EAST LANSING, Mich. - Rising junior Jack Newman made a name for himself on the national stage this afternoon, winning the 83rd United States Amateur Public Links Championship. Newman beat John Chin, the 2008 Big West Player of the Year at UC-Irvine, 5&3 in Saturday’s scheduled 36-hole final at Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora, Colo.
Newman fell behind two after the first four holes, but went on to win three of the next four holes to claim a 1-up lead. Chin responded by taking two of the next four to retake the advantage through 12 holes. Newman would birdie the 14th and 16th holes to take a 1-up lead he would not relinquish going into the midway point.
The first eight holes on the second 18 were tight as Newman won the 19th and Chin won the 23rd to keep the score at 1-up for Newman. However, that is where Newman took over, winning the next three holes to take a commanding 4-up lead with seven holes to play. After halving the next two holes, Newman put the match away with a birdie on the 33rd hole to win the title.
Newman, a second team All-Big Ten selection this past spring, was the 20th seed in the 64-player match play field, after an even par 142 (71-71) in the stroke play portion of the championship. Newman beat Ryan McDonald, 3&2 in his first round bout on Wednesday.
The Des Moines, Iowa, native followed with one of the biggest upsets of the tournament as he went 21 holes to upset Billy Horschel, a three-time All-American at Florida and the No. 2-ranked golfer in the current Golfweek/Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking, on Thursday. In his second match of the day, Newman cruied to a 5&3 win over Kelly Kretz to advance to the quarterfinals.
On Friday, Newman began with another marathon matchup, this time needing 24 holes to beat Corey Nagy, a 2007 semifinalist and 2008 All-American at Charlotte.. Coming back on short 35-minute rest, Newman took an early lead and held on for a 3&1 win over Cason Hammock.
Newman will receive a gold medal and custody of the James D. Standish Jr. Cup for one year. In addition, they have a 10-year exemption from sectional qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, an exemption from local qualifying for the next three U.S. Open Championships, an exemption from sectional qualifying for the 2008 and 2009 U.S. Amateur, an exemption from sectional qualifying for the 2008 and 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur and a likely invitation to compete in the next Masters Tournament, if still an amateur.