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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Tim Weinhart has labored in the golf industry for29 years. He's done it all from driving the range cart to becoming a partner in a successful golf school. But he's never teed it up in a major, until this week.

Weinhart finished third in a U.S. Open qualifier at the River Club earlier this month, and that earned him an invitation to The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Tiger, Phil, Rory, that's pretty good company for a guy who never got his tour card.

He and his two partners founded Nuclear Golf Schools, and teach at the Standard Club in Johns Creek. The last few days have been filled with lessons and logistics. He had to book his own travel to the west coast.

"The good news is I was already going out there for the national club pro championships, so all I had to pay for was a change fee, so that didn't hurt too badly," Weinhart said.

He's never seen the course, but he wouldn't care if it was a mine field. For at least two rounds, he'll be in rarified air, taking it all in, enjoying the game at its highest level. A nice reward since it's him and others like him who provide the foundation for those who want to learn the sport.

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