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Charlottesville, VA – Former UVa golfer and VSGA Junior Amateur champion Cameron Yancey of Blackstone, Va., qualified for the 2009 U.S. Open Championship on Monday afternoon in 36-hole sectional qualifying at NCR Country Club in Dayton, Ohio.This year’s U.S. Open is slated for Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. from June 18-21. The USGA announced its groupings today and Yancey will be paired with amateur Clark Klaasen of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Colby Beckstrom of Muskegon, Mich. They will start their first round Thursday at 2:31 p.m., the second-to-last grouping of the day. They start the second round at 9:01 a.m.

Yancey, 30, shot 6-under 136 in the qualifier, recording rounds of 69-67. He recovered from a bogey-par-double bogey start to secure one of four spots in the qualifier. Yancey won the 1995 and 1996 VSGA Junior Am and captured the 1996 VSGA Junior Match title. A four-year member of the golf team at Virginia, Yancey qualified for the PGA TOUR in 2002 and is now playing in select mini-tour events, though he is competing primarily on the Tar Heel Tour.

In the qualifier, Yancey was in the same grouping as two of the other competitors who qualified. Cortland Lowe of Charlotte, N.C., a 2003 Wake Forest University graduate, earned medalist honors, firing 12-under 130 (62-68), while Klaasen shot 8-under 134 (68-66).

Yancey, has advanced through regional qualifying several times but had never come close in sectional qualifying.

Some information courtsey the Virginia State Golf Association

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