Oklahoma State golfer Jordan Niebrugge wins U.S. Amateur Public Links

Oklahoma State sophomore Jordan Niebrugge won the U.S. Amateur Public Links on Saturday at Laurel Hill, beating California junior Michael Kim 1 up in the 36-hole final. The winner traditionally receives a spot in the Masters, if still an amateur.
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: July 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm •  Published: July 20, 2013
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—Jordan Niebrugge hasn't put a lot of thought into exactly what it will be like to play in the Masters. The Oklahoma State sophomore just knows he'll have a far better view of the course next year.

Niebrugge won the U.S. Amateur Public Links on Saturday at Laurel Hill, beating University of California junior Michael Kim 1 up in the 36-hole final, with the winner traditionally receiving a spot in the Masters — if still an amateur

“It's just a dream come true for any golfer,” Niebrugge said.

“This past year after our win at Dallas, the team, we were driving back and we were obsessed with watching the Masters — we got it online. We watched it in the van on the way home — it was five or six hours.”

The 19-year-old Niebrugge, from Mequon, Wis., was 1 up after the morning round and increased the margin to four in the first six holes in the afternoon.

“I thought if I went and played the course like I did all week, I thought I'd have a chance in the end and that's kind of where I ended up,” said Niebrugge.

Niebrugge trailed after only two of his 114 holes in six rounds of match play.

Kim, the 20-year-old Walker Cup player from Del Mar, Calif., rallied with birdie wins on the 27th and 30th holes.

Niebrugge went without a bogey until the 31st hole when he three-putted and had his lead cut to one.

“He only made one bogey in 36 holes, so I knew I had to make birdies to win holes and fell one or two short,” Kim said. “I lost in the round of 16 last year, so I have to keep improving and we'll see what happens next year.”