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USGA 81st. U.S. Amateur Public Links - Facts & Figures

PAR AND YARDAGE — The Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club will play at 7,061 yards and a par of 36-36—72.

COURSE SET-UP – USGA Course Rating for APL Championship at Gold Mountain Golf Club is 75.6 and USGA SLOPE Rating is 143.

Teeing ground – perennial ryegrass/Poa annua; Height of grass – 0.375”

Fairways and approaches – perennial ryegrass/Poa annua; Height of grass – 0.375”

Putting greens – creeping bentgrass/Poa annua; Height of grass – 0.10 inch with a speed of 11 feet on USGA stimpmeter

Rough – perennial ryegrass/fine fescue; Height of grass – 3 inches

ARCHITECT – The Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club was designed by John Harbottle III and opened in 1996. Gold Mountain Golf Club is owned by the city of Bremerton.

WASHINGTON AND THE APL – Although Gold Mountain is hosting its first APL and first USGA championship, this is the fourth time the championship is being contested in Washington. The 1984 Amateur Public Links Championship was held at Indian Canyon Golf Club (Spokane); the 1953 championship was played at West Seattle Golf Club; and the 1967 event was played at Jefferson Park Golf Club (Seattle).

GROUPINGS AND STARTING TIMES – Pairings and starting times will be posted on the USGA Web site at www.usga.org or at www.portorchardindependent.com.

WWW.USGA.ORG/CHAMPIONSHIPS — Log on to the USGA Internet site (www.usga.org/championships) for the latest U.S. Amateur Public Links information during the championship.

THE FIELD – A total of 4,739 contestants entered the 2006 championship. The record of 6,300 was set in 1998. 156 will begin play Monday.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY – Monday and Tuesday – Stroke-play qualifying, 18 holes, (field reduced to the lowest 64 players, who advance to match play).

Wednesday – First round, 18 holes, match play.

Thursday – Second and third round, 18 holes, match play.

Friday – Quarterfinals and semifinals, 18 holes, match play.

Saturday – Final, 36 holes, match play. Awards ceremony following play.

DEFENDING CHAMPION – Clay Ogden, 20, of West Point, Utah, rallied from a four-hole deficit after the first nine holes of the 36-hole final match to defeat Chile’s Martin Ureta, 1 up, to win the 2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio. Ureta held the lead or was all square for the first 33 holes of the match. But Ogden birdied the 34th to take a 1-up lead and after the two players halved the 35th and 36th holes, Ogden had a 1-up victory, and the trophy. On his way to the title, Ogden, who just completed his junior year at Brigham Young University, eliminated Michelle Wie of Honolulu, Hawaii. Wie, the first female to ever qualify for a USGA championship which traditionally had only male players in the field, advanced through three rounds at the 2005 APL before Ogden defeated her, 5 and 4, in the quarterfinals.

Ogden will return to defend his title at the 2006 championship.

ADMISSION – Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.

FOR THE WINNER – The champion receives:

A gold medal and custody of the James D. Standish Jr. Cup for one year.

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 2006 U.S. Amateur.

An exemption from sectional qualifying for the 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur, if otherwise eligible.

An invitation to compete in the next Masters Tournament, if still an amateur.

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