Golfer Kunz into round of 32 at U.S. Public Links Championship

GALLOWAY, N.J. - Binghamton golfer Joe Kunz (Webster, N.Y.) rallied from four holes down to defeat Kevin Messer (Missouri City, Texas) in the first round of match play Wednesday at the 78th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Kunz was four down after 10 holes, and trailed 3-down with five holes remaining before storming back. He played the final five holes in 1-under, extending the match to extra holes. On the 19th hole, Kunz parred and Messer bogied, ending the match.

Kunz now advances to Thursday morning's round of 32, where he will face the fourth-seed, Henry Liaw of Rowland Heights, Calif. Liaw shot 140 in the 36-hole stroke play portion of the tournament - eight shots better than Kunz.

After two days of stroke play to open the championship, the top 64 individuals advanced to match play. 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.

Binghamton graduate Adam Fuchs (Plainview, N.Y.), who shot 72-76=148 to tie Kunz for 34th place in stroke play, was defeated in 20 holes in his match.

2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship Results


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