spots and ended in a tie for fourth from a field of 102 playing at Big Canyon Country Club & Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach.