Former Billings West championship golfer Brandon McIver will be golfing at the 114th U.S. Open Championship Thursday through Sunday.
The major tournament will be held at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2) in Pinehurst, N.C. Pinehurst’s No. 2 Course will be contested at 7,562 yards and will play to a par of 35-35--70.
McIver will be grouped with Smylie Kaufman and fellow amateur Maverick McNealy. They will tee off on hole No. 10 at 6:46 a.m. Thursday.
The 20-year-old McIver's route to the U.S. Open came as the first alternate in the sectional qualifier in Creswell, Ore.
According to the University of Oregon athletics website, McIver earned his berth into the tourney after one player from the PGA Tour and European Tour were awarded exemptions to play at the tourney due to the latest world rankings. One week ago, McIver just missed an automatic bid to play at the Open by one stroke at the sectional qualifier. Overall, he placed third at the sectional at Emerald Valley Golf Course.
"I was just ecstatic," McIver told the Ducks' website after he got off the phone with an official from the Unites States Golf Association. "The feeling of disappointment last week and joy of knowing I have the opportunity to compete at the Open. I'm still in awe."
He recently finished his sophomore season at the University of Oregon. McIver's tie for fifth place at the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate this year was the best finish of his college career. At West, McIver won three state AA titles and helped the Bears earn three championships.
The U.S. Open field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers and ties. Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled each day Thursday through Sunday.
The article on www.goducks.com stated that Oregon assistant coach Van Williams, a North Carolina native, will be at the tourney. His good friend from high school, former West standout Jake Hedge, will be his caddie.
Jasi Acharya of Columbus has also qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open Championship June 19-22, also at Pinehurst.