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Former Central golf standout Haley Wilson qualifies for U.S. Open

OSPREY, Fla. -- Former Central-Phenix City and Auburn golfer Haley Wilson shot a 4-over 148 on Tuesday to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open.

Wilson finished third in the 36-hole qualifying event at the Oaks Club (Eagle Course), which is located near Sarasota. There were a total of three berths from this qualifier available.

The women's open will be played July 5-8 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis.

"I am pretty excited," Wilson said. "I played pretty well for the two rounds. I am anxious to see what is next for me as I start my professional career. I will be raising money to try and go out there (to the Open) and will play in some Monday qualifiers."

Wilson shot a 72 for her first 18 holes Tuesday. She had a 76 in the second round.

"I played pretty solid for both 18s," she said. "The second round, the wind was crazy. It was really swirling. I didn't hit the ball as solid."

Wilson just finished her career at Auburn. She had three top-20 finishes during her senior campaign, including a tie for seventh at the UCF Challenge. She helped the Tigers win the SEC championship.

Wilson also had three top-20 finishes in her junior and freshman seasons. For 2009, Wilson earned All-SEC second-team honors and All-Freshman team honors.

Wilson graduated from Central early, skipping her final semester and joining Auburn in January 2009. She was a two-time Alabama High School Athletic Association state champion and helped lead the Red Devils to a state team title in 2008.

Wilson has played in three United States Golf Association events before: the 2007 and '08 U.S. Girls Junior and the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur.

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