Tremps Qualifies for U.S. Pub Links Championship
June 24, 2014
Williamsburg, Va. – Rising junior men’s golfer Nick Tremps (Williamsburg, Va.) shot 3-over-par 147 in 36-hole qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship conducted on Monday at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club’s Green Course.
After shooting 5-over 77 in the morning session, Tremps shot a qualifying-best 2-under 70 after lunch, accounting for the low round in qualifying on a demanding day for scoring complete with soft conditions and the course playing nearly 7,100 yards.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship visits Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan., July 14-19. This year’s APL signals the last time the event will be conducted.
Scoring was so difficult that Tremps’ 77 in the morning was the second low aggregate before going on to the second 18 after the break. He was five over par through the first six holes of the qualifier, but recovered. Tremps hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation in the afternoon and registered three birdies against a bogey to earn medalist honors and outdistance the first alternate by six strokes.
“It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be,” Tremps said. “I knew that if I stayed patient, kept the ball in front of me and limited my mistakes, that it would help me out and evidently it did.”
Tremps qualified for APL for a third time in the past four years, having also reached the national championship in 2011 and again last year. He has not qualified for match play, but is hoping for a strong performance in the event’s finale.
“That was motivation going into the qualifier,” Tremps said. “I’m sure it’s going to be quite the event, so I’m excited. Hopefully, the third time is a charm.”
The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, open to amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1, 2014, have been bona fide public-course players and who hold a USGA Handicap IndexÂ® not exceeding 4.4, is one of 13 championships conducted by the USGA. Ten are strictly for amateurs.