Joseph Bramlett Qualifies for U.S. Open

June 8, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford senior Joseph Bramlett shot rounds of 65 and 71 on Monday at the Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento to earn one of four sectional qualifying berths for next week's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Bramlett's 36-hole total of 136 (-6) tied him for second with Kenny Kim of Bellflower, Calif., three shots behind medalist Erick Justesen of Citrus Heights.

Bramlett birdied his final hole of the day to avoid a playoff, sinking an eight-foot putt. The Saratoga, Calif. native got off to a fast start with an eagle on his first hole and a birdie on the second en route to a opening round 65. He had five birides and five bogeys in the afternoon.

'I hit some loose shots in the afternoon but I bounced back every time,' Bramlett told the Sacramento Bee. And I made a putt that I pretty much knew I had to have.'

Earning a spot in the U.S. Open is another milestone on the comeback trail for Bramlett, who was sidelined for the better part of the last two years after suffering through two separate wrist injuries.

Bramlett is the first Stanford golfer to qualify for the U.S. Open since Jordan Cox earned a spot in the field at the 2008 championship held at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

The Sacramento Bee contributed to this report.

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