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Long day for Riverton teen at U.S. Open golf qualifier

Jun 3, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Riverton High School sophomore Easton Paxton saw his bid for a U.S. Open slot come to a close in a sectional qualifier at Creswell, Ore., on Monday.

The qualifying round was played at the Emerald Valley Golf Course.

Paxton finished with an 84 in the first round of 18 holes and an 82 in the second round to end up for a total of 166, placing 47th out of 51 golfers.

Paxton, 15, was the youngest qualifier in the round.

Former Riverton Saltwater Classic champion Zac Blair of St. George, Utah, won the event, firing scores of 69 and 68 for a 137. He'll play in the Open later this month at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

Clayton Rask from Otsego, Minn., locked up the other qualifying spot on rounds of 72 and 69 for a 141.

Paxton qualified for the sectional round last month after shooting 66 at a local qualifying round putting together at the Riverton County Club to advance.

Paxton's day

The incoming Riverton High School sophomore was one of the last players in the first round to tee off on Monday.

Paxton was four over par through 10 holes on the tough, U.S. Open-style course.

The defending Wyoming Class 4-A golf champion managed one birdie in the two rounds, notching a 4 on the par-5 third hole.

Top scores from U.S. Open qualifying round at Creswell, Ore

Zach Blair, St. George, Utah, 69-68--137; Clayton Rask, Ostego, Minn, 69-72--141; Brandon McIver, Billing, Mont., 71-71--142; Paul Peterson, Portland, Ore., 73-70--143; Ted Brown, Canada, 74-70--144; Ryann Reed, Redondo Beach, Calif., 72-73--145; Wes Homan, Cincinnati, Ohio, 72-73--145; Sean Dale, Jacksonville, Fla., 71-74--145; Kevin Murphy, Rogue River, Ore., 74-72--146; Jonathan Sanders, Chatsworth, Calif, 74-72--146; Corey Prugh, Spokane, Wash., 75-74--149; Ty Travis, Eagle, idaho, 75-75--150; Dylan Maine, Spokane, Wash, 79-72--151; Matt Rutledge, Fort Collins, Colo., 78-73--151; Travis Ross, Crookston, Minn., 76-75--151.

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