It was 1985 when Chris Stein last got his crack at a chance to play in the U.S. Open.
He was 22 then, and in the Southern California city of Temecula for the Open sectional qualifier. Stein needed to shoot 3-under-par in his last nine holes to advance.
“Didn’t quite do it,” Stein said. “But here I am back now.” Read More
After Monday’s grueling sectional qualifier at Lake Merced Golf Club and TPC Harding Park, it will be quite a short road to this year’s U.S. Open.
About three miles, to be exact.
About 130 golfers, including dozens of local competitors, will tee it up and putt their way through two 18-hole rounds Monday in hopes of qualifying for the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club on June 14-17. Read More
Despite qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Open sectional qualifier at TPC Harding Park and Lake Merced weeks ago, Andrew Buchanan, the 17-year-old golfing prospect from Menlo School, won’t be teeing it up come Monday.
Buchanan, who won the Central Coast Section boys’ golf title this month, injured his right elbow during a pickup basketball game at a friend’s graduation party Sunday night. Read More
For St. Ignatius senior Alexandra Wong, it was just another day at TPC Harding Park. Except this day came with a title at the 95th San Francisco Golf Championships on Sunday.
“I’m really comfortable out here because, you know, I live down the street,” Wong said. “It’s kind of a big win for me because this is my home. People here are my family.”
She defeated Jayshree Sarathy in match play 7 and 6, but had to play catch up on Sunday. Read More
He doesn’t look back. Jay Don Blake doesn’t wonder how he could have changed the past — ask himself if he would have been a star if he hadn’t been so stubborn, ignored the doctors’ advice, paid more attention to what was in his head, not his heart.
Blake on Sunday won the Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup, at least the single-event section, in the chill and wind at TPC Harding Park on San Francisco’s mysterious southwestern edge. Read More
The journey is what distinguishes Tom Lehman, no less than the journey’s destination, and the destination at which he arrived after years of struggle and doubt is a place among golf’s best, and surely golf’s most persistent.
The journey took him across America and across the sea.
It took him through disappointment (five failures at qualifying school), and through disrespect (he was expected to rent cross-country skis at a course where he sought a club job). Read More