Pleasant Hill amateur golfer Dale Bouguennec qualified for the U.S. Senior Open for the second consecutive year in USGA sectional qualifying held last week at Green Valley Country Club near Napa.
Bouguennec, 52, earned one of just two berths available to 88 competitors at the sectional site and did so in spectacular fashion -- he made an eagle-3 on the first playoff hole to beat out two professionals as well as one of his good friends, Dan Bieber of Alamo, who had just birdied the 452-yard par-5 first hole.
Bouguennec reached the green in two shots and placed his 156-yard approach within eight feet of the cup and made the putt. As a result, he will join amateur Robert Fulton of Martinez at the 2012 Senior Open, to be held July 12-15 at Indianwood Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich., just outside of Detroit.
Fulton won individual medalist honors by shooting 70 at Green Valley to earn his spot. Bouguennec and Bieber both shot 72, as did Japanese pro Tommy Tominaga and American pro Greg Bruckner. Bieber, a member at Green Valley, garnered an alternate spot with his birdie and could still get to play if there is a withdrawal from the Senior Open field.
Bouguennec qualified for the Senior Open last year and shot 77-82 at Inverness Golf and Country Club in Toledo, Ohio, missing the cut.
"I look to build on last year's experience in Ohio and really give those pros a run for their money," Bouguennec said.