Travers and Mitsunaga Advance Through US Open Local Qualifier
May 15, 2018
CALDWELL, Idaho – Conditions were perfect at Timberstone Golf Course in Caldwell for Monday’s US Open Local Qualifier. Scores in the red were plentiful, but it was Boise’s Kyle Mitsunaga and Nick Travers who came out on top- each shooting a 6-under par 66 to claim spots in the US Open Sectional Qualifier.
Mitsunaga, a former Boise State golfer, was red hot on the front nine, carding four birdies and an eagle to make the turn at 6-under. Scoring slowed on the back nine for Mitsunaga with only one birdie and one bogey, but a key putt on hole 15 to save par kept the lead intact.
Travers also had an impressive start. After an eagle two on the par 4 first hole, Travers was able to string together 3 more birdies to close out the front nine with a 33. On the back nine, Travers bounced back from a double-bogey on the par 3 13th hole with birdies on 4 out of the last 5 holes. Travers currently works as a teaching instructor at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise.
Two alternate spots were available, and a playoff was needed for three players tied at 67 to claim those spots. Donny Hopoi of Aiea, Hawaii claimed the first with a birdie on the third playoff hole and Zach Rawls of Boise claimed the second alternate spot.
Local Qualifying is the first step towards acquiring a spot in the US Open. Monday’s qualifiers will advance to one of 12 sites for Sectional Qualifying. The US Open is held in June this year at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY.