Five Share Lead at US Amateur Public Links

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 10, 2001, 4:00 pm
In a field that was once the haven of working men, five students took the lead in the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at the 7,005-yard, par 71 Pecan Valley Golf Club course.
Nick Cassini, 22, Athens, Ga., Matt Cohn, 20, La Jolla, Calif., Kyle Willmann, 21, Edmond, Okla., Tom Johnson, 19, Fair Oaks, Calif., and James Vargas, 17, Miami, Fla., were at one-under-par 70. Cassini is a student at the University of Georgia, Cohn at the University of Oklahoma, Willmann at Texas Tech, Johnson at Northwestern and Vargas at Christopher Columbus High School.
Their scores were one stroke better than three players who came in at 71 on this historic course, which hosted the 1968 PGA Championship.
The Amateur Public Links, the national championship for public course players, has historically attracted working men from across the nation. This year the 156-player field includes truck drivers, financial analysts, and golf course superintendents but is dominated by 85 college students and seven high school players.
D.J. Trahan, Inman, S.C., the defending champion, was at five-over-par 76.
Following Tuesdays second round of stroke play, the low 64 scorers will advance to match play with a 36-hole final deciding the championship on Saturday.
The Amateur Public Links is one of 13 national championships conducted by the United States Golf Association, of which ten are strictly for amateurs.
San Antonio, Texas ' Results of the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the 7,005-yard, par 71 Pecan Valley Golf Club.
-Kyle Willmann, Edmond, Okla., 33-37--70
-Matt Cohn, La Jolla, Calif., 33-37--70
-Nick Cassini, Athens, Ga., 35-35--70
-James Vargas, Miami, Fla., 35-35--70
-Tom Johnson, Fair Oaks, Calif., 35-35--70
-Ben Flam, Phoenix, Ariz., 35-36--71
-Bryan Stark, Herndon, Va., 35-36--71
-Erik Compton, Miami, Fla., 34-37--71
-Chez Reavie, Mesa, Ariz., 37-34--71
-Mark Farrell, Westport, Conn., 36-36--72
-David Yarnes, Corvallis, Ore., 35-37--72
-Wayne Raath, South Africa, 36-36--72
-Stan Rawl, Gainesville, Ga., 35-37--72
-Jim Spagnolo, Fort Worth, Texas, 37-35--72
-Jim Seki, Honolulu, Hawaii, 40-32--72
-Jeff Chandler, Kenton, Tenn., 36-36--72
-Randy Nichols, Connersville, Ind., 35-37--72
-Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn., 36-37--73
-Billy Dressler, Lake Charles, La., 37-36--73
-Alan Hill, Spring Branch, Texas, 36-37--73
-Adam Fuchs, Plainview, N.Y., 38-35--73
-Michael Letzig, Albuquerque, N.M., 38-35--73
-William Tanner, Kingwood, Texas, 38-35--73
-John Bloomfield, Ingston, Jamaica, 38-35--73
-Thomas Halla, Lannon, Wis., 35-38--73
-Jon Antunes, Belton, Texas, 35-39--74
-Mike Sullivan, Dallas, Texas, 37-37--74
-D J Fiese, Atlanta, Ga., 39-35--74
-William McLaughlin, Ormond Beach, Fla., 36-38--74
-Hunter Mahan, McKinney, Texas, 36-38--74
-William Witte, Spokane, Wash., 36-38--74
-Greg Puga, Los Angeles, Calif., 36-38--74
-Timothy Elliott, Baltimore, Md., 40-34--74
-Camilo Benedetti, Gainesville, Fla., 37-37--74
-Chris Stroud, Groves, Texas, 38-36--74
-Ben Dickerson, Jacksonville, Fla., 37-37--74
-Joe Stansberry, Bloomington, Minn., 37-37--74
-Jason Harris, Clemmons, N.C., 38-36--74
-John Davis, Taylor, Ariz., 37-37--74
-Matt Hilton, Muskego, Wis., 38-36--74
-Jon Babich, Henderson, Nev., 41-33--74
-Andrew Sanders, Merritt Island, Fla., 36-39--75
-Jeff Nichols, Rochester Hills, Mich., 37-38--75
-Sam Covitz, Indianapolis, Ind., 37-38--75
-Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C., 40-35--75
-Michael Austin, Burton, Mich., 34-41--75
-Jason Winter, Camarillo, Calif., 34-41--75
-Adam Auger, Canada, 40-35--75
-Sal Spallone, Vero Beach, Fla., 39-36--75
-Jay Reynolds, Austin, Texas, 38-37--75
-Roger Fine, Carrollton, Texas, 38-37--75
-Jason Moon, Australia, 40-36--76
-Ryan Dennis, Columbus, Ohio, 35-41--76
-Alan Stearns, Boston, Mass., 37-39--76
-Matthew Kohn, So Africa, 36-40--76
-Everett Grimes III, Nampa, Idaho, 39-37--76
-Brian Gerken, Napoleon, Ohio, 36-40--76
-Jason Wombacher, Coralville, Iowa, 38-38--76
-Mark Strickland, Woodstock, Ga., 38-38--76
