LORTON, VA – Junior Michael Kim advanced to match play at the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship following the conclusion Tuesday of 36 holes of stroke play over the past two days at the par-72, 7,022-yard Laurel Hill Golf Club. Kim finished the stroke play portion of the tournament tied for fifth, with the low 64 scores from the 156 golfers in the championship field moving on to match play starting Wednesday.
Kim (69-68 – 137, -3) fired a two-under par round of 68 on Tuesday and finished five shots behind stroke-play medalist Garrett Rank. Kim’s round Tuesday consisted of three birdies and one bogey. He would birdie both the par-four seventh and 13th holes for the second consecutive day and added another on the par-three 14th. His lone bogey came on the par-three 16th.
Kim will face Brandon Hortt in the first round of match play Wednesday with their match starting at 11:20 a.m. ET/8:20 a.m. PT.
“I’m just glad I made it match play,” Kim said. “I’m looking forward to playing Brandon, who I grew up playing against in the San Diego area. You never know with match play so I’m going to do my best and see what happens.”
Six rounds of match play over the next four days will determine the champion of the event with Wednesday’s first round of being followed by second and third-round action Thursday, quarterfinals and semifinals Friday, and a 36-hole championship match Saturday.
Kim, who reached the Round of 16 at the event in 2012, qualified for the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship by being ranked among the top 75 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking as of the closing dates for entries on May 22 and was one of 11 players fully exempt from qualifying.