2012 U.S. Mid-Am Runner-Up One Stroke Off 36-Hole Record at Laurel Hill July 15, 2013 By Michael Trostel, USGA

Garrett Rank shot rounds of 65-67 during stroke-play qualifying to earn medalist honors at the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links by a two-stroke margin. (USGA/Joel Kowsky)

LORTON, Va. – In temperatures that soared into the upper 90s but felt close to 115 degrees, Canadian Garrett Rank kept his cool and flirted with re-writing the record books at steamy Laurel Hill Golf Club.

Rank, 25, carded a 3-under 67 on Tuesday for a 36-hole total of 8-under 132 to earn medalist honors during the stroke play portion of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

Ian Davis, playing in his first USGA championship, was two strokes back at 134, while Eric Sugimoto followed his record-tying, first-round 63 with a 2-over 72 and finished three strokes behind at 135.

Rank was even par for his round through five holes when, for the second straight day, he birdied holes 6, 8 and 9. A birdie at the 182-yard 14th, offset by a bogey at the long par-4 17th, brought Rank to the final hole needing a birdie to match the mark set by Danny Green at the 2004 APL at Rush Creek G.C. in Maple Grove, Minn.

If I knew that, I wouldn’t have laid up on 18, joked Rank, who faced a 226-yard approach over water on the par-5 closing hole. I was more worried about a Tin Cup moment.

Rank, who works as a professional referee for the Ontario Hockey League in the winter, has dedicated himself full-time to golf this summer. In fact, he went to the practice range immediately after his round Tuesday despite playing near-flawless golf over the first two days.

I’m treating this as my full-time job, said Rank. I made some good swings at the end of the round and was trying to cement those for the next couple of days.

As much as his focus is on golf, Rank is also overcoming a serious health concern. In the winter of 2011, he had successful surgery for testicular cancer that gave him a scare, but also put things in perspective.

As a young kid at 22 years old, you never want to hear ‘cancer,’ said Rank, but it was really a blessing in disguise. I started to realize, even if I made a bogey or bad swing, things could be a lot worse.

Rank finished runner-up at last year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur and has been climbing the ladder of the World Amateur Golf Rankings since. This summer, he finished second at the Ontario Amateur and has top-20 finishes at the Northeast Amateur and the Sahalee Players Championship.

I’m coming in playing very well and this only gives me more confidence, said Rank. Coming to a USGA championship and finishing as medalist – that’s huge.

Davis, 21, of Edmond, Okla., birdied all three par 5s, including an up-and-down from just over the green on the ninth, his final hole of the day.

I was trying to come in under par today and with that birdie on [No. 9], I was able to do it, said Davis, who also advanced through sectional qualifying on July 8 for next month’s U.S. Amateur, which will be held at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. I actually felt like I hit the ball a little better today, but couldn’t get a few putts to drop. Overall, I’m very happy with how I’m playing.

Davis, 21, also had an excellent junior season at Oklahoma State. He won the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas in October 2012 and finished eighth in the NCAA Division I Championship. His assistant coach, Brian Guetz, is his caddie this week and two of his teammates, Talor Gooch (68-69—137) and Jordan Niebrugge (71-67—138) also qualified for match play.

Sugimoto failed to sustain the momentum from his opening-round 63. With the 36-hole stroke-play record within grasp at the start of Tuesday’s round, the 19-year-old from San Diego bogeyed three consecutive holes starting at No. 4. He birdied the short par-4 10th for the second day in a row, then finished with eight straight pars to post a 72.

I started off with a couple of bad shots and put myself in some not-so-ideal places, said Sugimoto, of his three straight bogeys, but I stayed patient and avoided any mental errors or big numbers coming in.

Tuesday’s low-round belonged to Sam Horsfield, of England, whose 66 gave him a two-day total of 4-under 136. One of the youngest players in the field at age 16, Horsfield double-bogeyed the third hole, but birdied six of his last 10 holes, including all three par 5s, to surge up the leader board.

