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Dates: Monday, July 15th through Saturday, July 20th
Site: Laurel Hill Golf Club, Lorton, Virginia
Course Architect: Bill Love (2005)
Par: 70
Yardage: 7,022
Hole-By-Hole:
HolePar and YardsHolePar and Yards
1 Par 4 471 yds 10 Par 4 350 yds
2 Par 4 365 yds 11 Par 3 164 yds
3 Par 4 452 yds 12 Par 4 413 yds
4 Par 3 186 yds 13 Par 4 418 yds
5 Par 4 500 yds 14 Par 3 215 yds
6 Par 4 489 yds 15 Par 5 612 yds
7 Par 4 321 yds 16 Par 3 179 yds
8 Par 3 240 yds 17 Par 4 493 yds
9 Par 5 565 yds 18 Par 5 589 yds
35 3,589 yds 35 3,433 yds
Annual: 88th
Television: None
Schedule of Play:
Stroke Play - Monday, July 1th and Tuesday, July 16th, (field reduced to the lowest 64 players, who advance to match play).
Match Play - Wednesday, July 17th - First Round,
Thursday, July 18th - Second and Third Rounds,
Friday, July 19th - Quarterfinals/Semifinals,
Saturday, July 20th - Championship (36 holes)
Defending Champion: T.J. Vogel (Not defending)
Runner-Up: Kevin Aylwin
Lowest Medalist Score (36 holes): 131 (Danny Green, 2004)
Lowest Medalist Score (18 holes): 63 (Danny Green, 2004)
Last Year's Results
Championship - T.J. Vogel def. Kevin Aylwin, 12 & 10
Semifinals - T.J. Vogel def. Derek Ernst, 4 & 3
Kevin Aylwin def. Kyle Beversdorf, 2 & 1
Quarterfinals - T.J. Vogel def. Alberto Sanchez, 1-up
Kevin Aylwin def. Paul McConnell, 3 & 2
Kyle Beversdorf def. Carlos Rodriguez, 1-up
Derek Ernst def. Brad Schneider, 4 & 3
Past U.S. Amateur Public Links Results
YearWinner
2012 T.J. Vogel def. Kevin Aylwin, 12 & 10
2011 Corbin Mills def. Derek Ernst, 1-up (37 holes)
2010 Lion Kim def. David McDaniel, 6 & 5
2009 Brad Benjamin def. Nick Taylor, 7 & 6
2008 Jack Newman def. John Chin, 5 & 3
2007 Colt Knost def. Cody Paladino, 6 & 4
2006 Casey Watabu def. Anthony Kim, 4 & 3
2005 Clay Ogden def. Martin Ureta, 1-up
2004 Ryan Moore def. Dayton Rose, 6 & 5
2003 Brandt Snedeker def. Dayton Rose, 10 & 9
2002 Ryan Moore def. Lee Williamson, 10 & 9
2001 Chez Reavie def. Danny Green, 1-up (38 holes)
2000 D.J. Trahan def. Ben Dickerson, 1-up (37 holes)
1999 Hunter Haas def. Michael Kirk, 4 & 3
1998 Trevor Immelman def. Jason Dufner, 3 & 2
1997 Tim Clark def. Ryuji Imada, 7 & 6
1996 Tim Hogarth def. Jeff Thomas, 8 & 7
1995 Chris Wollmann def. Bill Camping, 4 & 3
1994 Guy Yamamoto def. Chris Riley, 1-up (37 holes)
1993 David Berganio Jr def. Brandon Knight, 2 & 1
1992 Warren Schutte def. Richard Mayo Jr, 3 & 2
1991 David Berganio Jr def. Micahel Combs, 3 & 2
1990 Michael Combs def. Terrence Miskell, 4 & 3
1989 Tim Hobby def. Henry Cagigal, 4 & 3
1988 Ralph Howe III def. Kevin Johnson, 1-up (37 holes)
1987 Kevin Johnson def. Jimmy England, 10 & 9
1986 Billy Mayfair def. Jim Sorenson, 3 & 2
1985 Jim Sorenson def. Jay Cooper, 12 & 11
1984 Bill Malley def. Dirk Jones, 2 & 1
1983 Billy Tuten def. David Hobby, 3 & 1
1982 Billy Tuten def. Brad Heninger, 6 & 5
1981 Jodie Mudd def. Billy Tuten, 3 & 2
1980 Jodie Mudd def. Rick Gordon, 9 & 8
1979 Dennis Walsh def. Eric Mork, 4 & 3
1978 Dean Prince def. Tony Figueredo, 5 & 3
1977 Jerry Vidovic def. Jeff Kern, 4 & 2
