GOLF: Ellis makes final cut for Open Open

Local golfer shoots 7-under, qualifies for PGA event at
Gavilan graduate John Ellis fired a 7-under-par 65 to win the Open Qualifier held Monday at Bayonet Course in Seaside.

Ellis enjoyed a bogeyless round on the challenging 7,104-yard course, collecting three straight birdies on the fifth, sixth and seventh holes to go with seven birdies overall.

It was the last opportunity to qualify for Ellis, who tied for second place in an exemption shootout Sept. 17, and the 30-year-old rose to the occasion.

Ellis made the cut for this week’s Open at CordeValle Golf Club, the same course where Ellis qualified for the 2008 U.S. Open, along with Danny Wax, Chris Marin and Aaron Goldberg. Wax finished second at 67, and Marin and Goldberg were part of a five-way tie for third place at 69 out of 66 participants.

Silicon Valley’s first PGA Tour event runs Thursday through Sunday.

Ellis collected book-end birdies on the daunting par-5 Nos. 1 and 18 holes and also birdied the 10th and 12th to go with his back-to-back-to-back effort.

The Nationwide and Canadian Tour standout parred the rest.


Wanting to make sure all spectators experience all the fun and excitement of the Open, tournament officials have created a list of helpful tips and guidelines.

Parking: Free public parking is available on the north side of Watsonville Road with free five-minute shuttle rides to the tournament gates. The shuttles will run 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekend.

There is no public parking on the tournament grounds.

Tickets: Daily general admission tickets and all-week badges are still available and can be purchased at the main tournament entrance at Clos LaChance Winery, located next to the shuttle drop-off location. Additionally, tickets can be purchased online or by phone throughout the tournament week by visiting or calling (480) ITS-GOLF (487-4653).

Cell phones allowed: The Open has been selected to participate in the PGA Tour’s mobile device testing, which allows fans to carry mobile devices and use them in select areas on the golf course. The testing is being conducted to gauge the potential for mobile devices to be integrated into other PGA Tour events to enhance the overall fan experience.

The tournament has designated special cell phone-friendly areas (mainly near concessions and hospitality venues) where cell phones can be used without disturbing play.

Additionally, in an effort to offer spectators with a quality experience, the Open has created a mobile tournament website that can be used to enhance fans’ time spent on property. For a link to the mobile site, text frysopen to 99222.

Michelob Ultra Tailgate Party: The Michelob Ultra Tailgate Party is located at the heart of the tournament between holes Nos. 18 and 13 and is open to the general public. It will provide televisions and video boards featuring baseball and football games and the golf tournament. Sunday, the Michelob Ultra Tailgate Party will be hosted by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and other sports celebrities.

Michelob Ultra 19th Hole: The Michelob Ultra 19th Hole is open to the general public and is located between the CordeValle Clubhouse and the Golf Shop. This area has great views of the course, is adjacent to the practice putting greens and will include several televisions featuring golf, football and baseball.

The 17th Hole: The 17th hole will it be one of the more fun and exciting holes of the tournament; it’s the Kodak Challenge Hole.

There is also a unique hospitality venue available to the general public: Beer for Birdies. The Beer for Birdies promotion features discounted beers for five minutes after every birdie is made. A shot clock will countdown the time for the fans. Immediately following every birdie on the driveable, par-4 17th, beers will cost $3 for a 12-ounce can.

Additionally, if a professional makes a hole in one on the 17th hole on Saturday, fans can take their Saturday tickets to a Silicon Valley Audi Dealership by Oct. 30 to be entered into a drawing for a brand-new Audi.

Clos LaChance Winery: Clos LaChance Winery is the tournament’s main entrance and will also serve as a hot spot for nightly entertainment with live music Thursday through Sunday.

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