WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) – Twenty-year-old Alex Smalley of Wake Forest say he watched the U.S. Open while growing up.
He dreamed that one day he’d have a chance to play in the event.
Next week, he’ll get that shot.
The Duke golfer tied for medalist honors in sectional qualifying – punching his ticket to Erin Hills, Wisconsin.
“I’m still not sure I believe it,” said Smalley. “It’s pretty cool, not a whole lot of people get to play in it.”
He’s right: Close to 10,000 tried to make the cut and only 156 will tee it up beginning next Thursday.