Cohlmia’s 67 Leads After First Round At 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links

Mitch Cohlmia of Tulsa, Okla., fired a 5-under 67 to lead after the first round of stroke play at the 81st U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, being played at the par-72, 7,061-yard Gold Mountain Golf Club.

The 21-year-old Cohlmia played a bogey-free round to take a one-stroke lead over J.C. Horne, 18, of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Ben Fox, 18, of Studio City, Calif. Finishing two strokes back were 2005 APL runner-up Martin Ureta, 20, of Chile and Justin Metzger, 21, of Knoxville, Tenn.

Cohlmia, who will be a senior at the University of Tulsa in the fall, needed just 27 putts in his first round.

“My putter was pretty spectacular,” said Cohlmia, who is playing in his first USGA event.

He’s got the inside track for medalist honors, but that wasn’t his focus heading into the round.

“I wasn’t really thinking about shooting a real low number today,” he said. “My goal was just to make pars and play safe. I wasn’t in the mindset to win medalist.

“I’m just trying to get my game ready for match play. I don’t want to wear myself out in these two rounds. But if it just so happens that I win medalist, that would be great. I haven’t won anything in a while.”

Horne, also playing in his first USGA event, recorded an eagle and four birdies en route to a 4-under 68.

“I was hoping to just come out and shoot somewhere around par or maybe one over,” he said. “It just gives me some cushion for tomorrow.”

The highlight of Horne’s round came on the par-5, 513-yard 14th hole, when he hit a 4-iron from 225 yards to six feet and made the putt for eagle. Outside of a double bogey on the seventh hole, the only problem Horne had was his attire – with temperature in the low 60s, he played in a short-sleeved shirt and shorts. For the Florida native, it made for a chilly round.

“I’m going to have to find some long pants somehow for tomorrow,” said Horne. “I had a rain jacket that I put on between shots but it really didn’t do much.”

Fox’s opening round was bolstered by a stretch of six birdies in seven holes. He ended with seven birdies and three bogeys to finish one back.

Defending champion Clay Ogden, 21, of West Point, Utah, stood three over par after nine holes but came back to finish at 1-over 73. A year ago, he needed to survive a playoff to advance to match play.

“I have a lot more confidence in my golf game now than I did a year ago,” Ogden said.

Among those who finished the first round under par were 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Sihwan Kim, 17, of Buena Park, Calif., and 2005 USA Walker Cupper Anthony Kim, 21, of Traverse City, Mich. Another U.S. Junior Amateur champion, 2001 winner Henry Liaw, 20, of Rowland Heights, Calif., recorded a 1-over 73.

There were two holes-in-one on the 202-yard par-3 eighth hole, by Roy Holdeman, 19, of Anthony, N.M., and Jonathan Pauli, 22, of St. Johns, Mich.

The second round of stroke play will be played Tuesday before the field is trimmed to the low 64 scorers who will advance to match play. The first round of match play will be played Wednesday and the championship runs through Saturday’s 36-hole final match.

The U.S. Amateur Public Links is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Results after the first round of stroke play Monday at the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, being held at the 7,061-yard, par-72 Gold Mountain Golf Club:

