NORMAN, Okla. University of Oklahoma golfer Anthony Kim earned medalist honors for today’s final stroke play round of the 80th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Lebanon, Ohio.
Kim (136, -4), who started the second round tied for 11th, fired a 65 to beat a trio of golfers, including 2004 APL stroke-play medalist Danny Green, and win the stroke-play portion of the championship.
“I just got some putts to fall today,” Kim said. “I just tried to approach the round like every other by playing smart golf. I was more comfortable with the course today and I like my chances for the rest of the week.”
The La Quinta, Calif., native had an inauspicious start, double-bogeying his fourth hole, but made even par on the back nine of the par-70, 6,966-yard Shaker Run Golf Course and swept through the front at 5 under after sinking four birdies to end the round.
Kim and Sooner teammate Justin Fraley (145, +5), as part of the top-64 finishers in the 156-player field, move on to Wednesday’s match-play rounds.
Fraley, who tied for 26th, backed up his first-round 73 with a 2-over 72 on Tuesday to safely earn a spot among the match-play qualifiers.
In the USGA amateur championship elimination format, one round of 18-hole match play will be played Wednesday, followed by two more on Thursday. Quarterfinals and semifinals, both 18-hole match-play rounds, will begin Saturday and the final 36 holes of match play resume Sunday, when a champion will be crowned.
As of 8 p.m. CT, playoffs were still going on to determine who would face Kim in the first round of match play.
Fraley will face Judd Easterling of Dixon, Mo., in his first round. Ironically, should Fraley and Kim both win; they will play each other in the second round.
The winner of the APL wins, among other things, an exemption for the 2006 Masters Tournament, held annually at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
Full results and Wednesday’s pairings can be found at www.usapl.org.