-Tom Ostasik, San Ramon, Calif., 36-40--76
-Eddie Lee, New Zealand, 38-38--76
-Brett Foulds, Escondido, Calif., 37-39--76
-Chris Campbell, Louisville, Ky., 38-38--76
-D J Trahan, Inman, S.C., 38-38--76
-Chris Reinke, Ashton, Idaho, 40-36--76
-Dee Green, Houston, Texas, 40-36--76
-Thomas Kennaday, Columbia, S.C., 40-36--76
-Ken Rizvi, San Francisco, Calif., 39-37--76
-Ryan Dorff, Johnstown, Ohio, 38-39--77
-Miles Maillet, Bishop, Calif., 37-40--77
-Tim Scott, Downers Grove, Ill., 39-38--77
-Greg Davies, Walled Lake, Mich., 38-39--77
-Jason Basile, Portland, Ore., 36-41--77
-Michael Crute, Homerville, Ohio, 38-39--77
-Aaron Williams, New Boston, Ohio, 38-39--77
-Greg Uberuaga, San Diego, Calif., 39-38--77
-Chris Davis, Sour Lake, Texas, 40-37--77
-Gabriel Alcala, Scottsdale, Ariz., 38-39--77
-Garry Antunes, Henderson, Texas, 39-38--77
-Codie Mudd, Louisville, Ky., 37-40--77
-Doug Kreitner, St Louis, Mo., 38-39--77
-John Carlson, Bagley, Minn., 39-38--77
-Bill Leach, Bozeman, Mont., 37-41--78
-Zac Gavlak, Paliter, Alaska, 36-42--78
-Erik Billinger, Westminster, Colo., 41-37--78
-Robert McKinney, Canton, Ohio, 38-40--78
-Chad Olsen, Aberdeen, S.D., 38-40--78
-Robert Hartnett, Seattle, Wash., 40-38--78
-Robert Godfrey, Clemson, S.C., 40-38--78
-Jeff Sparks, Columbus, Ohio, 38-40--78
-Ron Coleman, Erie, Pa., 38-40--78
-John Little, Pheonix City, Ala., 40-39--79
-Greg Ott, Des Moines, Wash., 40-39--79
-Bryan Milberger, Olathe, Kan., 40-39--79
-Jarett Hamamoto, Hilo, Hawaii, 40-39--79
-Royden Heirakuji, Makawao, Hawaii, 42-37--79
-Jerry Chen, Union, N.J., 39-40--79
-Chris Rousseau, Feeding Hills, Mass., 41-38--79
-Joseph Horowitz, Long Beach, N.Y., 44-35--79
-Benjamin Meyers, Australia, 40-39--79
-Ben Portie, Westminster, Colo., 40-40--80
-Brook Tully, San Diego, Calif., 40-40--80
-Savio Nazareth, Orlando, Fla., 41-39--80
-Gregory Snider, Atascadero, Calif., 41-39--80
-Jay Poletiek, Portland, Ore., 37-43--80
-Billy Wingerd, Baltimore, Md., 41-39--80
-Ash Serur, San Marcos, Texas, 42-38--80
-Eric Fong, Waipahu, Hawaii, 39-41--80
-Phil Eich, Orlando, Fla., 41-39--80
-David Spitz, Norwell, Mass., 39-41--80
-Joshua Oldham, Greenwood, Ind., 41-39--80
-Thomas Giles, Stow, Mass., 39-41--80
-Josh Anderson, Columbus, Ohio, 43-37--80
-Kyle Kokanovich, N Tonawanda, N.Y., 38-43--81
-Kyle McAfee, Rosston, Ark., 39-42--81
-Taz Ismail, Syosset, N.Y., 36-45--81
-Mark Dunlap, Austin, Texas, 41-40--81
-Kris Wells, Denver, Pa., 41-40--81
-Adam Gilliland, Rapid City, S.D., 39-42--81
-Steven Poulson, Salt Lake City, Utah, 41-40--81
-James Junkin, Grand Prairie, Texas, 42-39--81
-Michael Koreski, Parkersburg, W.Va., 44-37--81
-William Link IV, Acton, Mass., 45-36--81
-John Oliver Delancey, Ann Arbor, Mich., 41-40--81
-Kevin O'Connor, East Lyme, Conn., 42-39--81
-John Merrick, Long Beach, Calif., 41-40--81
-Joey Stockton, Salinas, Calif., 37-44--81
-Andy Hollis, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 43-39--82
-Jason Cargill, East Peoria, Ill., 38-44--82
-Todd Hancock, O'Fallon, Ill., 43-39--82
-Jon Olson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 42-40--82
-Keno Turnquest, Bahamas, 40-42--82
-J J Wall, San Antonio, Texas, 40-42--82
-Endel Liias, Melrose, Mass., 41-42--83
-Miles Nixon, London, Ohio, 41-42--83
-Brendan McKinney, Cockeysville, Md., 42-41--83
-Jason Margetts, Las Vegas, Nev., 41-42--83
-Neil Johnson, River Falls, Wis., 41-42--83
-Javier Delgadillo, El Paso, Texas, 44-40--84
-William Briggs, Hughestown, Pa., 44-40--84
-Adam Goldie, Monmouth, Ill., 44-40--84
-Thomas Tangtiphaiboontana, Long Beach, Calif., 39-45--84
-Jake Peterson, Layton, Utah, 40-44--84
-Ryan Day, Lamoine, Maine, 45-41--86
-Brad Hastings, Easton, Md., 43-42--85
-William Moore, Pacific Grove, Calif., 45-40--85
-Marty Jertson, Globe, Ariz., 47-38--85
-Leo Kleiweg, Houston, Texas, 44-41--85
-Pat Viernes, Lihue Kauai, Hawaii, 42-43--85
-Adam Cohan, Wayne, Pa., 46-40--86
-Chris Igawa, Hilo, Hawaii, 42-44--86
-James Oh, Lakewood, Calif., 42-44--86
-Scott Vallina, Burgettstown, Pa., 44-42--86
-Michael Hogan, Nashua, N.H., 46-41--87
-Guy Yamamoto, Waipahu, Hawaii, 40-47--87
-Greg Denman, Wheaton, Ill., 46-42--88

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