As far as locals went, Fircrest’s T.J. Bordeaux gave it the best shot at U.S. Open sectional qualifying Monday afternoon.
The Bellarmine Prep product was in contention for one of the two spots at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Oregon all the way to the late afternoon.
After holding a share of the lead at 2-under-par 69 after the first round, Bordeaux had a little bit of everything to fend off in the afternoon – including a two-hour delay, one huge mental mistake at No. 6 and ultimately an unforgiving wind down the stretch.
He shot 74 in the second round to tie for fifth at 143, missing the chance to play at the U.S. Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco.
“It was actually really nice when we teed off in the morning. But the first six holes were tough (with rain), and then it cleared up and got warmer,” Bordeaux said. “But the rain got bad.”
Bordeaux birdied the 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th and 17th hole to close out his first round. And he started his final round with five consecutive pars before running into trouble at No. 6.
He hit a 6-iron approach right and into a greenside bunker. His third shot ran past the hole. Sensing the rain was about to hit again, he rushed a putt by the cup – and missed the come-backer for a double bogey.
No sooner did he tap that in, play was halted because of lightning.
“I only saw three strikes of lightning,” Bordeaux said, “but they were timed to perfectly, we had to wait an hour and a half.”
Bordeaux did not make another birdie after that.
Oregon men’s golf coach Casey Martin was the medalist at 5-under 137.