Other players to advance to match play include 2012 APL medalist James Erkenbeck (67-70—137); the low amateur at last month’s U.S. Open, Michael Kim (69-68—137); 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Cameron Peck (68-70—138); and 51-year-old Sean Knapp (69-73—142), who just last week competed in the U.S. Senior Open in Omaha, Nebraska.

Thirteen golfers began a playoff for 11 spots to round out the 64-player match-play portion of the championship. They made it through one hole, the 181-yard 16th, before darkness forced a suspension of play. Kyle Henning made a birdie-2, while Mitchell Rutledge, Justin Wenger, Payne Gniewek, Brandon Hortt, Sam Straka and Justin Shin made pars to secure their spots in the match play bracket. The playoff will resume Wednesday at 7 a.m. EDT on the 10th hole with five players for four spots.

The U.S. Amateur Public Links is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. First round matches will begin immediately after the conclusion of the playoff on Wednesday, with the championship scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Saturday.

Michael Trostel is the senior curator/historian for the USGA Museum. Email him at mtrostel@usga.org.


Lorton, Va. – Results from stroke-play qualifying at the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship being played at 7,022-yard, par-70 Laurel Hill Golf Club:

Garrett Rank, Canada 65-67--132

Ian Davis, Edmond, Okla. 65-69--134

Eric Sugimoto, San Diego, Calif. 63-72--135

Sam Horsfield, United Kingdom 70-66--136

Talor Gooch, Midwest City, Okla. 68-69--137

Paul McConnell, Garland, Texas 69-68--137

Michael Kim, Del Mar, Calif. 69-68--137

Nicholas Scott, Union, Ohio 69-68--137

James Erkenbeck, San Diego, Calif. 67-70--137

Kyle Jones, Taylor, Ariz. 69-68--137

Xander McDonald-Smith, R. Park, N.Y. 68-70--138

Jordan Niebrugge, Mequon, Wis. 71-67--138

Sam Saunders, Albuquerque, N.M. 66-73--139

Cameron Peck, Olympia, Wash. 68-71--139

Robby Shelton IV, Wilmer, Ala. 70-69--139

Anton Arboleda, La Canada, Calif. 69-70--139

Austin Smotherman, Loomis, Calif. 68-72--140

Jonathan Hauter, Morton, Ill. 68-72--140

James Glenn, Houston, Texas 72-68--140

Zecheng Dou, People's Republic of China 70-71--141

Kyle Weldon, St. Louis, Mo. 69-72--141

P. J. Samiere, Kailua, Hawaii 69-72--141

Nick Sherwood, Albany, Ore. 73-68--141

Zac Blair, Ogden, Utah 72-69--141

Zachary Wright, Phoenix, Ariz. 71-70--141

Lucas Kim, Canada 71-71--142

