Thursday, March 5, 2015

Davis connection felt at local U.S. Open outing


UCD golfers Ben Corfee, left, and Luke Vivolo monitor scores at Monday's U.S. Open Local Qualifying round at El Macero Country Club. Vivolo took fourth, earning a spot at the sectional qualifier, while Corfee — an El Macero product — was eliminated as an alternate on the eighth playoff hole. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

From page B1 | May 06, 2014 |

Good thing the bar was closed at El Macero Country Club on Monday.

In the 2014 U.S. Open Local Qualifying round at the South Davis course, former Sacramento State golfer Cameron Rappleye fired a 5-under par 67 to lead a field of 90 hopefuls.

Rappleye’s round included a 188-yard hole-in-one on No. 16.

Golf tradition says he who carded the ace buys drinks for everyone in the bar. Even Rappleye admitted “I was lucky” when there was no bartender to be found.

The top five golfers on this day — which included UC Davis player Luke Vivolo — move on to sectional qualifying at San Francisco’s Olympic Club on June 2. The lowest five scores there head to Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina for the actual U.S. Open June 12-15.

Vivolo, who found out earlier in the day that his Aggies are headed to the NCAA postseason in Alabama, birdied the course’s first two holes and went 34-36 for his 2-under, third-place finish on the 6,862-yard layout.

It was Vivolo’s third try at qualifying, and he was pleased with his five-birdie effort:

“I putted pretty well. Played consistently,” explained the Carmel High grad. “I made a lot of good pars and made some clutch putts at the end. Just a good, steady round.”

Grass Valley’s Marc Engellenner’s 69 took second with Jeff Brehaut (Los Altos) and Ryan Gronlund (Pleasanton) rounding out the qualifiers with 71s.

A dramatic eight-way playoff for the two alternate berths featured UCD golfers Ben Corfee and Jonny Baxter.

When the herd thinned during the subsequent playoff, it was professionals Corey Campbell (Salinas) and John Catlin (Carmichael) as first and second alternates, respectively — but Corfee didn’t go quietly, taking Catlin to the eighth playoff hole before bowing out for that second spot.

Corfee, a Jesuit graduate and Aggie sophomore who hails from El Macero, was close to qualifying last year, too. He said he wasn’t unhappy with his even-par round in 2014 and figured there would be more chances in his future.

Former Aggie and Davis High competitor Tyler Raber was 2-over on his home course and brother Scott (Chico State), came in at 83.

Current DHS sophomore Sam Yamauchi was scheduled to compete, but he scratched, opting to play in the Sac-Joaquin Section North Division championships with his Blue Devil teammates.

Notes: Vivolo, Scott Raber, Engellenner and Gronlund all maintain amateur status. … In addition to Baxter, Corfee, Catlin and Campbell, the alternate playoff included Cameron Rappleye’s brother Grant, Danville’s Gregor Main, Michael Williams (Roseville) and Jeff Rangel (Martinez).

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or 530-320-4456.



Bruce Gallaudet

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .


    ‘The Liar’ will have audiences in stitches

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Hibbert Lumber honored as an Owl Wise Leader

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Fiesta dinner, auction benefit Chávez School

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    World Language Fair brings nations to Davis

    By Krystal Lau | From Page: A3

    Get crackin’ for Yolo Crisis Nursery

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Taizé service set Friday at DCC

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Climate Lobby will meet March 11

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Be featured in Woodland’s water-wise landscape tour

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    UFC speaker series gives ‘A Winemaker’s Journey’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Speaker will illuminate universe’s dark side

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Divorce options covered in Saturday workshop

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Community forum with police will address hate in Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5



    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6



    DHS boys track team has high aspirations

    By Dylan Lee | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Blue Devil boys mash Marauders

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Devils’ big inning is the difference in baseball opener

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    DHS golfers dominate Elk Grove

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Davis softball offense explodes for first win

    By Chris Saur | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Sports briefs: DHS swimmers speed past Herd

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    Youth soccer: Barker lights it up for Blue Thunder

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Youth roundup: U15 Knights rout El Dorado Hills

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery





    ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ to be screened Sunday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Hear EZ Street Saturday at winery

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    UC Davis bands perform on March 11

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7

    Wealth of Nations plays Saturday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Resler releases memoir, ‘The Last Protégée’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Athens Guitar Duo to perform at Davis Arts Center

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8







    Comics: Thursday, March 5, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B6