ATHENS — Former area golf standout Lee McCoy earned a spot in the U.S. Open on Monday during sectional qualifying tournaments.
McCoy, a Habersham Central graduate who just completed his junior season at the University of Georgia, finished second at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground. He carded a 13-under 131 to snare one of the sectional’s three spots.
The U.S. Open will be held June 18-21 at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash.
McCoy was The Times' All-Area Boys Golfer of the Year in 2012 and claimed Georgia Player of the Year honors.
Spencer Ralston, a rising senior at Gainesville High, shot a 141 on Monday at Hawks Ridge but did not qualify for the U.S. Open. Ralston is committed to play golf at Georgia as well.
At Germantown and Ridgeway Country Clubs in Memphis, Tenn., former Georgia Bulldog and current PGA Tour standout Brian Harman came in sixth at 7-under 135. The top 10 players in Memphis were awarded berths.
Georgia already had five representatives in the U.S. Open based on their PGA Tour accomplishments and the World Golf Rankings – Erik Compton, Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Brendon Todd and Bubba Watson.
Several others Bulldogs attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open on Monday but were unable to advance – former Bulldogs Ryuji Imada, Michael Parrott, Joey Garber, Harris English and Bryden Macpherson and signee David Mackey.