JOBIM Carlos and Rico Hoey, mainstays of the Philippine squad that routed the field in the Putra Cup last year, barged into the final phase of the US Open Qualifying recently with scintillating efforts in their respective sectional events.
Carlos, the MVP Sports Foundation scholar at the University of San Francisco, fired a two-under-par 68 at the Pasatiempo Golf Club in San Francisco to finish second and book a slot to the June 2 final set at Lake Merced and Olympia Golf Clubs.
Only five slots were contested by more than 50 players at Pasatiempo, with Carlos' USF teammate Cory McLyea finishing on top.
Hoey, who migrated to the United States when he was five and returned to key a 22-stroke Philippines victory in the Putra Cup at Sherwood Hills last July, booked one of two spots in the Bermuda Dunes Golf Club qualifier with a one-over-par 73.
Both are being supported by the MVPSF, whose vision is to be able to help send a Filipino golfer to the Olympics.
“The MVP Sports Foundation is very happy with the progress and development of Jobim,” said MVPSF president Al Panlilio.
“Jobim gives us and the country great pride in this achievement. We wish him more success,” Panlilio said.
The US Open will be held at Pinehurst No. 2 starting on June 12.
The final phase of qualifying will be 36 holes set in one day, with Lake Merced to host the first 18 before the field goes to the Olympic, the site of the 2012 Open.
Carlos knows both courses as the USF squad uses both as its practice facility.