Carlson Cox IV, Church Hill, Tenn. 69-73--142

John Oda, Honolulu, Hawaii 72-70--142

Taeksoo Kim, Republic of Korea 74-68--142

Kevin Josephson, New Britain, Conn. 73-69--142

Trevor Cone, Concord, N.C. 71-71--142

Jon Trasamar, Minneapolis, Minn. 72-70--142

Sean Knapp, Oakmont, Pa. 69-73--142

Mark Cusic, California, Md. 72-70--142

Tanner Owens, Claremore, Okla. 74-68--142

Nick Brothers, Crystal River, Fla. 71-71--142

Mitchell McLeroy, Mansfield, Texas 71-71--142

Andrew Bailey, Cleveland, Ohio 73-69--142

Ricky Desantis, San Marcos, Calif. 73-70--143

Mario Clemens, Mexico 70-73--143

Brandon Cigna, Arlington, Va. 72-71--143

Addison Lambeth, Browns Summit, N.C. 67-76--143

Sean Kelly, Staten Island, N.Y. 72-71--143

Paul Misko, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 73-70--143

Cameron Harrell, Colorado Springs, Colo. 71-72--143

George Cunningham, Tucson, Ariz. 69-74--143

Derek Fribbs, Boulder, Colo. 68-75--143

Andy Drohen, Granville, Mass. 69-74--143

Thomas Lim, Moorpark, Calif. 70-74--144

Brett Patterson, McMinnville, Tenn. 72-72--144

Zachary Moore, Orlando, Fla. 71-73--144

Ryan Nagy, Raleigh, N.C. 72-72--144

Michael Schmitmeyer, St Marys, Ohio 69-75--144

Alberto Sanchez, Nogales, Ariz. 68-77--145

Kyle Henning, Brookfield, Wis. 69-76--145

Glenn Przybylski, Frankfort, Ill. 74-71--145

Joshua Stone, Stockton, Calif. 75-70--145

Sam Straka, Valdosta, Ga. 72-73--145

David Tepe, Cincinnati, Ohio 72-73--145

Justin Shin, Canada 69-76--145

Tyler Klava, Pace, Fla. 74-71--145

Mitchell Rutledge, Creve Coeur, Mo. 74-71--145

Justin Wenger, Greenwood, Ind. 72-73--145

Payne Gniewek, Austin, Texas 72-73--145

Brandon Hortt, Spring Valley, Calif. 76-69--145

Greg Condon, Orange County, Calif. 70-75--145

Jooho Lee, Republic of Korea 69-77--146

Ryan Siegler, West Windsor, N.J. 71-75--146

Andrew McCain, Minneapolis, Minn. 77-69--146

Benjamin Lein, Diamond Bar, Calif. 74-72--146

Chris Yeom, New Hyde Park, N.Y. 74-72--146

Alex Chiarella, Pukalani, Hawaii 73-73--146

Christopher Schriedel, Helotes, Texas 72-74--146

Christian Dolan, Islip, N.Y. 74-72--146

Tyler Merkel, Evansville, Ind. 72-74--146

Daniel Northington, Austin, Texas 75-71--146

Herbie Aikens, Pembroke, Mass. 73-73--146

Chad Merzbacher, Dublin, Ohio 73-74--147

Peter Kyo Won Koo, Republic of Korea 73-74--147

Ryan Zech, Kearney, Mo. 75-72--147

Scott Strohmeyer, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 76-71--147

