'It's one of those things that I'll look back on 40 years from now and I'll get goose bumps every time I think about it, about how I played,' said Snedeker of his title. 'I'll probably be able to recall every shot I hit against every person. It's going to be a great memory.'
Snedeker, an All-American who just graduated from Vanderbilt, collected six birdies over the first 18 holes to gain a 3-up advantage heading to the afternoon session at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club's East Course.
The 2003 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year followed that impressive display by sinking five more birdies over the first nine holes in the afternoon 18 to close out the match.
'Each time I hit a solid shot, each time I made a putt, I knew things were going to go my way,' said Snedeker, who downed Luke List 2 and 1 to get into the final match. 'My iron game this week was phenomenal. I don't think I've ever hit my irons this solidly, especially my long irons.'
The 10 and 9 victory tied the second-largest margin of victory in the 78-year history of the championship. Jim Sorenson won the 1985 title 12 and 11 for the biggest margin of victory.
'Whew, that was seriously good,' said Rose of Snedeker's play. 'Shooting 30 on the front nine is incredible. That's what you have to do to win a national championship. I don't think there's anybody in the world that could have beat him.'
After Snedeker took a 3-up lead through seven holes, Rose made a charge. Rose, who eliminated Chris Stroud 4 and 2 to get into the final match, won Nos. 9 and 12, both with birdie, to cut Snedeker's edge to 1-up.
Snedeker came back to birdie two of the next four holes to grab his 3-up lead heading to the afternoon 18. He won seven of the first nine holes in the afternoon portion to close out the match.
Both Snedeker and Rose are exempt from qualifying for the 2004 U.S. Amateur at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club in August.
Snedeker receives the James D. Standish Jr. Cup for the ensuing year. If he remains an amateur, historically, he'll also receive an invitation to play in the 2004 Masters.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, for bona fide public course players, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.