Making the Rounds: Gold River’s Catlin comes up short in bid for spot in Open

A 6-under-par 66 and four playoff-hole pars earned John Catlin nothing but heartache during Monday’s qualifying at Yocha Dehe for this week’s PGA Tour Open in Napa.

Catlin was one of eight players who shot a 66 and played extra holes to determine four tournament berths. He missed birdie putts of 15 feet or less on the first three.

“I would have bet the house they were all going in,” said Catlin, 23, a Jesuit High School graduate and Gold River resident.

Jarrod Lyle, Matthew Goggin, Eric Axley and T.J. Vogel advanced. Jamie Lovemark, Todd Fischer, Greg Chalmers and Catlin did not.

Catlin finished 15th on the Canadian Tour money list this year, which exempts him into the second stage of the Tour qualifying tournament. His past 17 competitive rounds have been par or better.

“I’ve been playing some really good golf,” Catlin said. “I’ve been working on some things. My ball flight is higher, which allows me to fire at more pins.”

Catlin has not played in a PGA Tour event, which makes Monday’s near-miss close to home even more difficult.

“It’s part of what we signed up for,” he said.

Elk Grove’s Spencer Levin will be in the field when the PGA Tour comes to Silverado for the first time since 1980.

They’re aces

• Jack Kissee used his 26-degree hybrid to ace the 110-yard ninth hole at Bradshaw last month and the 97-yard sixth hole Tuesday.

“It’s my go-to club,” Kissee said of the hybrid he can hit up to 130 yards. “I pull it out when I start getting tired. I don’t have to swing as hard.”

The holes in one were the 13th and 14th for Kissee, a Rosemont resident who’s made them all at Bradshaw since retiring as a meat cutter 11 years ago. He’s aced seven of Bradshaw’s nine holes – but Nos. 2 and 7 have been elusive.

Kissee, 69, walks 27 holes every weekday. He starts when the course opens and is home by noon.

“It’s my gym,” he said.

• Frank LaRosa, Sacramento’s voice of golf, recently aced the 14th hole at Mather.

It was well struck and visible, both positive attributes.

“I literally said ‘Go in the hole’ as the ball was leaving the clubface,” LaRosa said. “Of course, I’ve said that before, but this time it worked.”

It was LaRosa’s third ace, but the first he saw. His first, at Bing Maloney, was directly into the sun. His second, at Forest Lake in Acampo (now closed), was 240 yards.

“When I noticed that my tee shot was going to split the bunkers, I bent down to pick up my tee and my playing partners said, ‘It went in,’ ” he said.

Senior Open update

• More than 2,000 of the 2,500 volunteers needed at the 2015 U.S. Senior Open at Del Paso have signed up. There are limited positions available at


• A Senior Open holiday ticket package that includes merchandise and two any-day tickets will go on sale in early November. Only weeklong tickets are available now.

• Eighteen of the 19 hospitality tents have been sold.

Meanwhile, in Davis

Davis’ Nick Amen won the Yolo County Amateur over the weekend with a two-round 7-under 127 at Davis muni. Roseville’s Peter Moren (136) won the senior division in a playoff.