Golfer Fricke falls short of Open goal

SUWANEE -- A few bad holes kept Covington golfer Jonathan Fricke from reaching his goal of playing in the 2012 US Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

With only three players and two alternates eligible from The River Club in the two-round qualifier, Fricke finished tied for 29th place with a 7-over par 149 on Monday shooting a 75 in the first round and a 74 in the second.

Fricke started the first round is good shape with a birdie on the first hole before dropping back to even par on the third hole. After making par, the next 11 holes, Fricke's game began a little shaky shooting 4-over par in the final four holes.

Unfortunately for Fricke, he put himself in a tough spot, starting the second round four strokes over par and having to make up a lot of ground. It soon became apparent that it was not his day, falling five strokes further behind after finishing the 10th hole of the second round with a double bogey to go 9-over par. Even though he didn't win, he was able to finish strong with birdies on the 15th and 18th hole.

PGA Tour player Jason Bohn (Acworth) earned the low-medalist honors, posting a 7-under 135. Bohn overpowered the 7,089 yard, par-71 course in the first round with a 6-under 65 finishing the second round with 1-under 70. Shooting consistent with a pair of 68's, Casey Wittenberg (Memphis, Tenn.), a member of the Nationwide tour and the 2003 U.S. Amateur runner-up, finished one stroke back with a 6-under par. Claiming the final spot was Johns Creek's The Standard Club club professional Tim Weinhart (Alpharetta) with a 137 (69-68).

Nationwide Tour player James Love, of Canada, fired a 66 in the first round, following with a 72 to earn the first alternate position. Recent Georgia Tech graduate James White (Acworth) nabbed the second alternate spot at 1-under 141 (70-71).