Andy Zhang, 14, enjoying the spotlight

Andy Zhang of China hits a shot during

Andy Zhang of China hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club. (June 12, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Mark Herrmann

Newsday columnist Mark Herrmann Mark Herrmann

Herrmann has covered the Mets and Yankees since 1988,

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SAN FRANCISCO

If nothing else, this will make one heck of a composition if the assignment is, "What I Did on My Eighth-Grade Summer Vacation." Andy Zhang, 14, will play in a U.S. Open before he ever takes one of his online classes as a freshman.

It is lucky for him that, when the U.S. Golf Association called him Monday evening and told him he had been promoted from alternate because...

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