July 13, 2000

PORTLAND, Ore. - Defending champion Hunter Haas fended off a strong challenge from B.J. Staten, 22, of Dallas, Texas, to win 1 up in the first round of match play at the 75th U.S. Amateur Public Links championship at the 6,869-yard, par 72 Great Blue Course at Heron Lakes. Haas, who graduated from OU in May, will play Jered Gusson of Savage, Minnesota on Thursday morning.

The U.S. Amateur Public Links is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

"It was just confidence," said Haas, who never played a match last year that reached the 17th hole. " I got back into the mode of match play. We both played well. I birdied the first two holes and I thought I would get up pretty quick. But, I was back and forth and never more than 1-up. I had an opportunity on No. 6 to go 2-up, but I missed a three-foot putt. I put a few putts in when I had to on the back nine. We pretty much both played par golf."

Play continues Thursday with the second and third rounds of match play. Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds are scheduled for Friday and the 36-hole match-play final will begin at 7:30 a.m. PDT on Saturday.

Results

D J Trahan, Inman, S.C. (142) def. Jerry Strege, Fond Du Lac, Wis. (154), 5 and 4

Martin Maritz, Tulsa, Okla. (150) def. Jay Kurisu, Maui, Hawaii (150), 6 and 4

Adrian Quintela, El Paso, Texas (152) def. Kris Mikkelsen, Woodstock, Ga. (147), 4 and 3

Andy Roberts, Owensboro, Ky. (147) def. Jason Hause, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (152), 2 and 1

Erik Compton, Miami, Fla. (144) def. Yong Joo, Chantilly, Va. (153), 2 up

Tim Donovan, Cincinnati, Ohio (151) def. Matt Call, Boulder, Colo. (149), 20 holes

Hunter Haas, Fort Worth, Texas (144) def. B J Staten, Dallas, Texas (153), 1 up

Jered Gusso, Savage, Minn. (51) def. Stan Rawl, Gainesville, Ga. (148), 4 and 3

Kyle Thompson, Columbia, S.C. (143) def. Phil Miceli, Wakefield, Mass. (153), 3 and 1

Andrew Sanders, Merritt Island, Fla. (150) def. Alex Kuyumjian, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (150), 4 and 3

Russell Bloom, El Cajon, Calif. (152) def. Gary A Robinson, Jackson, Mich. (146), 1 up

Gilbert Rodriquez, San Diego, Calif. (148) def. Joel Rechlicz, Madison, Wis. (151), 1 up

Chris Morris, Tyler, Texas (144) def. Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. (153), 1 up

Kevin Zuelch, Key West, Fla. (150) def. Jin Park, Fullerton, Calif. (150), 4 and 3

J J Wall, San Antonio, Texas (146) def. Travis Matye, Palmdale, Calif. (152), 1 up

Billy Harvey, Las Vegas, Nev. (148) def. Anura Rohana, Sri Lanka (151), 5 and 3

Michael Kirk, So Africa (143) def. Edward Parnell, Altamonte Springs, Fla. (153), 5 and 3

Chris Rousseau, Agawam, Mass. (150) def. Mike Lewis, Waterloo, Iowa (150), 5 and 4

John Wine, College Station, Texas (152) def. Courtney Faircloth, New Bern, N.C. (147), 4 and 3

Tom Johnson, Fair Oaks, Calif. (147) def. Scott Weaver, Madison, Ala. (152), 2 and 1

Brian Hughes, Portland, Ore. (153) def. Nick Cassini, Athens, Ga. (144), 2 and 1

Anton Salome, Socorro, N.M. (149) def. Chris Davis, Sour Lake, Texas (151), 3 and 2

Craig Lile, So Africa (146) def. Ben Portie, Westminster, Colo. (152), 3 and 2

Hunter Mahan, McKinny, Texas (151) def. Frank Babusik, West Palm Beach, Fla. (148), 2 and 1

James Stewart, Scotland (143) def. Joseph Horowitz, Long Beach, N.Y. (153), 6 and 5

Ben Dickerson, Hilliard, Fla. (150) def. Eddie Kavran, Dillon, Mont. (150), 3 and 2

Ryan King, Fresno, Calif. (152) def. Mark Farrell, Westport, Conn. (146), 2 and 1

William Link IV, Acton, Mass. (152) def. Brett Foulds, Escondido, Calif. (148), 2 up

Ryan Hybl, Colbert, Ga. (153) def. Todd Eckenrode, Corona Del Mar, Calif. (144), 5 and 4

Richard Jarrett, St Louis, Mo. (150) def. Billy Williamson, Cincinnati, Ohio (149), 20 holes

Matt Krauss, Dumfries, Va. (146) def. Neil Kelley, Hampton, N.H. (152), 7 and 6

Jimmy Walker, Cibolo, Texas (151) def. Steve Johnson, Elk River, Minn. (148), 3 and 2