One step away: East Texan Stetson McMillan close to qualifying for the U.S. Open

One step away: East Texan Stetson McMillan close to qualifying for the U.S. Open

FLINT, TX (KLTV) - Nearly a week ago on May 8th, around 300 fans followed Tony Romo at a U.S. Open local qualifier in Aledo, Texas. The former Cowboys quarterback failed to
finish in the top seven, and therefore no longer has a chance to play in the PGA Tour's major championship in mid-June.

An East Texan did make the cut in Aledo, and is one step away from playing on golf's biggest stage.

Knocking on the doorstep of his first ever PGA tour event, flint resident Stetson McMillan played the round of his life last week in an 18 hole U.S. Open qualifier. McMillan set a personal best with a 29 on the back nine and finished tied for second place among over 100 golfers.

The Lindale High School graduate is now past local qualifying for the first time in three tries and is set to compete in a sectional qualifier on June 5th. Another impressive showing during the 36-hole event and McMillan will punch his ticket to the 117th U.S. Open

On the brink of making it big, the road to this point has been long. The former Stephen F. Austin golfer turned pro about five years ago, but has yet to earn his PGA Tour card. The East Texan, who has been playing golf for only 13 years, also doesn't have a sponsor. That means every tournament McMillan enters, the money comes out of his pocket.

Another problem the McMillan faces is getting to the point where he can test his game against the likes of Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson on the PGA tour. Qualifying school is only once a year, so in the meantime, the 27 year-old has to advance through two mid-week qualifiers in order to play in a professional event.

But by getting past the last step of qualifying for the U.S. Open, McMillan would be on the verge of something special. A solid performance then in the major championship beginning June 15th would potentially change this East Texans life forever.

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