Blog 258, 5/6/13 - Wong, Kelly Through to US Open Sectional Qualifying as Allenby Smashes Country Club Course Record

Tyler Wong
Jack Kelly
Tyler Wong and Jack Kelly are through to US Open sectional qualifying to be held on June 3rd after surviving a three-man playoff in today's regional qualifier at Bellingham Golf and Country Club. The Sudden Valley assistant pro and University of Washington red shirt freshman both shot two-under-par 69s on the 6,567-yard course to finish tied for sixth before outlasting Kenmore's Derek Berg in extra holes.
But while Wong and Kelly supplied the local headlines, it was Langley, BC's James Allenby that provided the biggest story smashing the course record with a sensational ten-under 61 that included six birdies and two eagles, the first at the Par 5 7th, the second at the Par 4 10th.
James Allenby
The former Oregon State golfer and Canadian Tour member won the qualifier by five shots over former UW player Darren Wallace, also of Langley, BC. "“It was pretty much perfect," Allenby said afterwards. "Every shot was going right at the flag, and all the putts were tracking. It was crazy. It was fun. Hopefully I can carry (the momentum) on through. It would be fantastic to play in the U.S. Open.”
"I meant to post that my game was coming together," he tweeted later. "Honest word. Guess that's obvious now. 61. Boom!"
Qualifying alongside Allenby, Wallace, Wong, and Kelly were John Cassidy (68), John Eisentrout (68), and Nick Taylor (68). Berg will be first alternate at sectional qualifying, Tim Feenstra second.
Also in the field were former Vikings Sandy Vaughan (70), Sean Packer (71), Dylan Stensland (73), Luke Bennett (73), Jake Koppenberg (74), Brian Barhanovich (77), Craig Crawford (78), and Thomas Jun (81). Bellingham's Matt Rawitzer shot 71. 
Results here.
allenby scorecard











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