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Five Sooners in Public Links Field
June 30, 2006

NORMAN, Okla.  Five University of Oklahoma golfers have qualified for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship to be held July 10-15 at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. 

Phillip Bryan, Brodie Flanders, Nick Sheedy, Anthony Kim and Jesse Schutte will compete against a field of the nation’s top amateur players for a USGA title and an exemption to the 2007 Masters.

Flanders, the 2006 Big 12 runner-up, won his sectional qualifier at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., on June 19 to earn his spot in the event.  The Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, native fired rounds of 70 and 68 to take a two-shot victory over Tulsa’s Mitch Cohlmia.  63 players competed for the two available spots.

Phillip Bryan, a sophomore from Mustang, Okla., also won his qualifier, recording a two-round total of 151 at Auburn Hills Golf Course in Wichita, Kan.

Sheedy also advanced from a sectional qualifier, finishing in second place at The Falls Golf Club in St. Louis, Mo., with a two-round total of 134.  A native of Burlington, Iowa, Sheedy carded rounds of 65 and 69.

Schutte, an incoming freshman from Florence, Ore., finished second in his qualifier at Rose City Golf Course in Portland.

Kim received an exemption to the event thanks to his status as a U.S. Walker Cup team member.

Kim and Sheedy also qualified for last year’s Publinx Championship, as did senior Justin Fraley.  Kim and Fraley both advanced to match play, with Kim taking medalist honors by winning the stroke play portion of the event. The La Quinta, Calif., native advanced all the way to the match play semifinals.

Begun in 1922, the Publinx Championship is open to any bona fide public-course player whose USGA Handicap Index does not exceed 8.4.  The APL is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

The Jimmie Austin/University of Oklahoma Golf Course will host the event in 2009.

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