Blaze Hogan, Big Rapids, Mich. 70-77--147

Mason Casper, Springville, Utah 76-71--147

Justin Newby, Parker, Texas 77-70--147

Chelso Barrett, Keene, N.H. 70-77--147

Ricky Jones, Rockland, Maine 69-78--147

Trey Ka'ahanui, Tempe, Ariz. 78-70--148

Grant Milling, Springfield, Ill. 70-78--148

Carter Page, Waynesville, N.C. 73-75--148

Ji Soo Park, Republic of Korea 73-75--148

Jon Dutoit, Chaska, Minn. 72-76--148

Mayson Petty, Charlotte, N.C. 73-75--148

Nick Moore, Seaside, Calif. 75-73--148

Joe Migdal, Ballwin, Mo. 74-74--148

Max Tylke, Rosemount, Minn. 72-76--148

Chris Collins, Tucson, Ariz. 74-75--149

Jacob Wilner, Reno, Nev. 73-76--149

Christopher Good, Denver, Colo. 76-73--149

Richard Donegan, Okeechobee, Fla. 76-73--149

Owen Butler, Fitchburg, Wis. 78-71--149

Daniel Chian, Indio, Calif. 76-73--149

Alexander Williamson, The Woodlands, Texas 78-71--149

Nick Pandelena, Atkinson, N.H. 71-78--149

Sean Packer, Auburn, Wash. 74-75--149

Michael Howe, Temecula, Calif. 78-72--150

Mark Sider, Chicago, Ill. 74-76--150

Alex Kline, Ramsey, Minn. 75-75--150

Landon Lyons, Baton Rouge, La. 81-69--150

Carson Stepler, McKinney, Texas 74-77--151

Jon Veneziano, Mt Dora, Fla. 75-76--151

Chris Cassetta, Winston Salem, N.C. 73-78--151

Zach Steffen, Des Moines, Iowa 74-77--151

Julio Vegas, Venezuela 74-77--151

Dennis Holub, Reminderville, Ohio 79-72--151

Nicholas Chianello, Gresham, Ore. 76-75--151

T. J. Shuart, Coral Springs, Fla. 76-76--152

David Griffin, Baton Rouge, La. 74-78--152

Ken Miyata, Kapaa, Hawaii 72-80--152

Mark Valliere, Canada 74-78--152

Chris Igawa, Hilo, Hawaii 76-76--152

Will Brink, Manteca, Calif. 71-81--152

David Cunningham, Park City, Utah 76-77--153

Derrick Bongjun Kim, Republic of Korea 78-75--153

Cory Gladstone, San Diego, Calif. 74-79--153

Tommy Higham, Provo, Utah 78-75--153

Nathan Kerns, Ironton, Ohio 74-79--153

Scott Sheldon, Omaha, Neb. 79-74--153

Jonathan Lai, Hong Kong China 79-75--154

Dalen Yamauchi, Hilo, Hawaii 75-79--154

Trent Wallace, Las Vegas, Nev. 80-74--154

Nick Tremps, Williamsburg, Va. 79-75--154

Lyle Middleton, Conway, Ark. 77-78--155

Trent Karlik, McKees Rocks, Pa. 75-80--155

John Yu, Fresh Meadows, N.Y. 75-81--156

Nikolaj Brons-Piche, Traverse City, Mich. 77-79--156

Jarred Garcia, Jacksonville, Fla. 74-82--156

Nathan Clark, Mason, Mich. 73-83--156

Jamey Salmon, Jacksonville, Fla. 78-78--156

Todd McDaniel, Lexington, Ky. 76-81--157

Sean Clifford, Philadelphia, Pa. 77-80--157

Jonathan Feldkamp, Cincinnati, Ohio 78-80--158

Carter Pool, San Diego, Calif. 81-77--158

Korey Smith, Murfreesboro, Tenn. 80-78--158

John Burke, Sacramento, Calif. 76-82--158

Taylor Montgomery, Las Vegas, Nev. 79-80--159

Mark Buchholz, Cumming, Ga. 77-82--159

Kamrin Allen, Sheridan, Wyo. 86-73--159

Bret Lawrence, Morris, Conn. 81-78--159

Dean Sakata, Diamond Bar, Calif. 80-80--160

David Shields, Philadelphia, Pa. 78-82--160

Michael Sharp, Kendallville, Ind. 77-83--160

Michael Slovitt, Chicago, Ill. 85-77--162

Jim Dufficy, Tinton Falls, N.J. 85-82--167

Kamaiu Johnson, Tallahassee, Fla. 76-WD--WD

Brendan McKinney, Cockeysville, Md. 74-WD--WD

Jacob Harper, Beulah, Ala. 78-WD—WD


Lorton, Va. – Pairings and starting times for the first round of match play at the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship being played at 7,022-yard, par-70 Laurel Hill Golf Club. (All times EDT):

9:10 a.m.              Garrett Rank, Canada  (132) vs. To Be Determined ()

8:00 a.m.              Jon Trasamar, Minneapolis, Minn.  (142) vs. Sean Knapp, Oakmont, Pa.  (142)

8:10 a.m.              Anton Arboleda, La Canada, Calif.  (139) vs. Thomas Lim, Moorpark, Calif.  (144)

8:20 a.m.              Austin Smotherman, Loomis, Calif.  (140) vs. Andy Drohen, Granville, Mass.  (143)

