Taylor Leads 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links After First Round

July 13, 2009

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Norman, Okla. -- Husky golfer Nick Taylor shot a 5-under 66 on Monday at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship to take the first round lead. Taylor made six birdies and just one bogey at the par-71, 7,289-yard Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.

Taylor, who won the Sahalee Players Championships on July 4, continued his incredible summer with an especially hot second nine, where he shot a 4-under 31.

'I hit it really well today, and I think I hit every fairway, which definitely helps staying out of the Bermuda rough,' said Taylor. 'I only missed one green and all my birdies were close putts. I was just trying to keep it in the fairway and not be too aggressive.'

Taylor concluded his first nine with a birdie on the 584-yard par-5 18th (he began his round on hole 10), and then catapulted himself into the lead with three straight birdies on holes 3-5. He nearly holed a sand wedge shot for eagle on the 328-yard par-4 third, hit an 8-iron to 4 feet on the 464-yard par-4 fourth, and sank an 8-foot birdie putt on the 621-yard par-5 fifth.

Taylor added a birdie on the longest par-4 on the course - the 505-yard eighth hole -to outpace recent University of New Mexico graduate Nick Geyer's 4-under 67 by one stroke.

The second round of stroke play qualifying is scheduled to finish on Tuesday. The low 64 scorers will advance to the match play portion of the championship, which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday and conclude on Saturday.

The U.S. Amateur Public Links, established in 1922 for bona fide public course players, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Information from this story was taken from David Normoyle and Dave Fanucchi of the USGA Communications staff.

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