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LITTLETON, Colo. — Billings golfer Jim Bob Coleman shot a 5-over par 149 for 36 holes Monday and failed in his bid to qualify for the U.S. Open.

The 32-year-old Coleman, who is the men's golf coach at Montana State-Billings, shot rounds of 74-75 at the sectional qualifier held on the par-72, 7,503-yard Columbine Country Club course. He finished tied for 18th in the 25-golfer field with Jason Allen of North Las Vegas, Nev.

Dustin White of Pueblo West, Colo., carded a 9-under 135 to gain the one spot to the U.S. Open, which will be played June 15-18 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. He shot rounds of 67 and 68.

White finished two strokes ahead of Bret Guetz of Scottsdale, Ariz., who earned the first alternate position at 137 (67-70). Earning the second alternate spot was James Love of Calgary, Alberta, at 139 (71-68).

White is a player on the Gateway Tour in Phoenix, Ariz., where he has a win to his credit and is second on the money list. This will be his first U.S. Open.

This was Coleman's third trip to the sectional-qualifying stage. He was the lone Montanan in the field that included golfers from Colorado, Arizona, Alberta, South Dakota, Utah, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Kansas.

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