Bellingham golfer Chris Killmer shot a 1-under 69 to tie for third place at a U.S. Open local qualifier Wednesday, May 11, at Roslyn, advancing him to the U.S. Open sectional qualifier.
Killmer had an up-and-down start to his round at Tumble Creek Club, bogeying the first and third holes but scoring birdies on the second, fourth and sixth. He played even par the rest of the way, with a birdie on the 11th and a bogey on the 17th to tie Sumner’s Brian Thornton and amateur Yechun Yuan of Lake Mary, Fla.
Daniel Miernicki of Santee, Calif., took medalist honors at 3-under, while Ephrata’s Aaron Whalen, who plays at Washington State, was second at 2-under in the qualifier that sent the top six finishers on to the sectional qualifier round, which will be held June 6. The closest 36-hole sectional will be at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash.
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Bellingham amatuer Jacob Koppenberg finished 5 strokes behind the three-way tie for fifth place with a 5-over 75 on Wednesday, while fellow Bellingham amateur Cody Roth was another stroke back at 76. A third Bellingham amateur, Dane Renkert, shot a 79, tying Blaine’s Keith Henderson.