Whisman, Concha pass first U.S. Open test
May 19, 2008
GENOA ” Today was one of those rare spring days when the wind wasn’t causing a raucous in the Carson Valley.
The calm conditions left the Genoa Lakes Golf Club vulnerable for a change in the U.S. Open local qualifier.
Taking advantage of the benign weather were several players very familiar with the course ” including former Galena High School star Travis Whisman and ex-Wolf Pack player Carlos Concha.
Whisman, three years removed from his UNLV playing career, tied Todd Killingsworth of Jacksonville, Fla., for medalist honors with a four-under 68.
Concha was part of a trio a stroke back at 69. Jared Becher of Reno and Ryan Hallisey of Granite Bay, Calif., also shot 69s.
As it turned out, 69 was the cut line for qualifying for the sectionals, the final hurdle necessary to make next month’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.
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Former South Tahoe High golfer Dan D’Angelo made a respectable showing, finishing at 2-over 74. His 18-hole round included two birdies.
The five players who advanced to sectionals on Monday will play at a sectional venue on May 26 or June 2.