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CRESWELL, Ore. -- Former Billings West golf standout Brandon McIver narrowly missed qualifying for the U.S. Open on Monday, placing third at a sectional qualifier at the Emerald Valley Golf Course.

McIver, who recently finished his sophomore season at the University of Oregon, shot 2-under par for the 36-hole event to finish behind Zac Blair (7-under) and Clayton Rask (3-under). The top two qualify for the U.S. Open. McIver will serve as an alternate.

McIver had been in second place ahead of Rask down the stretch, but shot 3-over on the final five holes to slip back a stroke and into third place. Rask finished with back-to-back birdies.

Former Columbus and University of Montana golfer Jasi Acharya qualified for the U.S. Women's Open in May.

McIver advanced to Monday's sectional by shooting a 4-under par 68 at a U.S. Open qualifier last month at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash.

The 114th U.S. Open will be held at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C., on June 12-15.

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