Temple’s Brandon Matthews is a U.S. Open alternate

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Brandon Matthews couldn't believe the feeling. The Temple star holed out a 15-yard flop shot for par on the final hole of Monday's U.S. Open sectional qualifier and thought he had won the big prize. "At that point, I absolutely thought I was in the U.S. Open," said the 18-year-old Matthews, who will be a sophomore in September. But one contestant had a chance to catch Matthews and he did. Matthews settled for first alternate. He said he will be able to hit practice balls and chip and putt at Merion while hopefully getting the call to replace a starter.