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Monday, June 6, 2011

U.S. Open Florida sectional results

Former IMG Academies, Saint Stephen's and Georgia Tech alum Michael Barbosa grabbed one of three qualifying berths to the 111th United States Open in Monday's lone Florida sectional qualifier.

Barbosa, an amateur from St. Petersburg, joined Sarasota's Joey Lamielle, a regular on the West Florida Golf Tour, and Arnold Palmer's grandson, Sam Saunders, in progressing from Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach.

Lamielle shot 68-72--142 for medalist honors, while Barbosa and Saunders fired 141 totals in the 36-hole event. The duo secured their berths to next week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. in a three-for-two playoff. Barbosa and Saunders edged out Colombia's Andres Echavarria, a redshirt senior at the University of Florida.

Here's how the other three qualifiers from May's Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club's local qualifiers finished:

Sarasota's Brian Ward, a Riverview High and University of Tampa grad who plays the WFGT regularly, was in the hunt after an opening round 71.

Ward, however, ballooned to an uncharacteristically 79 in the afternoon round of the 36-hole sectional.

Travis Perkins improved to a 73 to finish at 148. Perkins, whose brother Troy is a goalkeeper in Major League Soccer, lives in Lakeland and also plays the WFGT like Ward and Lamielle.

Reigning City of Sarasota Men's Amateur champ Chris Kennedy finished a shot behind Perkins. Kennedy, a Cardinal Mooney alum, did his local qualifier in Tampa.

The other player who qualified from the Ritz venue was IMG Academies alum Luis Thiele from Brazil. Thiele shot 85 in the second round after an opening 87.

The full results can be found here.

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