Michael Tobiason Jr. said one of the lessons he learned last year in qualifying for his first U.S. Open was the importance of keeping your composure after making a mistake.
Despite gusty winds that tested the best ball-strikers in Thursday's local qualifying for the 2012 Open, Tobiason, a teaching pro at Applecross Country Club in Chester County, stayed cool and collected over the Trump National-Philadelphia course and gained one of six available spots in the next round.
Tobiason, 28, of Wilmington, shot an even-par 71, with three birdies and three bogeys. There weren't many errors, but he knew how to handle them.
Tobiason advanced through two rounds of qualifying last year and played in the Open at Congressional Country Club, where he missed the 36-hole cut but called it "an awesome experience."
"I learned you have to keep your cool," he said. "You're going to have some mistakes, and as long as you keep your cool and don't it make too big of a mistake, you're going to be all right. It's so easy to get down on yourself, especially because this [local qualifier] is 18 holes and you don't have that much time to recuperate your score."
Tobiason will go to Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., for the 36-hole sectional round on June 4.
Jarred Texter, Millersville . . . 36-33-69
David Quinn, Marlton, N.J. . . . 36-34-70
Chris Gray, Newark, Del. . . . 37-34-71
Michael Tobiason Jr., Wilmington . . . 36-35-71
*David Sanders, Mount Laurel, N.J. . . . 35-37-72
*a-Max Marsico, Las Vegas . . . 37-35-72.
Mark Miller, Levittown . . . 36-36-72
a-Zachary Herr, New Hope . . . 37-36-73
* won playoff for final two spots