Dallas QB Romo advances at Open qualifier

Tony Romo at the Dallas Cowboys annual sponsor appreciation golf outing in Grapevine, Texas, on May 12, 2010.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is a step closer to playing the U.S. Open.

Romo earned one of seven qualifying spots Thursday at The Honors Golf Club of Dallas. Romo birdied three of his last four holes to shoot 69, then survived a four-for-three playoff to advance. He took just 12 putts on the back nine.

It was the first time in three attempts that Romo advanced to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open.

Romo will play a 36-hole sectional qualifier June 7 at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas. At least one player from each of 13 sectional qualifiers will advance to the U.S. Open that will be played June 17-20 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.

Romo had a tee time May 17 for a Monday qualifier for this week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship, but instead participated in the first day of the Cowboys’ organized team activities.

The sectional won’t conflict with Romo’s football duties. The Cowboys’ last round of organized team activities is June 8-10.

In other local qualifying events held during the past two weeks, former MLB pitcher John Smoltz, Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee and Minnesota Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell failed to advance to sectional qualifying.

Vince Jewell shot 64 at The Honors Golf Club to earn medalist honors. Also moving on to section qualifying were: Bill Allcorn (65), Scott Abbott (68), Casey Clendenon (68), James B. Patton (69) and Anthony Broussard (69).

Robby Ormand (69) was first alternate and Ronny Glanton (70) was second alternate.

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