Alumni Tomasulo and Wi Tee Off Thursday at 2009 U.S. Open
June 17, 2009
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Former Golden Bears Peter Tomasulo and Charlie Wi commence play at the 2009 U.S. Open Thursday at Bethpage State Park's Black Course. The top-60 players and anyone within 10 shots of the lead after Friday's conclusion of round two advance to the final rounds Saturday and Sunday, with a playoff round Monday if necessary.
Wi, playing his first U.S. Open, tees off at 7 a.m. ET paired with Heath Slocum of the United States and England's Richard Bland. Tomasulo, who missed the cut after two rounds in last year's Open at Torrey Pines, gets started at 12:30 ET paired with Australian James Nitties and Martin Laird of Scotland.
'Charlie and Peter have great games and both could definitely make some noise,' said Bears head coach Steve Desimone of his former players' chances within the 156-player field.
Tomasulo, a 2004 Cal graduate and All-American who captained the Bears' NCAA Champion team in his final season, earned his PGA card with his money earnings last year on the Nationwide Tour. He has competed in nine PGA events in 2009, with his best finish 39th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February.
Wi, another former Cal All-American, went pro in 1995 after winning the Pac-10 individual championship. Already over the $1 million mark in earnings for the year, Wi delivered his best 2009 PGA finish to date with a 2nd at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April.
Each led his field in sectional qualifying rounds June 8 to lock up spots at this year's U.S. Open. Wi shot a 71-70 - 144 at Saticoy Country Golf in Somis, Calif., where the top-four finishers advanced; while Tomasulo carded a 64-69 - 133, with rounds split between Germantown Country Club and Ridgeway Country Club in Memphis, Tenn., where 13 golfers earned Open spots.
Fellow Golden Bears at Saticoy competing with Tomasulo included rising sophomore Devin Hexner, who played as an amateur and missed the cut with his 79-74 - 153. One stroke behind Hexner was Brandon Beck, who carded a 77-77 - 154. Also competing as an amateur was newly graduated Erick Thorson, who shot 80-84 - 164.
These current and former Golden Bears were among 767 golfers who vied for spots in this year's field at 13 sectional sites across the United States. The qualification process began with a record 9,086 entries, with only 63 players fully exempt.
2009 U.S. OPEN
Bethpage State Park (Black Course)
Par 71 - 6,793 Yards
Course Rating: 75.4
Slope Rating: 144
Field: 156 players (14 amateurs)
Purse: $7.5 million ($1.35 million to the winner)
Cut: Top 60 and ties and anyone within 10 strokes of the lead after 36 holes
Playoff (if necessary): 18 holes of stroke play on Mon., June 22, at 9 a.m. PT