1976 Eddie Mudd def. Archie Dadian, 1-up (37 holes)
1975 Randy Barenaba def. Alan Yamamoto, 1-up (37 holes)
Past U.S. Amateur Public Links Stroke Play Winners (1967-74)
YearWinner
1974 Charles Barenaba Jr (290) - Frank Mazion
1973 Stan Stopa (294) -- Gary Hitch, Philip Reichel
1972 Bob Allard (285-71) -- Rick Schultz (285-74)
1971 Fred Haney (290) -- Bob Blomberg
1970 Robert Risch (293) -- Mike Zimmerman
1969 John Jackson Jr (292) -- Arthur Fujita, Fred Lufkin, Steven Cook, Joseph Andron Jr
1968 Gene Towry (292) -- Robert R. Unger
1967 Verne Callison (287) -- Ronald Stokley
1966 Lamont Kaser def. Dave Ojala, 6 & 5
1965 Arne Dokka def. Leo Zampedro, 10 & 9
1964 William McDonald def. Dean Wilson Jr, 5 & 3
1963 Robert Lunn def. Stephen Oppermann, 1-up
1962 Richard H. Sikes def. Hun Soo Ahn, 2 & 1
1961 Richard H. Sikes def. John A. Molenda, 4 & 3
1960 Verne Callison def. Tyler Caplin, 7 & 6
1959 William A. Wright def. Frank W. Campbell, 3 & 2
1958 Daniel D. Sikes Jr def. Bob Ludlow, 3 & 2
1957 Don Essig III def. Gene Towry, 6 & 5
1956 James H. Buxbaum def. W.C. Scarbrough Jr, 3 & 2
1955 Sam D. Kocsis def. Lewis T. Bean, 2-up
1954 Gene Andrews def. Jack E. Zimmerman, 1-up
1953 Ted Richards Jr def. Irving A. Cooper, 1-up
1952 Omer L. Bogan def. Robert J. Scherer, 4 & 3
1951 Dave Stanley def. Ralph Vranesic, 1-up (38 holes)
1950 Stanley Bielat def. John Dobro, 7 & 5
1949 Kenneth Towns def. William Betger, 5 & 4
1948 Michael Ferentz def. Ben Hughes, 2 & 1
1947 Wilfred Crossley def. Avery Beck, 6 & 5
1946 Smiley Quick def. Louis Stafford, 3 & 2
1945 No Championships - World War II
1944 No Championships - World War II
1943 No Championships - World War II
1942 No Championships - World War II
1941 William Welch Jr def. Jack Kerns, 6 & 5
1940 Robert Clark def. Michael Dietz, 8 & 6
1939 Andrew Szwedko def. Phillip Gordon, 1-up
1938 Al Leach def. Louis Cyr, 1-up
1937 Bruce McCormick def. Don Erickson, 1-up
1936 B. Patrick Abbott def. Claude B. Rippy, 4 & 3
1935 Frank Strafaci def. Joe Coria, 1-up (37 holes)
1934 David A. Mitchell def. Arthur Armstrong, 5 & 3
1933 Charles Ferrera def. R.L. Miller, 3 & 2
1932 R.L. Miller def. Pete Miller, 4 & 2
1931 Charles Ferrera def. Joe Nichols, 5 & 4
1930 Robert Wingate def. Joseph Greene, 1-up
1929 Carl Kauffmann def. Milton Soncrant, 4 & 3
1928 Carl Kauffmann def. Phil Ogden, 8 & 7
1927 Carl Kauffmann def. William Serrick, 1-up (37 holes)
1926 Lester Bolstad def. Carl Kauffmann, 3 & 2
1925 Ramond McAuliffe def. William Serrick, 6 & 5
1924 Joseph Coble def. Henry Decker, 2 & 1
1923 Richard Walsh def. J. Stewart Whitham, 6 & 5
1922 Edmund Held def. Richard Walsh, 6 & 5
NOTES:
One of the oldest United States Golf Association events, the U.S. AmateurPublic Links Championship will be held for the 88th time this year. The championship's prime mover was James D. Standish Jr. of Detroit, who convinced his colleagues on the 1922 USGA Executive Committee that the time was right for such a grass-roots competition. Standish pointed to the public-course golfer, whose ranks were swelling following World War I, and to the growing number of municipal and daily-fee courses in America.

