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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

U.S. Open local qualifiers: No more locals advance

Local qualifying for the U.S. Open continued Tuesday at two more Florida venues.

The nearest course to Manatee County - Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club in Brooksville - boasted the most area players at its qualifier.

None, however, made it through to the sectional stage.

Bradenton's Adam Pettitt and Bradenton Beach's George Blackshaw both carded 81s to miss one of the two sectional berths.

Also failing at the Southern Hills site were PGA Tour winner Grant Waite and former Nationwide Tour regular Brennan Webb.

Joe Monte and Stephen Arnold also missed.

All four players have competed on the West Florida Golf Tour, and Arnold also ran the West Florida Amateur Tour during its inaugural season in 2011.

The lone Florida sectional is June 6 at Vero Beach's Quail Valley Golf Club.

WFGT regulars booked three of the five spots in Monday's local qualifier at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch.

Bradenton's Ryan Worthy, who attends Saint Stephen's Episcopal School, had the highlight of the day despite not qualifying for sectionals after a 1-over par 73.

He aced the difficult par-3 16th hole, popping in a 4-iron from 205-yards into the wind for his hole-in-one.

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