Philip Jonas of Surrey, B.C. shot 3-under 69 to earn medalist honors in leading the field of 43 players who competed today in U.S. Senior Open sectional qualifying at the par-72 Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course in Sequim, Wash.
Jonas was the only player in the field to advance from this qualifier to play in the 2018 U.S. Senior Open Championship, which will be held June 28-July 1 at The Broadmoor (East Course) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Finishing tied for second, two shots back of Jonas, were Mark Mitrovich of Port Angeles, Wash. and Keith Henderson of Blaine, Wash. The two players went to a playoff, with Mitrovich claiming the first alternate spot, and Henderson the second alternate spot.
The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) is the local representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and conducted this qualifier for the U.S. Senior Open Championship.
Jonas stood at 1-under par after 12 holes, but then birdied the short par-4 13th and par-5 14th holes, and parred in from there to claim the lone available spot.
This is the second year in a row Jonas has qualified for the U.S. Senior Open. He was also the medalist last year in sectional qualifying at Bellingham (Wash.) Golf & Country Club.
Jonas is a CPGA professional who runs, along with his wife Patty, who herself is a two-time BC Women’s Amateur champion, the Jonas Golf Academy, with two locations in the greater Vancouver area. Jonas played on the European Senior Tour in 2013 and 2014. He was the PGA of BC Player of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 20a07.
Click here for complete hole-by-hole scoring of this qualifier.
The USGA accepted a total of 2,738 entries for the 2018 U.S. Senior Open Championship. Entries came from golfers in 48 states, and the District of Columbia, as well as 27 foreign countries.
The U.S. Senior Open is open to professional golfers, and amateurs with a Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4 who are 50 years of age at the start of championship play.
Founded in 1922, the WSGA is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving nearly 70,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, the WSGA works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds.
The WSGA also serves as a statewide representative of the USGA and works closely with a number of allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game.