Men's Golf

    Pike Through Round One at U.S. Am Public Links

    Go Hoosiers! Rising freshman Brandon Pike is eyeing a trip to match play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Rising freshman Brandon Pike is eyeing a trip to match play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
    Go Hoosiers!

    July 11, 2006

    BREMERTON, Wash. - Rising men's golf freshman Brandon Pike fired a 2-over 74 and finished the opening round in a tie for 39th at the 81st U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship on July 10 at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. Mitch Cohlmia of Tulsa, Okla., paced the field after opening with a 5-under 67.

    Entering the second and final round of stroke play on Tuesday, July 11, Pike is in position to advance to match play. The top 64 players move on and are seeded for five rounds of match play. Below is a look at what the winner of the event earns:

    *A gold medal and custody of the James D. Standish Jr. Cup for one year.
    *A 10-year exemption from sectional qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
    *An exemption from local qualifying for the next three U.S. Open Championships.
    *An exemption from sectional qualifying for the 2006 U.S. Amateur.
    *An exemption from sectional qualifying for the 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur, if otherwise eligible.
    *An invitation to compete in the next Masters Tournament, if still an amateur.

    Pike qualified for the event at on June 23-24 at the Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind. The Huntington, Ind., native is one of 144 sectional qualifiers in the field of 156 (12 earned sectional byes). The USGA held sectional qualifying with 4,739 entrants at 35 sites across the country in mid-June.

    Pike tees off at 1:50 p.m. PT (4:50 p.m. ET) on Tuesday afternoon with playing partners Martin Ureta of Chile and Billy Thompson of Great Falls, Mont.

    Click here for live scoring of Pike's second round.

     

     


       

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