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Local golfer tries to qualify for US Open

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"I thought it would be pretty cool to qualify and get out there in front of my hometown crowd," said Josh Martin. "I thought it would be pretty cool to qualify and get out there in front of my hometown crowd," said Josh Martin.
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It would have been quite a story – a 17-year-old local boy qualifying for the U.S. Open and playing in his backyard on the vaunted Pinehurst No. 2.

"I thought it would be pretty cool to qualify and get out there in front of my hometown crowd," said Josh Martin.

But wayward driver and a balky putter put an end to those dreams Firday at U.S. Open qualifying in Wallace.

"When it's not your day, it's not your day," Gibson said.

Eight years ago, bad days were few and far between for martin. At the time, he was

the top-ranked 9-year-old golfer in the world. One golf expert called him the greatest 13-and-under player of all time. He won four U.S. Kids World and two Callaway junior world titles.

Martin, a junior at Southern Pines’ Pinecrest High School, said, "I try not to put too much pressure on myself. I definitely want to achieve great things but at the end of the day it's just a game. And maybe

sometimes I'm a little unfair to myself just because of how I've played in the past."

Martin hopes to get back to those glory days and maybe, just maybe, when the Open comes back to Pinehurst again, he'll be a part of it.

"Hopefully I can make a U.S. Open before then to get some experience leading up to the Open in Pinehurst again," he said.

Those who have played against him at an early age would not be surprised to see that happen.

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