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Local Golf: Calkins Narrowly Misses Cut at U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier

By The Chronicle

WALLA WALLA — W.F. West alum Brady Calkins narrowly missed the cut at the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Wine Valley Golf Course here on Monday.

Calkins shot a 2-under 70 in each round for a two day total of 140 (-4). Out of 55 players, only three qualified for a spot in the U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 13-16.

“I played pretty well. Short game was good. I didn’t really hit it very good,” Calkins said. “Saved myself with the putter and then the putter let me down.”

Eric Dietrich won the tournament with a two day total of 133 (-11). Matthew Naumec shot a 137 (-7) and Spencer Tibbits, a Vancouver native, also shot a 137 (-7) to claim the other two qualifying spots.

Calkins held a spot in the top three during the second round, but three bogeys on his back nine moved him out of contention.

“Oh sure, yeah. I definitely got excited,” Calkins said of knowing where he was at on the leaderboard. “I don’t think any of the excitement had anything to do with missing the putts but I knew where I was.”

Even though Calkins didn’t qualify for a spot, he did have a highlight, carding an ace on the Par 3 11th.

“190 yards to a back left pin, wind was blowing left to right. I just hit a tiny little draw 7-iron and held it up against the wind,” Calkins said. “Just watching it, it went straight into the hole. It didn’t hop, didn’t bounce, didn’t do anything, it went straight in.”

Calkins praised his caddy and cousin Joe Blaser for carrying a 25-pound bag for 36 holes in the qualifier and said he is excited for another shot at qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

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