Qualifier For U.S. Open
By Marcia Dowd
On May 2, the Club at
Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, was proud to host the first of 111
qualifying rounds for the 2014 U.S. Open Golf Tournament. Eighty-three
golfers qualified, 58 professionals and 25 amateurs with a golf
handicap index of 1.4 or better.
The five players with the best scores go on to the Sectional
Qualifiers. Adam Long of Jupiter finished first with Medallist Honors
posting a 64 and Bobby Collins of Palm Beach Gardens and Curtis
Thompson of Coral Springs tied for second place with a 66. Six players
who had shot a 68 went into a playoff for the two remaining spots. Paul
Scaletta (assistant pro at the Bears Club) and Richard Terga (teaching
pro at The Breakers) secured the last two spots.
The sectionals will take place June 2 in 10 locations with the U.S.
Open being played at Pinehurst in North Carolina on Father’s Day
weekend, June 12-15.
Golf is a sport of individual challenges based on skill and honor
spanning all ages and backgrounds.
The following threesome is an example of this.Jerry Tucker from Stuart
had just won the Senior South Florida Open and was proud to be the
oldest participant in this event at age 64. Jerry had played in the
U.S. Open in 1981 and 1984 and made it to the sectionals as recently as
three years ago. He proudly pointed out that he played in the Open two
decades before fellow competitor Henry Dubiel was born!
Henry Dubiel from North Palm Beach was the youngest player at age 13.
He smiled as he said how proud he was to be able to compete at 13 and
shooting a 77, which beat his older brother who didn’t compete until 14
and he shot 79!
Rounding out this threesome was Rafael Chaves Baicel from Brazil, age
40, who had played in the World Cup Golf Tournament in 2011. This
interesting trio was cheering each other on because in golf while
you’re competing against each other, you want everyone to play their
Other interesting facts regarding this event are:
• The players came from 11 states and 11 different countries.
• Forty-three members of Admiral’s Cove volunteered to shuttle the
players around their club and were very proud hearing all the
compliments regarding what wonderful shape the course and greens were
• Volunteer Bernie, one of Admiral’s Cove golfers, has a current index
lower than the necessary 1.4 to play in this event, but chose to
volunteer. Having played in two qualifying rounds in the past, he
shared his insights on the sport of honor where you play against
yourself, the course and the elements. He said that over the years some
of his best business deals and friendships were made on the golf course.
• Bernie’s comment regarding golf and friendships was exemplified as
Keegan Bradley, PGA tour professional and winner of the 2011 PGA
Championship caddied the whole day for his friend Evan Bernie
As you tune in to watch the final round on June 15, Father’s Day, may
you appreciate the sport, the story behind each player and the journey
they took to get there.