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Cohlmia, Metzger share medalist honors at 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links

Mitch Cohlmia, 21, of Tulsa, Okla., and Justin Metzger, 21, of Knoxville, Tenn., each shot 7-under-par 137s to share stroke-play medalist honors after Tuesday’s second round at the 81st U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, being played at the par-72, 7,061-yard Gold Mountain Golf Club.

Cohlmia, the first-round leader, followed up his opening 67 with a 3-under 70. He started with two bogeys in his first three holes Tuesday but came back with four birdies over the rest of his round, punctuated with one at the par-4, 324-yard 18th hole when he hit his approach shot from 120 yards to three feet.

The key to success for Cohlmia has been avoiding big mistakes.

“I didn’t short-side myself nearly at all this week, at least so far, which makes it easy to get up and down,” said Cohlmia. “Not a lot of pressure putts. It seemed like if I missed the green, it was a pretty easy chip – I chipped it to a couple feet and made it.”

Matching Cohlmia at 137 was Metzger, who had a somewhat wild second round, with an eagle, six birdies and four bogeys en route to a 4-under 68. The highlight came on the par-5, 563-yard sixth hole, when he chipped in from 25 yards off the green for eagle.

This is the second Amateur Public Links for Metzger, who lost in the second round a year ago. While he relishes his status as medalist, he knows it isn’t crucial.

“Last year Clay (Ogden) won and he was the 63rd seed so it doesn’t really matter,” said Metzger, who won the Tennessee State Open in May. “You might have a slight intimidation factor if you’re playing someone who’s higher seeded than you and they’re playing well that week. But it really doesn’t matter in match play because you can run into anybody who can throw up a string of birdies and then there you go.”

Ogden, 21, the defending champion from West Point, Utah, had four birdies and a double bogey en route to a 2-under 70. He easily advanced to match play, unlike the 2005 championship, where he was in the playoff and was the second-to-last player to advance.

Martin Ureta, 20, of Chile, the 2005 APL runner-up, had a chance to grab a share of medalist honors after an eagle on the par-5, 513-yard 14th hole put him within a stroke of the lead. On the 18th, his 35-foot downhill putt stopped within two inches of the hole.

“I would have loved to win it but I’m in a good position for match play,” said Ureta, who finished with his second consecutive 3-under 69. “I putted very well and that’s good for match play on this golf course.”

J.C. Horne, 18, of Daytona Beach, Fla., finished two strokes back after posting a 1-under 71, and John Cassidy, 24, of Yelm, Wash., finished three back after posting back-to-back 2-under 70s.

Among those also advancing to match play were 2001 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Henry Liaw, 20, of Rowland Heights, Calif., 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur winner Sihwan Kim, 17, of Buena Park, Calif., and 2005 USA Walker Cupper Anthony Kim, 21, of Traverse City, Mich.

The first round of match play for the 2006 APL will be played Wednesday. The second and third rounds are scheduled for Thursday and the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be played Friday. The championship concludes with 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 second round of stroke play Tuesday at the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at the 7,061-yard, par-72 Gold Mountain Golf Club (* = in playoff, with playoff scores):

