Former Santa Clara University star John Lamble of Saratoga heads a strong Northern California continent in qualifying for the $100,000 Nordic Naturals Challenger in Aptos, Calif.
Lamble, seeded sixth, will play wild card Perry Gregg of the United States in the first round today at 10 a.m. at the Seascape Sports Club.
The 16-player qualifying field also includes former University of San Francisco standout Bernardo Saraiva of Portugal, Stanford's Michael Genender and wild cards William Griffith of Cal and Fresno, Roy Lederman of Stanford and Victor Pham of Columbia and Saratoga.
Players must win two matches to advance to the main draw, which begins Monday. Last year, John Millman of Australia became the first No. 1 seed in the 28-year history of the Aptos tournament, the longest-running Challenger in the United States, to win the singles title.
Millman, 27, is one of six men on the Australian Olympic tennis team in Rio de Janeiro. Among the other past champions are world No. 2 Andy Murray (2005) and No. 22 Steve Johnson (2012).
Here are the qualifying draw and today's schedule.