From golfers with PGA Tour experience to teenagers just starting their path in golf, Tuesday’s US Open local qualifier at Ironwood Country Club showcased a diverse and talented group of professional and amateur golfers.

Rancho Santa Fe’s Anthony Paolucci, who has eight PGA Tour starts to his credit, shot a 7-under 65 on the challenging South Course at Ironwood in Palm Desert to earn the medalist’s honor and one of five spots for to secure section qualification next month’s US Open.

“I played very well. I had a good start,” said Paolucci. “I started birdie-birdie. So I just played really smart. I played (Ironwood) for the first time (Monday) in a practice round and they had the cups marked on the green. I just realized it’s very difficult when you’re over the hole.”

Palm Desert's Luke Ringkamp lands on the second green during a US Open qualifier on the South Course at Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, Calif. Tuesday May 9, 2023.

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With two eagles, four birdies and just one bogey, Paolucci’s 65 was good for a one-shot win over Hawaii’s Jared Sawada on the South Course, considered one of the toughest courses for local qualifiers in California.


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