U.S. Public Links Championship Qualifying
Roddy Ranch GC
June 13, 2013
ANTIOCH – There was no outright winner at U.S. Amateur Public Links Qualifying at Roddy Ranch GC on Thursday, but there didn’t need to be. With only two spots up for grabs the two players tied atop the leaderboard, Nick Moore and Josh Stone, secured spots for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship next month.
Both players finished the day with a 36-hole score of 138, six-under par, two shots better than their nearest competition. Moore of Seaside, the first to post a six-under total as the third group out of the afternoon, fired rounds of 67 and 71. His morning round of five-under-par 67 included six birdies on the day and one bogey, while in the afternoon, the current NCGA Public Links Championship put together a one-under-par 71 with four birdies and three bogeys.
Stone, who finished about an hour later, followed his morning round of four-under-par 68 with a two-under-par 70. In his morning round, Stone had three bogeys and seven birdies, including a stretch where he made five birdies over seven holes. For his afternoon round the Stockton resident’s most interesting stretch was from the third to sixth hole where he went, birdie, double-bogey, eagle and birdie to get to two-under-par for the round and six-under-par total. His final 12 holes Stone would make a birdie, 10 pars and a bogey.
First and second alternate spots went to Bryson DeChambeau and Daniel Butcher, respectively. Both players tied for third place at four-under-par 140, with DeChambeau firing rounds of 69 and 71, while Butcher did the same in opposite fashion firing a 71 then a 69. After the first hole of a sudden-death playoff DeChambeau earned the first alternate spot.
Moore and Stone will advance to the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, July 15-20, at Laurel Hill GC in Lorton, Va.