NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma’s Anthony Kim was eliminated from the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Lebanon, Ohio, in Friday afternoon’s semifinal match.
Kim lost after 20 holes and two weather delays to the University of North Carolina’s Martin Ureta (Chile).
In an all-day nail biter, the La Quinta, Calif., native fought back from Ureta’s 2-up lead on 12 to even the score with a birdie on the par-5 17th before the first weather delay halted play for 29 minutes.
Play was suspended again two holes later after both golfers managed par on 18 and 1. One hour, 26 minutes afterward, the contest continued at sudden death.
Kim carded par and Ureta birdied the 450-yard, par-4 second hole to take victory and move on to Saturday’s 36-hole championship match. He will face either BYU’s Clay Odgen, who ousted 15-year-old phenom Michelle Wie, 5-and-4, in the quarterfinals, or Wisconsin’s Garrett Jones.
The result, while disappointing, was Kim’s best result in a USGA amateur championship. In six previous attempts, the two-time All-American had never advanced beyond the second round.
Kim, the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, was the tournament’s stroke-play medalist. He fired a 65 in the second round to score a 5-under 136, winning the segment by two strokes over defending stroke-play medalist Danny Green, Rodney Hamblin Jr. and Sihwan Kim.
The junior-to-be won’t have long to wait before his next challenge. Kim is entered in the 47th annual Porter Cup (July 19-23), another of the United States’ most prestigious amateur tournaments.
Full results of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship are available at www.usapl.org.