NORMAN, Okla. University of Oklahoma freshman Jesse Schutte defeated defending champion Clay Ogden, and all three remaining Sooners advanced to the round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Bremerton, Wash., Wednesday.
Schutte, a Sooner signee from Florence, Ore., beat Ogden 2 and 1. Ogden, from West Point, Utah, won the 2005 Publinx at Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio.
In what was a close match throughout, Schutte and Ogden were all square through 10 holes when Ogden bogeyed the par-5 11th to give Schutte a one- hole advantage. Schutte then won the par-3 12th when he made a 15-foot birdie putt and Ogden could not convert his birdie try from 20 feet. Ogden did get one back with a conceded birdie at the 13th, but Schutte regained a 2-up edge with a birdie at the 14th.
“Whenever I hit a good shot, he would respond,” Schutte said. “It was a great match all day, back and forth.”
After the two traded pars at the 15th hole, both birdied the par-5 16th when Schutte converted a 30-foot putt and Ogden matched from 8 feet. On the par-4 17th, Ogden hit his approach shot to within 10 feet, but Schutte sank his 15-foot birdie putt to earn the victory.
“He made the putts when it came down the stretch,” said Ogden. “I felt like I made a really good putt on 16 to keep it going, and I hit a great drive and great approach on 17, but he didn’t give me a chance.”
Schutte, playing in his first USGA championship, wasn’t intimidated playing against the defending champion.
“I was stoked,” Schutte said. “I was well prepared and came in wanting to start out the week with an upset.”
The two other Sooner golfers in the field also advanced to Thursday’s second round.
Anthony Kim, a semifinalist at last year’s APL, defeated Brazil’s Lucas Lee 2 and 1. The match was all square until Kim birdied the par-5 14th hole. A costly bogey by Lee at the 16th put Kim 2-up with two holes to play. Both players parred the par-4 17th, giving Kim the victory.
Brodie Flanders, a senior on OU’s 2006 Big 12 championship squad and the conference runner-up, also advanced to the second round of matches with a 1- up win over Jesse Massie of Louisville, Ky. The Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, native battled back from a 2-hole deficit with four to play, squaring the match with a par at the 17th hole. Neither player was able to break through until Flanders birdied the second extra hole to take the win.
Kim will take on Rory Hie of Los Angeles in a second-round match beginning Thursday at 10:15 a.m. CST. Flanders squares off against Matt Harmon of Grand Rapids, Mich., at 10:42, and Schutte will play Kapaa, Hawaii, native Casey Watabu at 11:27 a.m.
Fans can follow live scoring of the matches at the Public Links official site, USAPL.org.