US Open Qualifying

Joey Lamielle is going back to the U.S. Open, this time as the medalist of the Florida sectional.

Lamielle shot a 31 on the front nine off the 36-hole qualifier
Monday at Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach and then held off all
challengers to shoot 68-72 --- 140.
    The 28-year-old graduate of Sarasota's Booker High School and the
Florida Gulf Coast University is headed to the U.S. Open for the second
time in three years. He qualified in 2008 when it was held at Torrey
Pines but did not make the cut.
     Mike Barbosa of St. Petersburg and Sam Saunders, the grandson of
Arnold Palmer, captured the final two qualifying spots.
       Barbosa prepped at Saint Stephen's in Bradenton and is a
financial
advisor in St. Petersburg. He fired a 67 in the local qualifying at the
Ritz-Carlton Members Club in May for medalist honors.
          Barbosa had rounds of 68-73 --- 141 and survived a playoff to
advance.
        "I am speechless right now," he said. "I can't believe I am
playing in the U.S. Open."
         After getting off to a great start, making five birdies in a
row, Lamielle put it on grind control.  He struggled on the back nine
of the final 18.
         "I just hung tough," he said. "Once I bogeyed the last two
holes, I thought I shot myself in the foot. I was very surprised to see
my name at the top of the leader board. The greens were like ice. If
you missed a putt, it was your fault."
            Carrying his bag for 36 holes was his longtime coach Andre
Panet-Raymond, a PGA master professional.
          "It was nice to have a mental coach on the bag," Lamielle
said.
 Two other Sarasotans --- Chris Kennedy and Brian Ward ---
failed to make it.  Kennedy posted scores of 75-74 - 149, and Ward shot
71-79 - 150.
Saunders, 23, of Orlando, shot 69-72 -141. He finished
strongon his last nine holes, shooting a 32 to put him in a three way tie for
the last spot.  Saunders made par on the first playoff hole to advance.
           Saunders also will be playing in his first U.S. Open, which
will be held at Congressional Country Club, in Bethesda, Md., June
16-19.
           Lamielle already has plans to leave Saturday for
Congressional.

 

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