D’Angelo to play in first U.S. Open qualifier
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
Daniel D’Angelo hasn’t taken his preparations for U.S. Open qualifying lightly.
The former South Tahoe High golfer has been spending 12 hours a day at Genoa Lakes preparing for his first attempt at local qualifying for next month’s U.S. Open in San Diego. D’Angelo and 69 other golfers will tee it up in qualifying Monday at Genoa Lakes in Genoa.
“I’m down there pretty much all of the daylight hours,” he said. “I’m trying to get to the next level.”
D’Angelo, one of four South Tahoe High players who have ever qualified for the Nevada state tournament, turned pro last year. He has seen progress since a humbling pro debut on the Pepsi Tour. A fifth-place finish last month at Silverado Country Club & Resort in Napa has given him hope for the future.
“My first goal was to walk away with a paycheck, and my next goal is to do a little bit better,” said D’Angelo, who practiced with the Santa Barbara City College golf team but never played an official match for the team.
He plans to play in the June 8-9 Pepsi Tour event in Sacramento, and enter his first Monday qualifier for the Nationwide Tour in September.
D’Angelo, a 2004 STHS grad, followed up his solid Napa performance by winning the Heavenly ski patrol tournament a few weeks ago.
“I’m playing well, so I’m excited,” he said. “I’m shooting in the low 70s, and I can get under par if I get the putts going.”
In addition to working on his own game, D’Angelo spent the spring assisting coach Mike Patterson with the STHS program. The Vikings produced their first regional medalist and state top 15-player in Kyle Mazzoni.
D’Angelo’s familiarity with the Genoa Lakes layout could come in handy Monday, but D’Angelo realizes that there will be high-caliber players gunning for the five precious sectional spots.
“Playing at Genoa Lakes does bring up my expectations, but at the same time, these guys are so good. It’s a game against the golf course, not a game against each other,” D’Angelo said.
D’Angelo will tee off at 8:30 a.m. in a threesome that will also include Alexander McElhaney of Santa Barbara and Dana Banke of Danville, Calif.
Former Galena High standout Travis Whisman is entered as is Carson City’s Matthew Laporte, Jonathan Cockerill, J.J. Drake, Kevin Goles and John Chirila; Minden’s Jonathan Merry and Greg Coleman; Incline Village’s Ryan Mitchell and Dave Cardy; Tahoe City’s River Winquist; Truckee’s Patrick McLennan; and Washoe Valley’s Stephen Sear.
U.S. OPEN QUALIFIER
At Genoa Lakes, Genoa
7:30 a.m. – Sean Fitzpatrick, San Ramon, Calif.; Glenn Earl, Henderson
7:40 – Justin Warthen, Arroyo Grande, Calif.; Don Winter, Ripon, Calif.; Darrell Dawkins, Las Vegas.
7:50 – Eurik O’Bryant, Reno; Branden Dalton, Fernley; Matthew Laporte, Carson City
8 – Stephen Sear, Washoe Valley; Jonathan Cockerill, Carson City; Seth Cotter, Sparks
8:10 – Allen Grant, Las Vegas; Bill Malone, Sun Valley; John Mitchell, Newport Beach
8:20 – Stan Doten, San Diego; Tommy Crowder, Monrovia, Califl; Todd Killingsworth, Jacksonville, Fla.
8:30 – Dan D’Angelo, South Lake Tahoe; Alexander McElhaney, Santa Barbara; Dana Banke, Danville, Calif.
8:40 – Joseph Peterson, Grass Valley; John Policarpio, Castaic, Calif.; Carlos Concha, Reno
8:50 – Kenneth McPartlin, Reno; Jacob Rydberg, Phoenix; Jason Sanders, Chandler, Ariz.
9 – Trent Hays, Reno; Matt Holm, Elk Grove; Casey Duryee, San Diego
9:10 – Ryan Mitchell, Incline Village; Nathan Birnbaum, Berkeley; Gregory Diedrich, North Las Vegas
9:20 – Ronnie Darby, Reno; Jayson Ray, Burlington, Wash.; Don Levin, Elk Grove
7:30 a.m. – Jared Becher, Reno; Sean Cracraft, Tetonia, Idaho
7:40 – Chris Beaty, Waterloo, Iowa; Geary Ness, Wellington; Corey Larusso, Scottsdale, Ariz.
7:50 – Casey Sutherland, Reno; A.J. Shiffert, Ivanhoe, Calif.; Dave Cardy, Incline Village
8 – James Harban, Reno; Erik Stone, Oakland; Jesse Abshire, Janesville, Calif.
8:10 – Patrick McLennan, Truckee; Travis Whisman, Henderson; River Winquist, Tahoe City
8:20 – Aaron Briones, Isleton, Calif.; Mark Singer, Simi Valley, Calif.; Adrian Drakulich, Sparks
8:30 – Matthew Robinson, Rocklin; Joel Russo, Chico; John Chirita, Carson City
8:40 – Michael Hays, Reno; Adam Hagen, Scappoose, Ore.; Nicholas Carlson, Phoenix
8:50 – Eddie Cavazos, Merced; Ryan Hallisey, Granite Bay; Jonathan Merry, Minden
9 – Fernando J. Lopez, Encinitas, Calif.; David Nelson, Reno; Greg Coleman, Minden
9:10 – Kevin Goles, Carson City; Dana Desarle, Reno; Mark Pulman, Las Vegas
9:20 – Mike Lyons, Arroyo Grande, Calif.; Chris English, Reno; J.J. Drake, Carson City