Local players qualify for U.S. Open

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Josh Teater had one of his worst weekends on the PGA Tour this season, when he struggled to finish with a 6-over par finish at The Memorial in Columbus, Ohio.

But Teater was back out on Monday, grinding out 36 holes of golf at two other Columbus courses to secure a spot in next week's U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, near Philadelphia.

Teater tied for second at the sectional qualifying event, which means he'll play in the first major event in his career.

The former Henry Clay and Morehead State golfer currently is having his best season on the Tour. He's made the cut in 13 of 16 events, finishing a career-best second at the Farmers Insurance Open. Teater has pocketed $1.22 million at the midway point of the season.

Also qualifying for Merion is Shelbyville native Brandon Brown, who played at EKU.

Brown was one of two to qualify from the Springfield, Ohio sectional. Brown fired a round of 5-under to grab the second qualifying spot.

In May, Brown won the Cherry Blossom Classic in Georgetown, part of the NGA Tour. Brown made his PGA Tour debut at the Reno-Tahoe Open last year.

UK sophomore Will Bishop is an alternate at next week's U.S. Open. Bishop won a three-way playoff with four-time PGA Tour winner Ben Crane and Jack Newman on Monday at the Memphis qualifying.

If any of the top-9 qualifiers or first alternate Scott Stallings were to back out, Bishop would be allowed to participate in the practice rounds June 10-12 at Merion.

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