Peter Tomasulo and Charlie Wi Qualify for 2009 U.S. Open

June 9, 2009

BERKELEY - Golden Bear alumni Peter Tomasulo and Charlie Wi each led his field in sectional qualifying rounds June 8 to lock up spots at the 2009 U.S. Open, held on Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., June 18-21.

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.

Joining Wi but failing to qualify at the Somis sectional was 2008 graduate and pro Brandon Beck, 2009 graduate Erick Thorson and Devin Hexner, who just redshirted his freshman season at Cal.

A former Cal All-Pac-10 and All-American, Wi 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.

Fellow Golden Bears at Saticoy included rising sophomore Devin Hexner, who competed 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.

Tomasulo, a 2004 Cal graduate and another former All-American, 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.

'We've had a lot of good players in the program over the years and it's great to see them aspiring to the U.S. Open and playing quality golf,' said Bears head coach Steve Desimone. 'We would have loved to see all five in, but Charlie and Peter have great games and both could definitely make some noise next month.'

These current and former Golden Bears were among 767 golfers vying 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.

Eleven golfers in England and five from Japan have also qualified for the U.S. Open following their qualifying rounds on May 25.

In all, nine former U.S. Amateur champions, 39 past USA Walker Cup members, six U.S. Amateur Public Links champions, nine past U.S. Junior Amateur winners, four U.S. Mid-Amateur champs and two British Amateur champions competed for spots in the U.S. Open, with sectional players from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, El Salvador, England, France, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Serbia, South Africa, Venezuela and the United States.

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