Golf: Rask, former Elk, qualifies for U.S. Open

Former Elk River golfer Clayton Rask has qualified for U.S. Open.

Rask shot a 3-under-par 69-72-141 Monday in a qualifier at Emerald Valley Golf Course in Creswell, Oregon, to grab the second of two U.S. Open slots available.

Clayton Rask

Clayton Rask

A former Gopher star, and veteran of several years on minor league tours, Rask will play in his first U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C., June 12-15.

Rask, 29, whose home town is Otsego, currently plays the Canadian Tour. He finished the Tour’s first tournament Sunday, then drove through the night from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Creswell.

He played in the sectional qualifier without seeing the golf course beforehand, according to James Achenbach, a blogger for golfweek.com.

In this article, Rask was quoted that entered the sectional “Blind as a bat,” adding, “Maybe I should do the same thing at Pinehurst (site of the U.S. Open). Well, maybe not.”

Rask birdied two of his final three holes to finish 3 under and edge Brandon McIver, a University of Oregon sophomore, for the second and last qualifying spot.

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