Oakdale High School sophomore Ryan Meyer has been having a memorable year. The decorated golfer has helped his team advance to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters; and on Tuesday, May 7 he placed at the U.S. Open Local Qualifier Tournament.
The 18-hole qualifier tournament took place at Ruby Hill Golf and Country Club in Pleasanton as he shot a two-under-par 70. Meyer tied for fourth overall in the event at -2, first place was Hayden Shieh of Fremont with a -4 (68). “I played well in the front nine, I shot a -3 in the front nine to help myself advance. I knew I was in a pretty good spot.”
With well over 75 golfers from across the region in the competition, Meyer made the cut and will play in the Regional Qualifier. The regionals are held Monday, June 3 at a sight yet to be determined. If Meyer qualifies in the top five, he will compete in the U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. on June 13-16. “It would be an honor to play there, but I have a lot of work to do to achieve that.”
There were more than 6,000 golfers in the region; 500 local golfers from each local market competed and nearly 90 made it to each local qualifying round. Oakdale High School senior Calvin Reed also made it to the local qualifier but missed the cut by shooting 83 (11 over) at Ruby Hill. Modesto’s Jonathan De Los Reyes also missed the cut by shooting 73 (one over). De Los Reyes is a pro golfer at Oakdale Golf and Country Club who has served as a mentor to the Oakdale High School golf team.