The first championship was conducted at the Ottawa Park Course in Toledo, Ohio. The USGA had no way of knowing how many players to expect, but a satisfying 140 entries were received. Less than half that number wore golf shoes. The first champion was Edmund Held of St. Louis, who joined a private club soon after his victory and thus became ineligible to defend his title in 1923. In 1923, the first team championship was conducted at the same time as the individual competition. East Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. was selected as the site, causing a great deal of excitement in the nation's capital. President Warren G. Harding, a golf enthusiast, donated the team trophy. Harding wanted to enter the championship himself, but time didn't permit, and besides, he was a member of at least one private club, which would preclude his entry. That those earliest championships drew upward of 18 teams representing cities from coast to coast was a tribute to the spread of public-course golf in America.

From the initial entry of 140 players, the yearly annual entry has surged to as many as 6,000 competitors or more. The championship has also been a springboard for the likes of U.S. Open champions Ed Furgol, Tommy Bolt, and Ken Venturi; British Open champion Tony Lema; PGA champions Dave Marr and Bobby Nichols; and Masters winner George Archer. In 1959, it produced the first African-American winner of a USGA championship in William A. Wright, who later became a teacher. Some of the past winners who have gone on to have professional careers are: Jodie Mudd, Billy Mayfair, David Berganio Jr., 2010 PLAYERS Champion Tim Clark, 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman, D.J. Trahan, Chez Reavie, two-time winner Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker. Immelman became the first Public Links champion to win a professional golf major with his victory at the Masters in 2008.

Billy Mayfair, two-time champion Ryan Moore and Colt Knost are the only players to have captured the U.S. Amateur and APL titles, the latter two doing it in the same year. Carl Kauffmann is the only player to have won the APL three times, doing so in consecutive years from 1927-29. Seven others have won it twice.

The USGA accepted 3,020 entries for the 2013 USAPL. The record for entries was set in 1998 with 6,300. The 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links will be the 20th USGA championship to be conducted in Virginia. It will also be the first APL ever held in the state. This will also be the first USGA championship conducted at Laurel Hill Golf Club.

Last year, T.J. Vogel defeated Kevin Aylwin in near-historic fashion, winning 12 & 10 at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah. At 7,670 yards, this was the longest venue in U.S. Amateur Public Links history.

Vogel's victory was the second-largest in APL history. In the championship match of the 1985 APL, Jim Sorenson defeated Jay Cooper, 12 and 11, at Wailua Golf Course in Lihue, Hawaii. Vogel won the first two holes and stretched his lead to 8 up with wins at holes 11, 12 and 13. In all, Vogel made eight birdies in the morning round, including six on his last seven holes, to head at the break with a 10-up lead.

Back in 2011, Corbin Mills parred the first extra playoff hole to defeat Derek Ernst in 37 holes at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon. Mills, 21, of Easley, S.C., became the first qualifying medalist to win the APL since fellow Clemson Tiger D.J. Trahan claimed the title in 2000, also in 37 holes.

Lion Kim defeated David McDaniel, 6 & 5, in the 36-hole final in 2010 at Bryan Park in Greensboro, North Carolina. There was a nearly seven-hour weather delay, but, at 9:06 p.m. (et), Kim holed the winning putt for his first USGA title.

In 2009, Brad Benjamin toppled Nick Taylor, 7 & 6, in the 36-hole final to win at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma. Taylor was the stroke-play medalist, the low amateur at the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black and someone who trailed for only a few moments in his matches.

Colt Knost handled Cody Paladino in 2007, 6 & 4, to win the championship at Cantigny Golf Club. Knost went on to win the U.S. Amateur Championship in August of 2007, joining Billy Mayfair and Ryan Moore as the only players in USGA history to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links and the U.S. Amateur. Mayfair won this tournament in 1986 and captured the U.S. Amateur the following year. Moore and Knost won both the USAPL and the U.S. Amateur in the same year.

In 2006, Casey Watabu never trailed in his match against Anthony Kim, as he defeated the California-born player, 4 & 3, in their 36-hole match on the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club. Kim is now a member of the PGA Tour and has three victories.

Clay Ogden rallied from a four-hole deficit in 2005 after the opening nine to defeat Martin Ureta, 1-up, to win at Shaker Run Golf Club in Ohio. On his way to the title, Ogden knocked off Michelle Wie in the quarterfinals. Wie had become the first female to ever qualify for a USGA championship which was traditionally for men.

The 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links is scheduled for Sand Creek Station Golf Club in Newton, Kan., from July 14-19. It will be the last APL conducted as the USGA is retiring the championship following the 2014 event.

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