USGA Publinx: Title goes to 22-year-old Texan Knost

Wheaton, Ill. — Colt Knost, 22, of Dallas, Texas, won the first three holes and never looked back in posting a 6-and-4 victory on Saturday over 18-year-old Cody Paladino of Kensington, Conn., in the championship match of the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Cantigny Golf.

Knost, a recent graduate of Southern Methodist University where he earned third-team All-America honors this past season, played the equivalent of 6-under-par golf – with the usual match-play concessions – over the 32 holes of the scheduled 36-hole final. In six matches, Knost registered just seven bogeys and over the final two days of the competition, a total of 66 holes, he was the equivalent of 13 under par.

The win gave Knost exemptions into the 2007 and ’08 U.S. Amateur and a likely invitation to the 2008 Masters Tournament provided he remains an amateur.

Results For U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship
WinTXColt KnostDallas, TX1000
Runner-upCTCody PaladinoKensington, CT700
SemifinalsNCCorey NagyCharlotte, NC500
SemifinalsFLDerek FathauerJensen Beach, FL500
QuarterfinalsKYAndy RobertsOwensboro, KY400

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ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur Public Links

The U.S. Amateur Public Links is one of 13 national championships conducted by the USGA. It is designed for players who do not have playing privileges at a private club. See USGA website for details and complete description of eligibility requirements.

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