Jimison Sets Amateur Course Record
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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) _ Isaac Jimison set a course record with a 7-under-par 65 Tuesday to finish at 11-under at 133 and win the stroke-play portion of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship by three shots.
Along with the stroke-play medal, the California native will be the top-seeded player in the match-play portion of the event, which begins Wednesday at The Orchards Golf Club.
The original field of 156 was cut to the top 64 based on the two rounds of stroke play. The cut was at 2 over at 146.
``Winning the medal is nice, but it doesn’t mean anything from here on in,″ Jimison said. ``I’m in the tournament, but if you are number one or number 64, you still have to beat all the good players to win the trophy.″
Michigan State senior Eric Jorgensen shot his second straight 68 to finish at 136.
First-round leader Hunter Mahan, who tied the course record Monday with a 66, shot a 1-under 71 in the second round _ including a triple-bogey 7 on the 18th _ to finish in a four-way tie for third at 137.
Defending champion Chez Reavie, who struggled to a first-round 73, shot 68 Tuesday to easily qualify for match play. Last year’s runner-up, Danny Green, tied for 11th after shooting 69-70.
Jimison and J.J. Jakovac (138), representing Sacramento, Calif., won the team championship with a record-tying 271.
The tournament, in Macomb County, about 20 miles north of Detroit, is open to amateur golfers who do not have playing privileges on a private course.
The winner of Saturday’s 36-hole final will receive an invitation to the 2003 Masters, providing he remains an amateur.