Thomas medalist at Texas Pub-Links
30 May 2013
by Texas Golf Association

see also: , Tyler Thomas Profile

AUSTIN, Texas (May 30, 2013) -- The 2013 State Public Links Championship got underway on Thursday at Avery Ranch Golf Club in Austin, Texas. The 76 player field started the championship with an 18- hole qualifying round to determine the 32 players who would be moving on to match play. Tee times started at 8:00 AM and went off of #1 and #10 tees.

Tyler Thomas of Beaumont, was the early leader in the clubhouse with a blistering 5-under par, 67, that consisted of seven birdies and two bogeys. Being in the first group, Thomas held the lead all day and was eventually named Medalist for the qualifying. Josh Cole of Texarkana finished three shots back of Thomas with a 2- under par, 70. Coles round consisted of 4 birdies, and two bogeys. Other notable rounds were Chris Shive, Chris Wheeler, Jared Cornish, and Scott Smith who tied for third with solid rounds of even par, 72.

At the end of the day, six players were left tied for the last three match play spots. Joshua Aguilar, Bryan Neuhaus, Jon Glover, Juan Gutierrez, Trey Caldwell, and Bill Odom all shot 5-over par, 77, and returned to the 18th tee for a sudden death playoff. In a situation that could have lasted a lot longer, only one hole was needed to determine the final three match play participants. Aquilar, Neuhaus, and Glover all made par on the difficult closing hole to secure a place in the match play bracket.

Moving into match play, players were seeded according to their qualifying positions. The Round of 32 matches will get underway Friday morning at 7:30 AM off of the first tee at Avery Ranch Golf Club. Winners of their matches will have time to grab lunch and then will be heading back out onto the course starting at 1:00 PM for the Round of 16 matches. Quarterfinal matches will be held Saturday morning at 7:30 AM, followed by the Semifinal matches at 12:30 PM. The Public Links Final Match will be held on Sunday morning, starting at 7:30 AM. The match play bracket and scoring are available online at www.txga.org.

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