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Squalicum alum comes within 4 shots of advancing to U.S. Open sectional qualifier

Former Squalicum High School standout Matt Rawitzer shot a 76 and came within 4 strokes of advancing through a U.S. Open local qualifier on Tuesday, May 12, at the Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla.

Rawitzer, who played collegiately at Oregon State, shot a 37 on the front nine and a 39 on the back to finish 5 strokes behind a three-way tie for medalist honors between Sean Walsh of Keller, Texas, Tacoma’s Derrek Barron and Seattle’s Darren Black, who all finished even at 71.

Covington’s Kent Hagen shot a 72 to become the fourth and final golfer from the qualifier to advance to sectionals. Richaland Zachary Bixler and Walla Walla’s Ryan Baumgart will be the alternates.

The sectional qualifiers will be held at 12 sites — 10 in the United States, one in England and one in Japan. The U.S. sectional qualifiers will be held June 8, with the closest at Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum. The U.S. Open visits the Pacific Northwest for the first time in its 115-year history June 18-21 at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place.