Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - June 11, 2010

Stanford's Bramlett makes U.S. Open' Menlo's Grimes sixth in state

Stanford senior golfer Joseph Bramlett knows what he'll be doing for at least two days next week after shooting rounds of 65 and 71 on Monday at the Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento. That effort earned Bramlett one of four sectional qualifying berths for next week's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Bramlett's 36-hole total of 6-under 136 tied him for second with Kenny Kim of Bellflower, three shots behind medalist Erick Justesen of Citrus Heights.

Bramlett birdied his final hole of the day to avoid a playoff, sinking an eight-foot putt. The native of Saratoga got off to a fast start with an eagle on his first hole and a birdie on the second en route to a opening-round 65. He had five birdies and five bogeys in the afternoon.

"I hit some loose shots in the afternoon but I bounced back every time," Bramlett told the Sacramento Bee. "And I made a putt that I pretty much knew I had to have."

Earning a spot in the U.S. Open is another milestone on the comeback trail for Bramlett, who was sidelined for the better part of the last two years after suffering through two separate wrist injuries.

Bramlett is the first Stanford golfer to qualify for the U.S. Open since Jordan Cox earned a spot in the field at the 2008 championship held at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

Parking for those coming to Pebble Beach for tickets or merchandise is located on-site near the Merchandise Pavilion. Please follow signs for Pre-Championship Merchandise Sale/Ticket Sales.

More than 35,000 people are expected to attend each day of the championship.

The transportation plan for the tournament is designed to provide a satellite parking system, while minimizing the impact on existing Monterey Peninsula traffic flow in the surrounding area.

All general spectators traveling by car to the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach should use free championship parking, located at California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB), with close access to and from State Highway 1 and the City of Marina. Nearly 16,000 parking spaces have been secured at CSUMB to ensure that daily spectators enjoy trouble-free travel to and from the championship.

Caltrans is placing special U.S. Open roadway informational signs to guide motorists to the specific parking areas at CSUMB. Incoming spectators will be traveling to CSUMB via State Highway 1, and will take the Imjin Parkway/12th Street exit. From there, signage will direct them to the general spectator parking lots at CSUMB.

From CSUMB, the Pebble Beach Company will provide approximately 100 complimentary shuttle buses that will run continuously from 5:30 a.m. until two hours after play ends each day. The shuttles will travel along State Highway 1 south to the main Pebble Beach Highway 1 entry gate, and drop spectators off near the championship's main admission gate.

For those deciding not to travel to the U.S. Open, ESPN will begin television coverage of the first two days of championship play (June 17-18) from 10 a.m. to noon (PDT) each day. NBC Sports' coverage of the first two rounds will air from noon-2 p.m., followed by coverage from 2-7 p.m. on ESPN.

NBC will broadcast the third from (June 19) from 1:30-8 p.m. and the fourth round (June 20) from noon-6 p.m. If a playoff is held, it will air starting at noon on Monday (June 21). ESPN will cover the first two hours and NBC then will provide coverage until completion.

In other golf news this week:

Menlo School junior Patrick Grimes of Palo Alto capped an outstanding golf season by finishing sixth at the CIF State Championships on Tuesday in Santa Maria.

Grimes, who earlier won the Central Coast Section title, shot an even-par 72 while finishing four strokes behind a trio of golfers who shot 68. Patrick Cantlay of Servite won a playoff on the second hole to claim individual honors on the 6,505-yard Santa Maria Country Club.

Grimes was one of two golfers from Northern California to shoot 72. Grimes was 2-over on the front nine after taking back-to-back bogeys on the par-5 eighth and ninth holes. The ninth was a short 474-yarder.

Grimes did birdie the 118-yard par-3 13th hole and picked up another birdie on the 14th, a 380-yard par 4. That got him back to even par. He parred in for a solid 33.

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