Mike Moorhead was on his way home from Pleasanton Thursday when he began to zero in on his next golf tournament. The one he just wrapped up, Moorhead wanted to forget.
Moorhead finished the American Junior Golf Assn. Trader Joe's Junior Championship with a three-round total of 218, eight shots over par and too many behind to be in contention.
The three days Moorhead spent in the Bay Area were supposed to be a tune-up for the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifying event at Big Canyon Country Club on Monday. What Moorhead learned was his game is a little rusty.
The timing is not ideal.
Moorhead takes a stab at his second chance to reach the U.S. Amateur Championship in as many years. The incoming Corona del Mar High junior came close last year at Big Canyon before finishing one stroke behind the three players who qualified for the tournament.
The top three advance again to the U.S. Amateur Championship, which will be at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash., Aug. 23-29. Moorhead's goal is to make it.