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A Derry man will tee off Thursday in the 115th U.S. Open Championship.

Rich Berberian Jr., the reigning New England PGA Champion, earned a spot in the U.S. Open at a sectional qualifier in Purchase, New York.

Berberian works as a golf instructor at the Windham Country Club.

He’s set to tee off just after noon at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington.

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A New Hampshire golfer has qualified to compete in the US Open Championship.

Rich Berberian Jr., the reigning New England PGA champion, earned one of the four spots awarded at the sectional in Purchase, New York on Monday.

It was one of 10 sectionals held across the country yesterday.

Berberian lives in Derry and works as an instructor at the Golf Academy at the Windham Country Club.

He will compete next week in the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, near Seattle. 

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