Brown Advances To U.S. Open Golf Sectional Qualifying

 Woodland, Calif.-----San Jose State University freshman Nick Brown was one of six golfers to shoot 68 or better at the Yolo Fliers Golf Club and advance from local to sectional qualifying for the 2009 United States Open men’s golf championship.

Brown, from Rocklin (Calif.) High, was one of five golfers in the 140-plus player field to post a four-under par 68 on the par 72, 6,858-yard course. Two other players in the field turned in scores of five-under par 67.

With only six spots available from the Woodland, Calif., local qualifying to advance to sectional play at the Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Calif., on June 8, Brown returned to the golf course in a five-way playoff for one of the remaining four spots. The playoff lasted just one hole with the Spartan youngster nailing a 25-foot par putt to join three others who also posted par on the hole.

“This is the first time I even tried (qualifying for a United States Golf Association event). I figured I’d give it a shot and it paid off,” said Brown, who needed a birdie on his 18th hole to finish with his 68.

In his first season with the Spartans, Brown played in six tournaments and had a 74.89 stroke average. He was part of the San Jose State five-man squad that set a school record for 54-hole team score with a 21-under par 843 at the Kauai Collegiate Invitational in November 2008. His three-under par 213 including a final-round five-under par 67 was instrumental in the new school scoring mark. He also had the team’s only hole-in-one during the season with an ace in the third round of the 63rd annual Western Intercollegiate at the Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz.

Still just 18-years-old until June 28, Brown is one round away from participating in the 2009 U.S. Open championship at the Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., June 18-21.

The U.S. Open is one of four major championship opportunities on Brown’s golf calendar this summer. In April, he qualified to compete in the 98th annual California State Amateur championship, June 22-27, at the Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco. Brown also hopes to qualify for the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Publinx championships, two more USGA championships.