Ben Bryson Qualifies for U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship

July 7, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University golfer Ben Bryson has qualified for the 2004 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

Bryson, an incoming senior from Reno, Nev., qualified for the championship after finishing first at the Reno, Nev. sectional qualifier June 22. Bryson shot a two round total of 145 at the Wolf Run Golf Course, winning the qualifier by two strokes. The Reno, Nev. qualifier was one of 70 held around the country.

The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship will be held at the Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minn., July 12-17. Playing at 7,132 yards, the par-72 Rush Creek Golf Club will be the longest course in the championship's history.

The field of 156 golfers will compete in stroke play competition during the first two days. After 36 holes, the field will then be cut down to 64 players, and match play will commence until a champion has been crowned. Each match will consist of 18 holes, except for the championship match, which will be 36 holes.

Live scoring of the championship will be available at

The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship is open to amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1, 2004, have been bona fide public course players and have not held privileges of any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public, or privileges of any private club maintaining its own course and hold a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 8.4. A bona fide public course player may hold incidental privileges of a course not open to the public when such privileges are provided by (1) an educational institution at which he is a student, or (2) a federal armed service of which he is member, or (3) an industry by which he is employed.

The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship was developed in 1922 as a grass-roots competition to give public-course players an opportunity to play in a national championship who might not otherwise have the opportunity to do so.

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