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Annapolis golfer Hurley qualifies for U.S. Open

When Billy Hurley III lined up a seven-foot putt on the 18th green at Woodmont Country Club on June 3, he had no idea just how important that stroke would be.

“I don’t see much to it,” caddie Clay Duerson told his boss.

Hurley agreed and did not give away the hole, sinking the birdie putt to complete an afternoon round of 71 on the North Course of the venerable country club in Rockville, which was founded more than 100 years ago.

That score was necessary for Hurley to tie for first place in the sectional qualifier for the U.