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By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The town of Wellesley has accomplished a whole heck of a lot athletically in recent years. With team sports dominating the headlines - such as the Wellesley girls lacrosse and hockey teams winning state titles and a state championship in tennis, along with boys lacrosse, hockey and baseball all making deep playoff runs.
This week, a new type of athletic accomplishment for the town of Wellesley will arise as native Michael Thorbjornsen will be competing in the US Open at Pebble Beach.
Thorbjornsen, who has been playing golf and attending school at IMG Academy in Florida the last two years, will be moving back to Wellesley to graduate from Wellesley High School in 2020 and is committed to play golf at Stanford. Thorbjorsen qualified for the US Open by winning the United States Amateur Championship last summer in New Jersey, overcoming a three-shot deficit after 18 holes.
The 17-year-old Wellesley native has been out at Pebble Beach for practice rounds all week, and tees off at 4:03 p.m. for the first 18 holes of the 2019 US Open in a grouping with Chez Reavie and David Toms.
The 119th US Open will feature the likes of 2019 PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka and legend Tiger Woods, who is coming off of his first major title since 2008 after winning the Masters back in April. Woods also happens to be one of Thorbjornsen’s idols and also attended Stanford.
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