Warford gives it his best shot in U.S. Open qualifier, but falls short

Quick note as well from Mount Si High School’s boys’ golf team. As we mentioned yesterday, their top junior, Drew Warford, was away from school competing for a chance to compete against the best players in the world in this country’s national men’s golf championship.

But Warford fell just short in the “local” qualifier for the U.S. Open, held over in north central Washington at Okanogan County’s Gamble Sands Golf Club. Warford fired a two-over par 72 on the par-70 layout and missed the cut by two shots. He held well through the first nine holes, but a double-bogey on the par-4 14th likely cost him his chance to move on to an upcoming “sectional” tournament in Walla Walla that the qualifiers from this event will be competing in later this spring.

He was the lone Valley entrant in this field. As we mentioned yesterday, three others competed in a “local” qualifier in Bremerton on Tuesday with all missing that cut as well.

The field Warford competed against yesterday was a wide-ranging field of golfers, many from the Northwest, but there were also golfers from several other countries, including Germany, Canada and Japan, that competed in the event. Of note, legendary NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, from Spokane, competed and shot a round of 80, missing the cut, and two guys with ties to Kingco, Ryan Benzel from Redmond and Brian Mogg from Issaquah, also missed the cut. The winner of the tournament was Canadian amateur Chris Crisologo, who carded a five-under 65.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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