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Jun 11, 2013 8:41 PM by Andrew Masuda

Friends thrilled for Templeton native Tambellini's return to U.S. Open

Templeton native Roger Tambellini is preparing for second appearance in a major PGA Tour championship in his fifteen year career. The 38 year old has earned a spot in this week's 113th U.S. Open Championships at the Merion Golf Course in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. He qualified with a second place finish last week at the Newport Beach Qualifier.

The Atascadero High graduate has played in one other major. He missed the cut in the 2004 U.S. Open, which was played at the Shinnecok Hills Golf Course. It's been a tough run of things lately for Tambellini, who lost his card for the Web.com Tour and played recently in Brazil. He earned $35,000 last year on the Web.com Tour.

Qualifying for the U.S. Open is a chance to continue on the right track. "It's been a struggle lately. I haven't been playing that great. Last year was tough and this year I haven't been getting into events. So it's nice to have this sort of achievement," said Tambellini.

The Templeton native is paired with American Cliff Kresge and Canadian Ryan Yip in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open. They are due to tee off at 6:45 am Eastern Time on Thursday as part of the first threesome to hit the course, which has been plagued by rain over the last few days.

Roger's best finish in a PGA Tour event was a tie for fourth placein 2010. He has won three events on the Web.com Tour, which used to be known as the Nationwide Tour. Tambellini has also won three titles with Mike Rowley at the Straight Down Fall Classic at the San Luis Obispo Country Club.

Rowley, the owner and founder of the Straight Down Clothing company in San Luis Obispo, said he was thrilled for his friend qualifying for the U.S. Open. First of all, Straight Down sponsors Tambellini. Second of all, the two are long-time friends, who've won three Fall Classic championships together. "He's been a part of our brand and our family since he was 16, so for almost 20 years. And he's had opportunities to go elsewhere and he's chosen to stay with us. It'd be very cool if he could play well, make the cut and start getting his nerves comfortable and him knowing he can do the deal," said Rowley, who added he spoke to Roger this week on the telephone.

Another Straight Down player and former two-time Fall Classic champion Ed Loar is also play in the major. Loar qualified for and missed the cut in the 2012 U.S. Open.

Both Loar and Tambellini will be sporting clothing provided by Straight Down while playing on one of the sport's biggest stages.

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