Bethpage longshot Matt Nagy qualifies for U.S. Open in major miracle

 On one hand, Matt Nagy took the most improbable route of anyone to Bethpage for the U.S. Open…

Georgia (Jul 2, 2009) —  On one hand, Matt Nagy took the most improbable route of anyone to Bethpage for the U.S. Open. On the other, he was meant to be here. The 20-year-old from Buena Vista, Ga., (population 7,000) flew to New York Sunday morning and was at the Black Course in Farmingdale, L.I., by afternoon, getting an early start on his preparation for what seems like an impossible dream. Not that he doesn't have the talent. He was the 2006 Georgia Junior Player of the Year and has aspirations of making it on the PGA Tour. But as his mother Debi said, "It's amazing. So many things had to happen and they all happened. He's meant to be here for a reason." Nagy, who just completed his sophomore season at Kennesaw State in Georgia, started his journey at the local qualifier at nearby Pinetree Country Club, home of his instructor, Daryll Speegle.


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