NEWTON, Kansas – The 89th and final U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship teed off Monday at Sand Creek Station in Newton.
With over 150 of the world’s top up-and-coming golfers on hand, a brand new National Champ will be crowned on Saturday. It’s something tournament organizers and community members are proud to be a part of.
Sand Creek Station G.M. Chris Tuohey told KSN, “We couldn’t be happier to have such a championship
with so much history and so many great former champions-to have it right here in our backyard. From the community’s perspective for many years now, I think 19 thousand Newtonians have wrapped themselves around this championship. With hard work comes great results. So really, the credit goes to the entire city.”
But in some ways, it’s bittersweet. Because this will be the last year ever for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
Winning the title last year, Oklahoma State’s Jordan Niebrugge told KSN, “It’s just sad to see it go, but there’s not much you can do about it. There’s still one more left to win.”
Tuohey added, “They are going to go to a 4-ball championship. I think the decision is going to be very beneficial.”
KSN asked Tuohey if the best course was saved for last. He said, “I hope so. I know that I would put this staff and this volunteer group up against anybody.”
*Heading into Tuesday, there’s a three-way tie for the lead between Canadian Garrett Rank, Nebraska-Kearney junior Michael Colgate and UNLV junior Zane Thomas. All three shot a 66 to lead the 156-player field.