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Bellingham golfer just misses at U.S. Open local qualifier

Bellingham golfer Jacob Koppenberg just missed out on moving on to the sectional qualifier for the 2015 U.S. Open at a local qualifier held Monday, May 11 at The Home Course in DuPont.

Koppenberg finished in a 7-way tie for the final two qualifying spots after shooting a 72 (36-36). In the playoff, James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C. birdied the first hole playoff hole, and Mill Creek’s Kyle Cornett of Mill Creek, who won the 2005 NCAA individual championship while playing for the University of Washington, birdied the third to claim the two spots.

Bellevue’s Cheng-Tsung Pan, a senior at UW, claimed the top spot with his 67 (33-34). Also qualifying were Cameron Peck (69) of College Station, Texas, Renton’s Ahren Young (70), Sammamish’s Spencer Weiss (71) and Spencer Tibbits (71) of Vancouver, Wash. Sumner’s Brian Thornton (72) and Jonathan Sanders (72) of Chastworth, Calif., are the two alternates from the local qualifier.

The sectional qualifier will be held June 8, as players attempt to make the field for the U.S. Open, which will be played June 18-21 at Chambers Bay in University Place.

Blaine’s Chris Jorgenson shot a 77 (40-37) on Monday, while Bellingham’s Cody Roth shot a 78 (38-40) and Bellingham’s Dane Renker carded an 80 (38-42).