Dana Hills High School junior Tanner Podres won an SCGA U.S. Open local qualifying tournament on May 13. Photo: Courtesy SCGA
Dana Hills High School junior Tanner Podres won an SCGA U.S. Open local qualifying tournament on May 13. Photo: Courtesy SCGA

Compiled by Steve Breazeale

Dana Hills High School junior golfer Tanner Podres has put himself in position to advance to the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington.

Podres won an SCGA local qualifying tournament at Industry Hills Golf Club on May 13, automatically earning a berth in the sectional qualifying stage. If Podres can advance past sectionals, he will earn a trip to play in one of his sport’s most coveted championships.

Podres’ score of 69 (-3) was one shot clear of second place.

Podres got out to a blistering start after teeing off on the 10th hole to start his day. He torched the back nine at Industry Hills for four birdies and one bogey, making the turn at 3-under par. His back nine proved to be a bit more sporadic. Podres recorded three more birdies but made one bogey and a double bogey five on the par-3 ninth hole to close out his round. Nonetheless, Podres’ score earned him medalist honors.

Podres will tee it up along with 45 other U.S. Open hopefuls at either Big Canyon Country Club or Newport Beach Country Club on June 8.

 

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