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July 21, 2013

Oklahoma St. golfer wins U.S. Amateur Public Links

LORTON, Va. — 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.”

On the 33rd, Niebrugge matched Kim’s birdie to maintain the one-hole lead.

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