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Fricke falls short at U.S. Open qualifying
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Playing in the U.S. Open will have to wait a little longer for Newton's Jonathan Fricke.

Fricke shot 7-over par 149 at The River Club in Suwanee Monday in the second round of qualifying for the U.S. Open held at The Olympic Club in San Francisco starting on June 11.

In the two-round event, Fricke shot 75 in the first and 74 in the second to finish 29th.

Fifty-three players competed for a spot in the U.S. Open with only the top three players eligible to move on. Jason Bohn of Acworth, and a PGA player, was low medalists at the qualifying location with a score of 135 at the 7,089 yard, par-71 course.

Casey Wittenberg, of Memphis, Tenn. finished second with 136 and Tim Weinhart, of Alpharetta, secured the final qualifying spot with a 137.

James Love, of Canada was first alternate with a score of 138 and James White, of Acworth, was second alternate with 141.

Fricke advanced to the second round of U.S. Open qualifying after shooting 67 at the Summer Grove Golf Club in Newnan on May 8.

Fricke, whose father and stepmother moved near the Covington square when he was around four years old, is a full-time professional golfer looking to one day reach his dream of being a PGA golfer.

For two years, Fricke was on the Nationwide Tour, where the top 25 money earners earn a PGA Tour card, and for the last three years has been working throughout the country at various tournaments continuing to try to find a way into the country's biggest golf tournaments.

He is a graduate of Georgia State and South Gwinnett High.