Kim, Niebrugge to meet in Publinx final
Lorton, VA (Sports Network) - Michael Kim and Jordan Niebrugge both won a pair of matches on Friday to earn a spot in the final of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
Kim, who was recently named to the U.S. Walker Cup team, defeated Robby Shelton IV, 1-up, in his quarterfinal match before rolling to a 4 & 3 victory over Eric Sugimoto in the semifinals at Laurel Hill Golf Club.
Sugimoto had ousted Kyle Henning with a 2 & 1 decision in his quarterfinal match to earn a spot in the semifinals.
Niebrugge, meanwhile, earned a 1-up victory over Zecheng Dou in the quarterfinals, and then topped James Erkenbeck, 3 & 2, in the semis.
Erkenbeck, who was the oldest remaining player in the field at 23 years old, advanced to the semifinals with a 1-up win over 19-year-old Austin Smotherman earlier Friday.
The championship will take place over 36 holes on Saturday starting at 7:00 a.m. ET, with the second 18 holes to begin at 12:00 p.m.
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