June 3, 2014
DENTON – Former North Texas golfer Anthony Broussard knocked in a three-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to earn a coveted spot into the 114th U.S. Open Championship.
Broussard, a Mean Green golfer from 2005-08, earned his spot in the U.S. Open after shooting a 5-under par 139 at the 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifying tournament at Lakeside Country Club in Houston.
“This is awesome,” Broussard told David Shefter of USGA. “I’ve played really well this year.”
Broussard needed two birdies on his final two holes to get into a playoff with William Kropp. On the second playoff hole, Broussard hit his second shot on the par-4 17th hole to three feet from the hole. After Kropp missed his birdie putt, Broussard calmly sank the three-footer for birdie and a ticket to Pinehurst No. 2 next week with the world’s best golfers.
Broussard is the first North Texas golfer to play in the U.S. Open Championship since Cole Howard played at Olympic Club in 2012. Carlos Ortiz withdrew from his sectional qualifying tournament in Columbus, Ohio and will concentrate on his upcoming Web.com Tour even this week in Cleveland.
The U.S. Open will be played in North Carolina at Pinehurst No. 2 on June 12-15.