June 6, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Former Kansas State golfer Aaron Watkins became the first Wildcat since 1987 to earn a spot in the U.S. Open as he tied for second place in sectional qualifying Tuesday at the Germantown Country Club.
Playing in a grueling one-day, 36-hole marathon due to rain on day one, Watkins fired a first-round score of 68 and followed that up with a 66 in round two to move on to one of the most prestigious events in professional golf.
Watkins will be the first former K-State golfer to play in the U.S. Open since legendary Wildcat Jim Colbert last did so in 1987. Colbert earned his way into the championship a total of 16 times with his best finish (T-3rd) coming in 1967, just two years after graduating from K-State.
A 2004 graduate of K-State, Watkins is one of 156 golfers to advance to the 2012 U.S. Open with approximately half of those coming from sectional qualifying.
The 112th U.S. Open will get underway from The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif., on June 11, with championship round action commencing on June 17. Information about the U.S. Open, including a national television viewing schedule, is available at usopen.com.