Skarbo leads early at sectional qualifier in Oregon

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Monday, June 2, 2014

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.