This is a fairy tale come true of the local boy who made good.
Reality set in for former San Jose State golf star Isaac Weintraub on September 14 when he outdueled 17 professionals with a six-under par 66 over 18 holes for a spot in the 2010 Frys.com Open. The only sanctioned Northern California PGA Tour event takes place October 14-17 at the CordeValle Golf Club in nearby San Martin.
For the lefty who was a two-time All-Western Athletic Conference golfer during the 2001 through 2004 seasons, the Frys.com Open will be his Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour debut.
"The fact that it is in my back yard means even more than if I just qualified for one somewhere else in the U.S. I'm excited to play in this tournament. It's been a long road to this point," Weintraub said a few days after his six-under par 66 was four strokes better than his nearest competitor.
Now in a field of 132 golfers, the Santa Cruz native expects to see world-class players such as Henrik Stenson, Justin Leonard and Brad Faxon battling for the $900,000 first prize in the $5-million tournament.
After graduating from San Jose State, Weintraub turned pro. His golfing home was the Canadian Tour in which he enjoyed moderate success. None of that success was evident in 2010 due to an ankle injury he suffered in 2009 limiting him to just two tournaments.
The most recent one, the 54-hole Vancouver Open that concluded September 11, was a springboard for Weintraub. The second-round co-leader finished second at seven-under par 209. Less than three days later, he had a practice round at CordeValle under his belt and away he went.
"I flew in from Vancouver, Sunday, played a practice round Monday at Corde Valle. Tuesday was the Fry's.com Shootout," relates the three-time Academic All-WAC honoree.
"Now, my ankle is getting healthy and I've been playing for two to three months. This is just icing on the cake now, the cookie at the end of the tunnel that you work so hard for. You need something to show you that work is paying off."
To watch Weintraub in person, tickets can be purchased for the Frys.com Open through http://frysopengolf.com/tickets/purchase-tickets/