Men's Golf

    Pike Advances to U.S. Am Public Links Match Play

    Go Hoosiers! Brandon Pike will take on fifth-seeded John Cassidy in the opening round of match play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Brandon Pike will take on fifth-seeded John Cassidy in the opening round of match play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
    Go Hoosiers!

    July 12, 2006

    BREMERTON, Wash. - Rising men's golf freshman Brandon Pike advanced to match play at the 81st U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship on July 11 at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. Pike posted a second-round 76 to claim one of the final slots in the match play portion of the event.

    After carding a 2-over-par 74 in the opening round on July 10, Pike claimed his 76 for a two-day 150 total, which placed him in a tie for 57th place. The top 64 players in the field advanced to match play.

    Pike will take on fifth-seeded John Cassidy of Yelm, Wash., on Wednesday, July 12, at 9:48 a.m. PT (12:48 ET). Cassidy finished stroke play in fifth place with a 4-under 140 following back-to-back rounds of 70.

    Mitch Cohlmia (67-70) of Tulsa, Okla., and Justin Metzger (69-68) of Knoxville, Tenn., shared medalist honors at 7-under 137.

    Below is a look at what the match play winner 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.

    Click here for live scoring of Pike's opening match against Cassidy.

     

     

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