NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma's Anthony Kim dominated his third round match at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Thursday afternoon, advancing to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.
At Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash., Kim went 1-up on Brad Marek on the first hole and never looked back, cruising to a 5 and 4 victory over the Arlington Heights, Ill., native. Kim carded six birdies, six pars and a lone bogey, going 4-up with a birdie at the par-4 ninth and closing out the match with back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14.
Kim will face Matt Harmon of Grand Rapids, Mich., a 3 and 2 winner over Kane Hanson (Detroit Lakes, Mich.), in the quarterfinals. Harmon ousted Kim's OU teammate Brodie Flanders in the second round. The match will tee off at 9:40 a.m. CST on Friday. Should Kim move on to the semifinals, that match would begin at 2:30 p.m. CST Friday.
In his third round match, Kim, a semifinalist at last year’s APL, defeated Rory Hie of Los Angeles 1-up in a hotly contested match that lasted 19 holes.
Two holes down with four to play, Kim rallied back with a birdie at the par-4 15th and squared the match when Hie bogeyed the par-3 16th. Neither player could separate himself until Hie bogeyed the first extra hole. Kim parred the 460-yard first hole to earn the victory.
The two other OU golfers in the Publinx field were eliminated in Thursday's second round.
Brodie Flanders, a senior the Sooners’ 2006 Big 12 Championship team and the conference runner-up, fell to Matt Harmon 1-up. The match was back and forth for most of the day until Harmon went 3-up with a birdie at the par-4 13th hole. Flanders birdied the 14th to cut into the lead and Harmon stumbled on the next two holes, allowing Flanders to square the match with a par at 17. The Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, native parred the par-4 18th, but Harmon holed his birdie putt to take the win.
Sooner signee Jesse Schutte, who defeated defending APL champion Clay Ogden in round one, never led in his match with Kapaa, Hawaii, native Casey Watabu, falling 3 and 2. Watabu took a three-hole advantage at the par-3 12th. Schutte parred the next hole and Watabu bogeyed, cutting the lead to two. But Watabu birdied the par-5 14th to take a 3-up lead once again and Schutte couldn’t take advantage of the Hawaiian’s bogey at 16, ending the match.
Fans can follow live scoring of Kim’s quarterfinal match at the official U.S. Amateur Public Links site, www.USAPL.org A>.