Lewis hopes for Open berth

The U.S. Open hopes of UC Santa Barbara rising junior Scott Lewis just got a little better.

Lewis suffered one of golf’s cruel fates Monday, losing in a 4-for-3 playoff at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Calif. He is now the first alternate.

Robert Karlsson withdrew from the Open on Friday, putting pro Andrew Svoboda into the field. Lewis could get into the Open field Sunday depending on who wins the PGA Tour’s St. Jude Classic this week.

There is a spot in the Open reserved for the winner of the St. Jude Classic, if the St. Jude is his second victory since the ‘08 U.S. Open and he is not already exempt to Bethpage.

Only a handful of players at the St. Jude fit that criteria, but 36-hole leader Brian Gay is one of those players. Lewis will get in the Open if the St. Jude winner does not fit that criteria.

Lewis played four events last year for the Gauchos, finishing 11th at the St. Mary’s Invitational and sixth at the Wyoming Desert Classic.

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