After shooting an 80 in the opening round of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, LaPlata’s Brent Martin seemed destined to miss the cut. But Tuesday at Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center (N.C.), Martin made a spectacular recovery, firing a 5-under-par 66 to advance to match play. The 22-year-old Martin, an All-Big South Conference player at Winthrop in 2008, made five birdies in his back nine 32 to get safely under the projected cutline, with one stroke to spare, before play was suspended with approximately 20 players on the course. Other locals weren’t as fortunate. Jeff Lim-Sharpe of Silver Spring (79-76 – 155) and Tom Hanna (88-74 – 162), who plays for his father at the University of Maryland, will not make it to match play. Georgia Tech senior John Tyler-Griffin (66-67 – 133), playing his home state, was assured of winning medalist honors. He was the medalist last summer in U.S. Amateur qualifying at Westwood. Sixty-four advance to match-play Wednesday-Saturday in Greensboro.
Martin recovers in Public Links
July 13, 2010 - 12:00 AM