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Former Western New Mexico golf standout Hill qualifies for U.S. Open

Calum Hill, a Scotland native and a former Western New Mexico University golf standout turned assistant coach, qualified for the U.S. Open out of the sectional qualifying at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, New Jersey on Monday.

Hill shot 7-under-par 135, to tie for first and grab one of the five qualifying spots to play in the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y., June 14-17.

Hill grabbed the second and final spot out of local qualifying after shooting 4-under 68 at the New Mexico State Golf Course on May 14.

Hill collected six birdies in his final round at Canoe Brook, including on the final par-5 18th hole to get in.

He is the all-time scoring leader for WNMU, closing out a brilliant four-year career with a 73.13 over 141 rounds (also a school record). A two-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year, the 23-year-old graduated with his Accounting degree in May 2016 with a 3.94 grade-point average and was named to the Golf Coaches Association of America All-American team in 2016.

“Calum was the total package as a student-athlete,” Western New Mexico coach Kent Beatty said on the university’s website. “He was a great player, a great student and everyone loves him. He has a unique ability to simplify the game which is exactly what we need to be able to pass onto our younger players. He is a great asset to our golf team as a coach just as he was as a player.”

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