Mitch Cohlmia, Tulsa, Okla., 34-33--67

Ben Fox, Studio City, Calif., 36-32--68

J.C. Horne, Daytona Beach, Fla., 36-32--68

Justin Metzger, Knoxville, Tenn., 35-34--69

Martin Ureta, Chile, 34-35--69

Derek Fathauer, Jensen Beach, Fla., 35-35--70

John Cassidy, Yelm, Wash., 36-34--70

Lindsay Renolds, Canada, 34-36--70

Scotty Jones, East Palestine, Ohio, 33-37--70

Tyler Trout, Leawood, Kan., 36-34--70

Adam Wynia, Sioux Falls, S.D., 36-35--71

Anthony Kim, Traverse City, Mich., 35-36--71

Jesse Schutte, Florence, Ore., 33-38--71

Nicholas Van Vuuren, South Africa, 36-35--71

Raymond Sheedy, Keymar, Md., 34-37--71

Sihwan Kim, Buena Park, Calif., 34-37--71

Zachary Sebert, Columbus, Ohio, 36-35--71

Billy Horschel, Grant, Fla., 35-37--72

Casey Watabu, Kapaa, Hawaii, 38-34--72

Cory Segall, La Jolla, Calif., 37-35--72

Daniel Im, Fullerton, Calif., 37-35--72

David Johnson, Melbourne, Fla., 35-37--72

Derrick Whiting, Alexandria, Minn., 35-37--72

Josh Wilks, Tucson, Ariz., 36-36--72

Sean Maekawa, Paauilo, Hawaii, 37-35--72

Tze Huang Choo, Singapore, 36-36--72

William Mitchell, Roswell, Ga., 36-36--72

Brent Paladino, Kensington, Conn., 36-37--73

Brian Carroll, Crystal Lake, Ill., 37-36--73

Clay Ogden, West Point, Utah, 39-34--73

Henry Liaw, Rowland Hts, Calif., 37-36--73

Jeff Daniels, Harrisburg, Pa., 35-38--73

Keegan Bradley, Jackson, Wyo., 37-36--73

Kyle Ritchie, Corning, Iowa, 40-33--73

Lucas Lee, Brazil, 38-35--73

Raymond Wooten, Clemson, S.C., 37-36--73

Terrence Miskell, New Braunfels, Texas, 36-37--73

Zack Byrd, Calabash, N.C., 36-37--73

Andrew Yun, Tacoma, Wash., 39-35--74

Brad Hastings, Easton, Md., 36-38--74

Brandon Pike, Huntington, Ind., 36-38--74

Brodie Flanders, Canada, 38-36--74

Charles Soule, Longmont, Colo., 39-35--74

David Palm, Jacksonville, Fla., 40-34--74

Derek Berg, Duvall, Wash., 39-35--74

Derek Busby, Ruston, La., 36-38--74

Hernan Borja, Kingwood, Texas, 37-37--74

Kevin Foley, Somerville, N.J., 37-37--74

Kevin Larsen, Santa Barbara, Calif., 37-37--74

Matt Brantingham, Richmond, Va., 37-37--74

Nick Kwaterski, Baileys Harbor, Wis., 36-38--74

Nick Travers, Boise, Idaho, 37-37--74

Robert Reed, Claremont, N.H., 39-35--74

Rory Hie, Los Angeles, Calif., 38-36--74

Tim Feenstra, Lynden, Wash., 38-36--74

Brad Marek, Arlington Heights, Ill., 38-37--75

Bryan Haase, Interlochen, Mich., 40-35--75

James Hockman, Norfolk, Va., 38-37--75

James Vargas, Miami, Fla., 39-36--75

Jerre Maynor Jr, Nashville, Tenn., 37-38--75

John Streibich, Cincinnati, Ohio, 37-38--75

Jonathan Pauli, St Johns, Mich., 37-38--75

Kane Hanson, Detroit Lakes, Minn., 39-36--75

Mark Sommerfeld, Canada, 40-35--75

Matt Savage, Louisville, Ky., 37-38--75

Matt Spicer, Keller, Texas, 39-36--75

Michael Barbosa, St Petersburg, Fla., 36-39--75

Tadd Fujikawa, Honolulu, Hawaii, 37-38--75

Tarik Can, Augusta, Ga., 38-37--75

Adam Rainaud, S Hadley, Mass., 39-37--76

Andy Mack, Itasca, Ill., 37-39--76

Brian Davidson, Baldwin, Ga., 37-39--76

Chad Cooper, Lafayette, Ind., 41-35--76

Cole Moreland, Austin, Texas, 38-38--76

Jay Lindell, Lakewood, N.Y., 37-39--76

Kevin Wentworth, Arnold, Calif., 39-37--76

Michael Koreski, Parkersburg, W.Va., 37-39--76

Nick Geyer, Malibu, Calif., 40-36--76

Phillip Bryan, Mustang, Okla., 38-38--76

Roy Holdeman, El Paso, Texas, 37-39--76

