Frame Wins Opening Match at Public Links
July 15, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - Washington State University incoming freshman Hank Frame was victorious in the opening round of match-play format at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship Wednesday, at the par-71, 7,289-yard Jimmie Austin/OU Golf Club.
Playing as the No. 24 seed following two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, Frame, a graduate of University High in Spokane, Wash., defeated 56th-seeded Robert Riesen four-and-three.
'I played more consistently today than yesterday when I shot 77,' Frame said. 'I didn't make as many putts as I did in the first round, but my iron play was more solid. I just hit it on the green, made some putts here and there, and that got me the win.'
Frame will face No. 9 seed Wesley Bryan at 7:27 a.m. (CDT) Thursday. Should he advance, Frame would play a second match Thursday, against either Tom Whitney (No. 25) or Chris Polski (No. 57) at 12:40 p.m.
'Tomorrow should be a great day,' Frame said. 'I get to tee off early and stay out of the heat for the first match. I am looking forward it.'
Of the 155 golfers in the field, only 64 make it to match-play. Frame qualified for the tournament by winning the eastern Washington qualifier last month at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash.
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. If still an amateur, the winner of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship earns an invitation to compete in the next Masters Tournament.