In Newton, Kansas, University of New Mexico rising senior Sam Saunders sizzled on Tuesday, fellow rising Gavin Green was solid and rising freshman Andrej Bevins survived.
All three Lobos earned qualifying spots for Wednesday’s match-play portion of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship by finishing among the top 64 players after 36 holes of stroke play concluded Tuesday.
Saunders shot a 5-under 66 Tuesday and finished the stroke-play portion with a 6-under 136 for fifth place among the 156 amateurs competing in the prestigious event.
Green, who earned an automatic berth in the event thanks to a top 75 World Amateur Golf Ranking, shot a 2-under 69 on Tuesday and finished at even-par 142 to tie for 21st place.
Bevins shot a 1-over 72 in the second round, finished at 5-over and just made the match-play competition. He finished in an 11-way tie for 58th. He was among seven players who advanced while four missed the cut.
The USGA website did not immediately explain the process of determining the tiebreaker.
Despite the good news that all three advanced, the match-play draw was not favorable to Saunders or Green.
Saunders, a La Cueva High School graduate and the No. 5 seed, will face fellow Albuquerquean Sean Carlson (No. 60) in Wednesday’s head-to-head competition.
Green, the No. 28 seed, will face No. 37 seed Herbie Aikens of Pembroke, Mass., in a first-round matchup.
If Saunders and Green advance, the teammates will face each other in Thursday morning’s second round.
Bevins, the No. 59 seed, was placed on the other side of the draw and will face England’s Sam Horsfield in the first round on Wednesday.
For match-play scoring, go to the USGA.org website.