By Oliver Lazenby
A couple of local golfers finished near the top at the US Golf Association’s Senior Open qualifier last week in Bellingham, but only one – at least from this side of the border – made the cut for the big tournament.
Keith Henderson, Birch Bay resident and former manager of the Loomis Trail Golf Club, shot for par and a second place finish at the qualifying round on June 12 at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. Henderson and Philip Jonas of Surrey, who won with a score of 69, qualified for the U.S. Senior Open.
For Henderson, 53, this was a standout tournament performance.
“In tournament play that’s obviously a highlight,” Henderson said. “My actual score – I’m completely satisfied with it, obviously, but I’ve played the course better.”
Henderson currently teaches at Loomis Trail Golf Club. He said qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open was a goal for him, but one he approached realistically.
“It’s still really hard for me to believe,” He said. “There are a lot of great players out there.”
Blaine golfer Jeff Coston finished one stroke behind Henderson, and missed qualifying by one spot.
The U.S. Senior open goes from Thursday, June 29 to Sunday, July 2 at Salem Country Club in