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Local golf briefs: Hill tees off at 6:57 a.m. Thursday at U.S. Open

Hill tees off Thursday in U.S. Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Calum Hill, a former Western New Mexico University standout, tees off on No. 1 Thursday at 6:57 a.m. (MT) in the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

Hill, a 23-year-old Scotland native, is playing with Americans Mickey DeMorat and Tyler Strafaci.

Hill, who was a WNMU assistant men’s golf coach the past two years before recently moving to Phoenix, qualified for the U.S. Open out of the sectional qualifying at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J., on June 4. He shot 7-under-par 135 to tie for first and grab one of the five qualifying spots to play in the U.S. Open.

He collected six birdies in his final round at Canoe Brook, including on the final par-5 18th hole to get in.

He grabbed the second and final spot out of local qualifying after shooting 4-under 68 at the New Mexico State Golf Course on May 14.

He is the all-time scoring leader for WNMU, closing out a brilliant four-year career with a 73.13 over 141 rounds (also a school record).

Local duo wins junior qualifier

Aidan Thomas of St. Pius High and Jacque Galloway of Cleveland High grabbed the top spot in their respective qualifiers on Wednesday and are headed to national junior amateur events next month.

Thomas, who will be a senior in the fall, shot even-par 72 at UNM Championship Golf Course to tie Brendan Powers of Mansfield, Texas. The two were in a field of 28 boys. Thomas defeated Powers in a one-hole playoff with an impressive up-and-down for birdie to nab the lone qualifying spot to the U.S. Junior Amateur at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., July 16-21.

Galloway, who will be a senior in the fall, shot 3-under 69 to qualify for the U.S. Girls Junior Championship at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif., July 16-21.

She won the qualifier, also at UNM Championship Golf Course, by six shots against 11 other girls.

Galloway, who has committed to play for Iowa, was named the Journal’s Athlete of the Year for girls golf. She is a three-time state champion who won the Metro and Shootout in the Desert titles this past season.

Senior event concludes at Paa-Ko Ridge

Pat Fogarty, the director of golf at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club, helped lead New Mexico Red to the team championship at the U.S. Senior Challenge at Paa-Ko Ridge on June 7. Fogarty, Jack Slayton, Antone Salome and Kevin Sivage finished at 8-under par 64.

Brian Kern of El Paso won the senior individual championshp (age 50-64) after rounds of 75-74-77 for 10 over. Sivage, of Albuquerque, tied for second at 12 over with Frank Ramey of Little Rock, Ark.

Jeff Burda of Modesto, Calif. won the super senior individual title (age 65 and older) after shooting 3 over.

Etc. …

  • Friday is the deadline to sign up for the New Mexico-West Texas Amateur. The event will be June 22-24 at Red Hawk Golf Club in Las Cruces. More information can be found at www.suncountrygolf.org.
  • The Junior Tour Match Play Championships will take place Sunday-Tuesday at Desert Greens Golf Course. The deadline for registration is today at 8 p.m.
  • The Boys Junior America’s Cup will take place at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Golf Course in Anaconda, Mont., July 22-26. Four boys — Trey and Tyler Diehl from Farmington, Lorne Fishburn of Corrales and Enrique Armijo from Rio Rancho — will represent New Mexico and West Texas to compete against 17 other associations throughout the U.S. and Canada..
  • The Girls Junior America’s Cup takes place at Hiwan Golf Course in Evergreen, Colo., July 23-27. The four girls representing New Mexico and West Texas are Jacque Galloway (Rio Rancho), Alexis Escobedo (Amarillo), Presley Jackson (Deming) and Jessica Osden (Los Alamos).

(To submit information for the Journal’s golf page, email sports@abqjournal.com or call 823-3935.)

Holes in one

  • GLENN COONTZ, Albuquerque, Arroyo del Oso No. 16, 179 yards, 7-iron, his third.
  • GRANT CLAYCOMB, Arroyo del Oso No. 16, 160 yards, 8-iron, his first.
  • RAY BEAULIEU, Arroyo del Oso, No. 4, 120 yards, his first.
  • JOE VOORHEES, Sandia Golf Club No. 16, 168 yards, 9-iron
  • RYAN VIGIL, Albuquerque, Los Altos GC executive course, No. 6, 85 yards, 5-hybrid
  • DOMINICK ROMERO, Albuquerque, Isleta GC Eagles Lakes No. 4, 159 yards, 9-iron, his first
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