NORMAN, Okla. Sophomore Anthony Kim begins his U.S. Northeast Amateur Title defense Thursday, June 23, at the Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I.
Last year, Kim defeated UCLA’s Roy Moon after a five-hole playoff. This year, he returns to challenge Moon again, as well as 78 others, on the par-69, 6,661-yard course over the next four days.
Kim, however, won’t be the lone Sooner in the field as former OU golfer Tripp Davis also accepted an invitation to play in the 44th edition of the prestigious tournament. Davis tied for 20th in 2004, seven strokes behind Kim and Moon’s regulation score of 273.
If Kim were to capture his second consecutive crown, he would be the first to become champion twice in the tournament’s history. Tee times begin at 8 a.m.
Three Headed for U.S. Public Amateur
Justin Fraley won a U.S. Public Amateur Links qualifier at Coyote Ridge Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas, on June 21 to become the third Sooner in the past week to qualify for upcoming tournament.
Fraley shot a 137 over two rounds to best Justin C. Smith by one stroke and earn an automatic qualifying spot into the U.S. Public Amateur Links to be held July 11-16 at Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio.
The Rowlett, Texas, native joins teammates Kim and Nick Sheedy, who both placed second in their respective qualifiers. Kim shot a 136 at Gardner Municipal Golf Course in Boston, Mass., and Sheedy carded a 145 at the Gateway National Golf Links in St. Louis, Mo., to punch their tickets to Ohio.
Since its inception in 1922, the U.S. Amateur Public Links has given exposure to many public-course players who otherwise might not have an opportunity to compete in a national championship. The competition is open to any legitimate public-course player whose United States Golf Association (USGA) Handicap Index does not exceed 8.4. The Amateur Public Links is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.