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Former Spartan Makes Cut For U.S. Open Championship. John Koskinen makes second appearance at golf’s premier event.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Former Michigan State Spartan John Koskinen has qualified for the U.S. Open Championship for the second consecutive year. He finished among the top-24 golfers at sectional qualifying at the par-71 Ohio State University Scarlet Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio, on June 4 after firing rounds of 70-72--142. 


Last year he finished in a tie for 98th place after turning in a 13-over-par 153 (79-74) at the 2006 Open, missing the cut for the two championship rounds.    


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Koskinen, a three-year letterwinner from 2001-03, is 13th in the MSU record books with a career stroke average of 75.67. He had the lowest stroke average on the team in 2001 with a 74.19 and was named the team's most improved player. He earned All-Big Ten honors in 2002. Koskinen shined off the course as well - he was a four-time winner of the Tom Anderson Award, awarded to the top student-athlete on the men's golf team, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a two-time NGCA Scholar-Athlete recipient. 


Koskinen will be one of 156 golfers to participate in the four-day U.S. Open from June 14-17 at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. He will tee off at 9:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 14 and at 2:31 p.m. on Friday, with hopes of being in the top 60 to compete in the final two days of competition.