Archive: June, 2012
Casey Martin was a picture of courage at the 1998 U.S. Open where he played all four rounds out of a cart, a controversial move that was decided by the courts, because a circulatory disorder in his lower right leg made it impossible for him to walk 18 holes.
Now thanks to a superb qualifying performance in cool and rainy conditions in Creswell, Ore., the 40-year-old Martin returns to the U.S. Open at the very same venue – the Olympic Club in San Francisco – as where the 1998 championship was conducted.
Martin, the head golf coach at Oregon, fired two rounds of 69 Monday at Emerald Valley Golf Resort to finish as medalist and win one of two available berths in the Open. He finished in almost total darkness by sinking a 5-foot par putt on his last hole.
Dave Quinn is a veteran of the U.S. Open qualifying process, and hopes to use that experience to finally break through and earn a spot in his very first national championship.
Quinn, 45, head pro at the Links in Marlton, is one of nearly 1,000 players seeking the final 76 available berths in the U.S. Open. The sectional, or final, qualifier will be held Monday with 11 sites hosting the 36-hole test.
The qualifiers will find themselves in San Francisco next week, preparing for the June 14 start of the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club.
Video: After day one of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, Stacy Lewis and Mika Miyazato tie for first, while Paula Creamer and Mariajo Uribe stay tied at third. The Inquirer's Joe Juliano reports.