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Kane Hanson battling for spot in U.S. Open

Kane Hanson is standing at the doorstep of a berth in one of professional golf's most prestigious tournaments.

A Fargo South High School graduate and resident of Detroit Lakes, Hanson will battle Wisconsin golfer Jonathan Turcott in a playoff Tuesday for the final sectional qualifying spot in the U.S. Open at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.

"Now I've got a 50-50 shot," said Hanson, who missed a playoff for a qualifying spot in last year's U.S. Open by one stroke. "I can't complain about that."

Hanson shot a first-round 70 and a second-round 71 on Monday to earn a playoff berth with four other golfers.

Hanson, a regular on the Gateway Tour this season, was 3 over par through four holes of the second round before coming back to force his way into the playoff.

Three golfers were eliminated through six playoff holes on Monday to cut the field to Hanson and Turcott. The playoff was called due to darkness.

The golfers will tee off at 7:30 a.m. today, and alternate on Nos. 1 and No. 2 until a winner emerges.

South graduate Ben Freeman and Fargo North grad Josh Persons failed to qualify at Conway Farms. Fargo Oak Grove graduate Justin Jenkins failed to qualify at Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, Fla.

"I just kind of had the mindset to play well," Hanson said. "If I get lucky, I'll play for a spot in the U.S. Open. ... Now, it's whoever makes the first mistake."

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