Kozan takes next step towards first U.S. Open

King's Academy senior Andrew Kozan lines up a putt on the ninth hole at the Wanderer's Club

Anyone can qualify for the U.S. Open - that's why they call it "an open".

But Andrew Kozan isn't just anyone - the King's Academy senior is headed to Auburn next year and all ready has some major golf tournament wins on his resume.

But he's looking for something bigger - an appearance in our nation's championship.

Preliminary qualifying at the Wanderer's club in Wellington, and Kozan, a former CBS12 Athlete of the Week started on the back 9 and he had everything going for him.

Kozan has all ready played in a PGA Tour event - the Puerto Rico Open - and now he's headed to sectional qualifying after firing a five under 67.

He barely missed out of making it to the Open last year, and he learned some lessons from that performance, most importantly, that he doesn't have to play outside himself to go incredibly low to qualify.

The only golfer with a better day in Wellington was former PGA Tour player Steve Lebrun, who shot a 66.