NEWTON, Kansas (AP) — Joshua Lee defeated co-medalist Zane Thomas 1-up Wednesday in the first round of match play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Sand Creek Station Golf Course.
Lee, of Fleming Island, Florida, barely made the final 64 for match play, chipping in during a playoff for a spot on Tuesday. He didn’t need extra holes against Thomas, clinching the victory with a two-putt from 30 feet on the 18th hole.
Six of the first seven matches were decided on the 18th hole.
Thomas led 2 up through 13 holes, but bogeys at 14 and 17, as well as a drive out of bounds on 16, ruined the 20-year-old Las Vegas resident’s chances.
The other three co-medalists won. Doug Ghim, of Arlington Heights, Illinois; Rico Hoey, Rancho Cucamonga, California; and Byron Meth of San Diego, never trailed during their wins Wednesday.