8:30 a.m.              Nicholas Scott, Union, Ohio  (137) vs. Payne Gniewek, Austin, Texas  (145)

8:40 a.m.              Zachary Wright, Phoenix, Ariz.  (141) vs. Mario Clemens, Mexico  (143)

8:50 a.m.              James Erkenbeck, San Diego, Calif.  (137) vs. Justin Wenger, Greenwood, Ind.  (145)

9:00 a.m.              Zac Blair, Ogden, Utah  (141) vs. Brandon Cigna, Arlington, Va.  (143)

9:20 a.m.              Sam Horsfield, United Kingdom  (136) vs. To Be Determined ()

9:30 a.m.              Taeksoo Kim, Republic of Korea  (142) vs. Nick Brothers, Crystal River, Fla.  (142)

9:40 a.m.              Sam Saunders, Albuquerque, N.M.  (139) vs. Ryan Nagy, Raleigh, N.C.  (144)

9:50 a.m.              Zecheng Dou, People's Republic of China  (141) vs. Cameron Harrell, Colorado Springs, Colo.  (143)

10:00 a.m.           Talor Gooch, Midwest City, Okla.  (137) vs. Justin Shin, Canada  (145)

10:10 a.m.           John Oda, Honolulu, Hawaii  (142) vs. Mitchell McLeroy, Mansfield, Texas  (142)

10:20 a.m.           Jordan Niebrugge, Mequon, Wis.  (138) vs. Michael Schmitmeyer, St Marys, Ohio  (144)

10:30 a.m.           Kyle Weldon, St. Louis, Mo.  (141) vs. Paul Misko, Thousand Oaks, Calif.  (143)

10:40 a.m.           Ian Davis, Edmond, Okla.  (134) vs. To Be Determined ()

10:50 a.m.           Trevor Cone, Concord, N.C.  (142) vs. Mark Cusic, California, Md.  (142)

11:00 a.m.           Robby Shelton IV, Wilmer, Ala.  (139) vs. Brett Patterson, McMinnville, Tenn.  (144)

11:10 a.m.           Jonathan Hauter, Morton, Ill.  (140) vs. Derek Fribbs, Boulder, Colo.  (143)

11:20 a.m.           Michael Kim, Del Mar, Calif.  (137) vs. Brandon Hortt, Spring Valley, Calif.  (145)

11:30 a.m.           Lucas Kim, Canada  (142) vs. Ricky Desantis, San Marcos, Calif.  (143)

11:40 a.m.           Kyle Jones, Taylor, Ariz.  (137) vs. Mitchell Rutledge, Creve Coeur, Mo.  (145)

11:50 a.m.           Nick Sherwood, Albany, Ore.  (141) vs. Addison Lambeth, Browns Summit, N.C.  (143)

12:00 p.m.           Eric Sugimoto, San Diego, Calif.  (135) vs. To Be Determined ()

12:10 p.m.           Kevin Josephson, New Britain, Conn.  (142) vs. Tanner Owens, Claremore, Okla.  (142)

12:20 p.m.           Cameron Peck, Olympia, Wash.  (139) vs. Zachary Moore, Orlando, Fla.  (144)

12:30 p.m.           James Glenn, Houston, Texas  (140) vs. George Cunningham, Tucson, Ariz.  (143)

12:40 p.m.           Paul McConnell, Garland, Texas  (137) vs. Sam Straka, Valdosta, Ga.  (145)

12:50 p.m.           Carlson Cox IV, Church Hill, Tenn.  (142) vs. Andrew Bailey, Cleveland, Ohio  (142)

1:00 p.m.             Xander McDonald-Smith, R. Park, N.Y.  (138) vs. Kyle Henning, Brookfield, Wis.  (145)

1:10 p.m.             P. J. Samiere, Kailua, Hawaii  (141) vs. Sean Kelly, Staten Island, N.Y.  (143)