Jones, Harvey qualify for U.S. Senior Open
Kent Jones and Bill Harvey, both from Albuquerque, are headed to the U.S. Senior Open.
Jones, a 51-year-old Champions Tour pro from Albuquerque, shot 9-under-par 63 and Harvey, the Ladera Golf Course PGA head professional, finished at 2 under Tuesday at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe to grab the two qualifying spots for the U.S. Senior Open.
Jones and Harvey were among a field of 69 players vying to advance to compete at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 27-July 1.
Jones blistered the field on the Sunset Course that plays approximately 7,200 yards. His bogey-free round featured one eagle and seven birdies.
“It was just one of those days when everything was clicking,” said Jones, a UNM alumnus. “I was putting real well and I was hitting it real good to stay out of trouble. It just sort of all clicked, really.”
Jones will be making his debut at the U.S. Senior Open after he failed to qualify last year.
He next plays in the Principal Charity Classic on the Champions Tour at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa, June 8-10. His best finish on the tour this year was at the Chubb Classic at Twin Eagles in Naples, Fla., where he tied for 13th.
Harvey is playing in the Colorado Senior Open, which started Wednesday.
Trio to compete in U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying
Wil Collins, Gustavo Morantes and Chandler Smith-Stetson will be competing in U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, dubbed “The Longest Day in Golf,” on Monday.
The trio each shot 1-under-par 71 to grab the three spots at the U.S. Open local qualifier on May 1 at the UNM Championship Golf Club South Course.
They are now trying to qualify for the 188th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y., June 14-17.
Collins, a former pro who played for UNM, is headed to Oregon for the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Portland Golf Club. He is leaving Friday and will meet with his former coach Dave Walters, who worked with Collins when he was 10. Walters had a brief tenure as general manager at Santa Ana Golf Club.
“I credited (Walters) for getting me in the 2010 Open,” said Collins, who is in his third straight sectional qualifier. He also played in the 2013 U.S. Open. “I was a wreck and he worked a miracle.”
Collins, a mortgage salesman in Albuquerque, said just walking the course for 36 holes will be challenging.
Morantes, a Venezuela native who recently finished his senior season with the Lobos, will play the sectional qualifier at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla. Morantes said he is familiar with the area, as he played junior golf there because his family visited Florida for summertime.
Morantes will be playing in his first sectional qualifier.
Smith-Stetson, an Albuquerque Academy alumnus, will be playing the sectional qualifier at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas, Morantes said.
Holes in one
TERRY MATHEW, Twin Warriors No. 13, 167 yards with 6-iron.
PHIL LOEPE, UNM Championship Golf Course No. 16, 178 yards with 4 iron, his fourth.
ISAAC ALDERETE, Albuquerque Country Club No. 10, 167 yards, pitching wedge, his second.
TIM FRAZIER, Arroyo del Oso, No. 9, 200 yards, 3-iron, his first.
Shot his age
BRUCE SELIGMAN, 74, shot 74 at Albuquerque Country Club.
CHUCK EVANS, 73, shot 71 at Tanoan CC.
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