LORTON, Va. (AP) — California junior Michael Kim and Oklahoma State sophomore Jordan Niebrugge each won two matches Friday in hot and humid conditions at Laurel Hill to advance to U.S. Amateur Public Links final.
The 20-year-old Kim, from Del Mar, Calif., beat Robby Shelton IV of Wilmer, Ala., 1 up in the morning quarterfinals, and topped Eric Sugimoto of San Diego 4 and 3 in the afternoon semifinals.
"I didn't make any bogeys in the afternoon round," said Kim, the low amateur in the U.S. Open at Merion after winning the Jack Nicklaus and Fred Haskins awards as the college player of the year. "If you do that, you're going to be tough to beat."
The 19-year-old Niebrugge, from Mequon, Wis., edged 16-year-old Dou Zecheng of China 1 up in the quarterfinals, and beat James Erkenbeck of San Diego 3 and 2 in the semifinals.
"Today was tough," Niebrugge said. "Thirty-six (holes) today (meant) your legs were getting tired, so you had some errant shots, but I just reminded myself about posture and started hitting it a little better. Overall, I played great."
The tournament is limited to players who don't hold privileges at any course that doesn't extend playing privileges to the general public. The winner of the 36-hole final traditionally receives a spot in the Masters, if still an amateur.
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