Ogden Ureta to Meet in Publinx Final

By Associated PressJuly 15, 2005, 4:00 pm
LEBANON, Ohio -- Clay Ogden knocked off Michelle Wie on Friday morning, then downed Garrett Jones, 2 and 1, in the semifinals to move into the final at the U.S. Men's Amateur Public Links championship.
 
Ogden birdied four of his first five holes against Wie and never looked back. He cruised to a 5 and 4 win over the 15-year-old Hawaiian.
 
Wie, the first female to qualify for a USGA men's championship, won two matches on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals, but faltered on Friday morning.
 
A birdie at the par-5 first hole at Shaker Run Golf Club gave Ogden the lead against Wie and he never relinquished it. He followed with another birdie at the second and added birdies at the fourth and fifth to grab a commanding 4-up lead. A bogey by Wie at the ninth left Ogden 5-up with just nine holes to play.
 
Wie finally won a hole when Ogden bogeyed the 10th, but the momentum shift ended there when Ogden responded with a birdie at the par-3 11th to regain a 5-up lead.
 
'Obviously I am very disappointed, but it is not the end of the world,' said Wie.'I obviously think I could have gone farther, but I can't do anything about it right now. I am glad that I got this far.'
 
In his second match, Ogden fell into an early hole losing the second to Jones. However, Ogden won the fourth and fifth to grab a 1-up lead. Jones fought back to win the sixth and eighth to regain his 1-up lead.
 
Jones stumbled to a bogey on the 11th to square the match. He bogeyed the next par-3, No. 14, as well, to fall 1-down.
 
Ogden, a junior at Brigham Young University, bogeyed the 15th to square the match, but things quickly turned in his favor. He won the 16th with a par, then birdied the 17th to close out a 2 and 1 win.
 
'It was a goal at the start of the week to win the championship and I got lucky enough to hang around,' said Ogden, who lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Ryan Moore last year. 'This morning was probably one of the funnest days I have ever had on the golf course. It was a little different in the afternoon, but you still have to go along and try to play golf.'
 
He moves on to face Martin Ureta, who needed 20 holes to beat stroke-play medalist Anthony Kim in their semifinal match. Ureta and Ogden will square off in the 36-hole final on Saturday, starting at 7:30 a.m. with the second 18 beginning at 12:15 p.m.
 
Ureta, a 4 and 2 winner in Friday's quarterfinals, never lead on the opening nine against Kim, but never trailed once the duo made the turn. Kim won the first.
 
Ureta squared the match on the sixth. They traded wins over the next two holes and the match moved to the back nine all square. Ureta birdied the 10th and 12th to move 2-up.
 
Kim won 13 as Ureta tripped to a bogey. Kim then squared the match on 17 with a birdie. After a weather delay, Ureta birdied the 20th hole for the 1-up victory.
 
'During lunch, I told my caddie I have to step it up in the afternoon because I knew I was playing a great player,' said Ureta. 'Both of us didn't putt very well and we missed a bunch of chances, but it was a good match.'
 
The finalists are exempt into the 2005 U.S. Amateur to be played August 22-28 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The winner gets a 10-year APL exemption along with the likely invitation to the 2006 Masters. That berth is up to the discretion of Augusta National Golf Club, which has invited every APL winner since 1989.
 
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    Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

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    "We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


    Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout


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    Offseason = No dress code fines #croptopdroptop

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