Golfer Kunz advances at U.S. Public Links Championship

GALLOWAY, N.J. - Binghamton golfer Joe Kunz (Webster, N.Y.) has advanced to match play at the 78th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Kunz, heading into his senior season at BU, carded rounds of 73-75=148 at the 7,127-yard, par-71 Blue Heron Pines Golf Club Monday and Tuesday. He finished tied for 34th out of 156 golfers after the opening 36 holes of competition. Kunz now will square off against Kevin Messer of Texas, who placed 29th after shooting 147. That match begins at 8:51 Wednesday morning.

The top 64 individuals advanced to match play, which begins Wednesday morning. On Thursday, the remaining 32 golfers will be paired down to eight after two match-play rounds. The quarterfinals are on Friday, semifinals on Saturday, and the 36-hole championship will be contested on Sunday. Historically, the Publinks champion receives an invitation to compete in the next Masters Tournament.

Kunz, who qualified for the tournament at one of the 70 sectional sites last month, collected four birdies during his opening-round 73, and added two more in Tuesday's round of 75.

Also advancing was 2003 graduate Adam Fuchs (Plainview, N.Y.), who shot 72-76=148 to tie Kunz for 34th place. Fuchs, a 2001 Publinks semifinalist, received an exemption into this year's championship. The former BU captain and all-region performer registered three birdies in his 1-over 72 to open the tournament. He added two birdies in Tuesday's round of 76. Fuchs will face Jeffrey Castle of New Hampshire, who came in at 147. That match opens at 11:15 a.m.

Kunz, the 2003 America East Champion, held a scoring average of 76.3 for the Bearcats this year. The former NJCAA national champion for Monroe CC, Kunz earned a team-high three medalist honors and seven top-10 finishes during the 2002-03 season, helping Binghamton advance to the NCAA Division I East Regional.

Fuchs completed his stellar four-year career at Binghamton this spring, where he led the team with a 74.9 scoring average. He posted nine top-10 finishes in 14 tournaments, and was the 2002 ECAC medalist.

The USGA accepted more than 5,000 entries for the championship, with the field trimmed to its initial 156 through sectional qualifying.

2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship Results


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