A Page -- June 6, 2011

Bieber (right)

Gilmour's Bieber Looking to Be One of 

Four in U.S. Open Qualifer Today 

GATES MILLS – Only a few hours away from playing in one of  the biggest tournaments he will participate in this year, Gilmour Academy sophomore Andrew Bieber is concentrating on finals first and the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament second.  

The 16-year old resident of Shaker Heights, Ohio, seems to have his priorities straight, focusing on the task at hand, which is finishing out the school year strong academically.  

Friday was his final day of school, rather than the usual Tuesday, June 7 date, and then it was off to Glendale, Calif., where he will be one of 94 participants seeking one of four qualifying spots available for the 111th U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., on June 16-19.  
Bieber is set to tee off in the first round of the sectional tournament at Oakmont Country Club on Monday at 8:02 a.m. with a second round tee time later that afternoon at 1:27 p.m.  All that stands in his way are 36 holes, 34 other amateurs, 58 professionals and another amateur awaiting reinstatement.
One of the youngest participants in this particular qualifier, Bieber is joined by fellow 16-year old sophomore Beau Hossler, Jr. from Santa Margarita High School.  Bieber doesn’t seem to be phased by 
the notion; instead, all he can do is talk about one of the other standouts – PGA Tour member Charlie Wi.
“Charlie Wi is golfing in this,” said Bieber, “Charlie Wi, that’s a big deal.”   
Wi is one of two PGA Tour members competing for a qualifying spot. The other is Bio Kim.

Some additional participants are from a few of the top NCAA Division I golf programs in the country, including Matt Hansen (UC Davis), Max Homa (UC Berkeley), Steve Lim (USC), J.J. Spaun (San Diego State), Martin Trainer (USC), Scott Pinckney (Arizona State), Eric Mina (UC Berkeley) and Andrew Putnam (Pepperdine).  These eight golfers are currently participating in the NCAA Division I finals in Stillwater, Okla., through June 5.
Bieber advanced to the sectional qualifier by finishing second at a local qualifier at Beechmont Country Club on May 10 after shooting a 1-under 70 to beat out 124 other participants.  Earlier in the year, Bieber helped lead Gilmour Academy to its fifth Division III Boys Golf State Championship.

Lake Erie Men’s Golf Signs Two to 

Letters of Intent

Head Coach Milt Johnson will welcome Northeast 

Ohio high school standouts Ryan Chaloupka from 

Nordonia and Sean Blaine from Brooklyn to the Storm 

Program in 2011-12.
PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College head golf coach Milt Johnson announced the signings of two men’s players to letters of intent for the upcoming 2011-12 school year on Wednesday (May 25).  Northeast Ohio standouts Ryan Chaloupka (Northfield Center, Ohio/Nordonia) and Sean Blaine (Cleveland, Ohio/Brooklyn) are the newest members of the Storm program.
“We’re very excited about adding both Ryan and Sean to our program,” Johnson said.  “They are both talented and were very accomplished high school players.  Both have been first team all-conference in their respective leagues. Sean was runner up in the PAC-10 conference his senior year and Ryan went  to districts his junior and senior years. We expect them to continue to develop their games, be good fits for Lake Erie and have an impact on our team.”
Chaloupka was a four-year letter-winner at Nordonia High School and qualified for the OHSAA Division I District three times.  He was twice recognized as an All-Northeast Ohio Conference selection, including first-team honors as a senior. During his junior season, Chaloupka finished fourth individually as the Knights finished as sectional runner-ups. The following year he was fifth as Nordonia took home the sectional title. The team won five events during his senior year.

A two-time team captain, Chaloupka was also a NOC All-Academic Award recipient. He is the son of Scott and Linda Chaloupka,
Blaine also lettered four times in golf at Brooklyn High School, while also earning three letters in basketball and two in baseball. He was a four-time All-Patriot Athletic Conference selection, including twice being named to the first team.  Blaine finished in the top five of the PAC-10 Championships each year, highlighted by a second-place finish as a senior.  He was the individual medalist four times during his career and was the Hurricanes’ most valuable player three times.  
A two-time all-district pick, Blaine received the team’s captain’s award in 2010. He is the son of Terry and Cheryl Blaine. 
“As you can see from their accomplishments, Ryan and Sean have both been very successful at the high school level,” Johnson said. “They have extensive tournament experience that will help them playing against the level of competition we face every tournament, especially with all the talented teams in the GLIAC.”