May 13, 2013
Former Nevada standout Jared Becher was one of four golfers who advanced from U.S. Open Local Qualifying on Monday at Genoa Lakes Golf Club.
Becher fired a 2-under-par 70 on Monday and then survived a three-man playoff to earn a spot unto sectional qualifying. It marks the second straight year that a Nevada alum made it out of local qualifying as Scott Smith went on to play at the Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco last year.
Becher joined Reno’s T.J. Morrey and Trent Virden and Kraig McLeod of Pebble Beach, Calif., as part of the foursome that advanced.
Former Pack golfer T.J. Duncan is the second alternate.
This marks the third straight year that Becher was in a playoff in the Open qualifier.
“I had no chance,” Becher told the Reno Gazette-Journal after the round. “I’ve played this so many times I knew I’d need a 66 to 68 to guarantee a spot. Seventy, 69 is usually borderline. I was walking off with no glimmer of hope. Well, a slight glimmer.”
Becher told the paper that he plans to go to the Dallas sectional (Lakewood Country Club) on June 3. There are 13 sectional locations and the winner at each qualifies for the Open at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania in June.
Becher, a Reno High graduate, was an NCAA Championship participant as a senior at Nevada in 2010.