Skarbo leads early at sectional qualifier in Oregon
At Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore., professional Joel Skarbo of Seattle posted 14 pars and 4 birdies for an opening 68.
That gave Skarbo a one-shot lead over three other pros: Jarred Bossio of Olympia, Wash., Zac Blair of St. George, Utah, and Clayton Rask of Otsego, Minn.
An even 50 players – 35 pros and 15 amateurs – are competing for two spots in the U.S. Open.
After round one, the leading amateur is Brandon McIver of Billings, Mont., with a 71.
Emerald Valley, a public course located at a small resort, is in spectacular condition. Good thing, because the layout's 7,210 yards are filled with 18 dramatically sloped greens and thousands of evergreen trees.