MISSOULA, Mont. - A Billings man has been extended an invite to play with the best of the best; Brandon McIver will be competing this week at the US Open in North Carolina.
McIver just finished his sophomore year at the University of Oregon. He finished one stroke away from an automatic berth last week at the sectional qualifier in Eugene, Oregon; McIver was preparing as just an alternate for this week's open.
That was until he received the phone call of a lifetime on Sunday from the United States Golf Association that he would indeed be competing on the course this week at the US Open.
Montanans remember McIver for his dominant prep career at Billings West high school; he won three class 'AA' state titles in high school, including a historic senior season in which McIver went undefeated while setting two course records and never shooting a round higher than 70.
Before McIver takes to the biggest tournament of his young career, he will get three practice rounds at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. He enjoyed the first such round on Monday alongside the company of former PGA Player of the Year Jim Furyk.
"What an incredible day playing my first practice round for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst," posted McIver on his twitter account Monday along with a photo of him teeing off. "The amount of support I have received has been unbelievable! Let's keep this thing going!"
The 20-year-old is set to tee off Thursday morning at 6:46 am (MST).