Travis Meyer, River Falls, Wis., 40-36--76

Zeke Reyna, Weslaco, Texas, 37-39--76

Conor O'Brien, Weatogue, Conn., 40-37--77

D J Lewin, Hollywood, Fla., 40-37--77

Dayton Rose, Oklahoma City, Okla., 37-40--77

Dennis Kwon, Rockville, Md., 39-38--77

Herbie Aikens, Pembroke, Mass., 39-38--77

Jeff Berkshire, Phoenix, Ariz., 40-37--77

Jesse Massie, Louisville, Ky., 42-35--77

Matt Harmon, Grand Rapids, Mich., 39-38--77

Nicklaus Newcomb, Benton, Ky., 35-42--77

Raul Cortes, Mexico, 37-40--77

Rodney Hamblin Jr, Saint Paul, Minn., 39-38--77

Ryan Keeney, Redmond, Wash., 40-37--77

Seth Hirschhorn, Willingboro, N.J., 38-39--77

Tye Alexander, Los Angeles, Calif., 35-42--77

Tyler Neal, Tucson, Ariz., 35-42--77

Andy Choi, Orlando, Fla., 41-37--78

Chip Knuckey, Springfield, Ohio, 37-41--78

Daniel Arvanitis, Manchester, N.H., 39-39--78

Daniel Manselle, O'Fallon, Mo., 42-36--78

Derek Tolan, Highlands Ranch, Colo., 35-43--78

Garrett Medeiros, Rumford, R.I., 39-39--78

Greg Buckway, West Jordan, Utah, 39-39--78

Jonathan Lenz, San Antonio, Texas, 39-39--78

Mark Harrell, Hazlehurst, Ga., 38-40--78

Mark Wentz, Milwaukee, Wis., 40-38--78

Michael King, Livonia, Mich., 41-37--78

Ricky Montanez, Helendale, Calif., 38-40--78

Andrew Sledge, Houma, La., 36-43--79

Anthony Martire, Absecon, N.J., 40-39--79

Bobby Fox, Chester, Conn., 40-39--79

Eric Daniel, Dorchester, Mass., 40-39--79

Federico Cabrera, Argentina, 39-40--79

Jack Newman, Des Moines, Iowa, 41-38--79

Jay Poletiek, Portland, Ore., 37-42--79

John Finnin, Crete, Ill., 39-40--79

Matt Miller, Bloomington, Ill., 41-38--79

Micah Burke, Los Angeles, Calif., 42-37--79

Nicholas Park, Ithaca, N.Y., 40-39--79

Scott Turner, Palm City, Fla., 40-39--79

Vance Welch, Cross Creek, Md., 37-42--79

Billy Thompson, Great Falls, Mont., 41-39--80

Jacob Scott, Strongsville, Ohio, 39-41--80

Joseph Prince, Chula Vista, Calif., 40-40--80

Kevin Shimomura, Lahaina, Hawaii, 40-40--80

Matthew Berzovich, Longwood, Fla., 40-40--80

Steve White, Jackson, Wyo., 38-42--80

Adam Frey, Cypress, Calif., 40-41--81

Bradley Leeper, Chapel Hill, N.C., 40-41--81

Chan Kim, Honolulu, Hawaii, 42-39--81

Jeffrey Franks, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 39-42--81

Matt Briggs, San Antonio, Texas, 41-40--81

Nathan Stamey, Canton, N.C., 41-40--81

Ron Mangold, Pocahontas, Ark., 40-41--81

Danny Brown, Buffalo Grove, Ill., 43-39--82

Devin Schreiner, Durango, Colo., 42-40--82

Lee Sakugawa, Wailuku, Hawaii, 42-40--82

Michael Bielawski, West Allis, Wis., 41-41--82

Nathan Wine, Ft Wayne, Ind., 39-43--82

Paul Atchison, Augusta, Ga., 41-41--82

Robb Bierbaum, Albuquerque, N.M., 37-45--82

Sumeet Arora, Woodridge, Ill., 41-41--82

Brandon Kaiser, Anchorage, Alaska, 42-41--83

David Dankmyer, Gibsonia, Pa., 44-39--83

Nicholas Sheedy, Burlington, Iowa, 41-42--83

Brad Dearsman, Clyde, Ohio, 39-45--84

Keegan Fennessy, Minot, Maine, 41-43--84

Scott Hess, Santa Rosa, Calif., 43-41--84

Peter Krsnich, Wichita, Kan., 41-44--85

Rick Burwig, Portland, Ore., 40-46--86

Rocky Manning, Greensboro, N.C., 41-45--86

Kevin Horan, Marina Del Rey, Calif., 48-39--87

Brian Bergstol, Mount Bethel, Pa., 41-48--89

Kurt Valley, Bay City, Mich., 48-45--93

Ben Smock, San Antonio, Texas, DQ

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