Don Thames, head golf pro at the Country Club, is heading to the U.S. Senior Open in Nebraska this weekend after learning Wednesday that his position as first alternate was being tapped for the tournament. The club will throw a bon-voyage party Friday night.
A five-time Rancho Murieta club champ, Thames competed in the Senior Open in 2008 and played his way to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Senior Amateur in 2010.
Thames, who has a history of dramatic shots to get into big tournaments, won the Senior Open spot by jarring a 25-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole of a qualifying round last week at Corral De Tierra Country Club in Salinas. Read more » about Thames wins second trip to U.S. Senior Open