Justin Metzger, Knoxville, Tenn., 69-68--137

Mitch Cohlmia, Tulsa, Okla., 67-70--137

Martin Ureta, Chile, 69-69--138

J.C. Horne, Daytona Beach, Fla., 68-71--139

John Cassidy, Yelm, Wash., 70-70--140

Lindsay Renolds, Canada, 70-71--141

Scotty Jones, East Palestine, Ohio, 70-71--141

Brian Carroll, Crystal Lake, Ill., 73-69--142

Derek Berg, Duvall, Wash., 74-68--142

Jeff Daniels, Harrisburg, Pa., 73-69--142

Zack Byrd, Calabash, N.C., 73-69--142

Anthony Kim, Traverse City, Mich., 71-72--143

Ben Fox, Studio City, Calif., 68-75--143

Brodie Flanders, Canada, 74-69--143

Clay Ogden, West Point, Utah, 73-70--143

Derek Fathauer, Jensen Beach, Fla., 70-73--143

Tze Huang Choo, Singapore, 72-71--143

Henry Liaw, Rowland Hts, Calif., 73-71--144

Matt Harmon, Grand Rapids, Mich., 77-67--144

Raymond Sheedy, Keymar, Md., 71-73--144

Rory Hie, Los Angeles, Calif., 74-70--144

Sihwan Kim, Buena Park, Calif., 71-73--144

Adam Wynia, Sioux Falls, S.D., 71-74--145

Brent Paladino, Kensington, Conn., 73-72--145

Cory Segall, La Jolla, Calif., 72-73--145

Matt Savage, Louisville, Ky., 75-70--145

Brad Hastings, Easton, Md., 74-72--146

Charles Soule, Longmont, Colo., 74-72--146

Derek Busby, Ruston, La., 74-72--146

Jerre Maynor Jr, Nashville, Tenn., 75-71--146

Kevin Foley, Somerville, N.J., 74-72--146

Kevin Larsen, Santa Barbara, Calif., 74-72--146

Tadd Fujikawa, Honolulu, Hawaii, 75-71--146

Zachary Sebert, Columbus, Ohio, 71-75--146

Chad Cooper, Lafayette, Ind., 76-71--147

Daniel Im, Fullerton, Calif., 72-75--147

Derrick Whiting, Alexandria, Minn., 72-75--147

Kane Hanson, Detroit Lakes, Minn., 75-72--147

Kyle Ritchie, Corning, Iowa, 73-74--147

Tarik Can, Augusta, Ga., 75-72--147

Tim Feenstra, Lynden, Wash., 74-73--147

William Mitchell, Roswell, Ga., 72-75--147

Andrew Yun, Tacoma, Wash., 74-74--148

Billy Horschel, Grant, Fla., 72-76--148

Casey Watabu, Kapaa, Hawaii, 72-76--148

James Hockman, Norfolk, Va., 75-73--148

Jesse Schutte, Florence, Ore., 71-77--148

Keegan Bradley, Jackson, Wyo., 73-75--148

Michael Barbosa, St Petersburg, Fla., 75-73--148

Sean Maekawa, Paauilo, Hawaii, 72-76--148

Terrence Miskell, New Braunfels, Texas, 73-75--148

Cole Moreland, Austin, Texas, 76-73--149

Derek Tolan, Highlands Ranch, Colo., 78-71--149

Jesse Massie, Louisville, Ky., 77-72--149

Josh Wilks, Tucson, Ariz., 72-77--149

Lucas Lee, Brazil, 73-76--149

*Ryan Keeney, Redmond, Wash., 77-73--150 (3)

*Jay Lindell, Lakewood, N.Y., 76-74--150 (4)

*Hernan Borja, Kingwood, Texas, 74-76--150 (4)

*Brandon Pike, Huntington, Ind., 74-76--150 (4)

*Brad Marek, Arlington Heights, Ill., 75-75--150 (5)

*Joseph Prince, Chula Vista, Calif., 80-70--150 (5)

*Kevin Wentworth, Arnold, Calif., 76-74--150 (5)

*Jeff Berkshire, Phoenix, Ariz., 77-73--150 (5)

Failed to Qualify

*Nicholas Van Vuuren, South Africa, 71-79--150 (6)

*Tyler Trout, Leawood, Kan., 70-80--150 (7)

Adam Rainaud, S Hadley, Mass., 76-75--151

James Vargas, Miami, Fla., 75-76--151

John Streibich, Cincinnati, Ohio, 75-76--151

Jonathan Pauli, St Johns, Mich., 75-76--151

Nick Geyer, Malibu, Calif., 76-75--151

Nick Kwaterski, Baileys Harbor, Wis., 74-77--151

Robert Reed, Claremont, N.H., 74-77--151

Tye Alexander, Los Angeles, Calif., 77-74--151

Andy Mack, Itasca, Ill., 76-76--152

Bryan Haase, Interlochen, Mich., 75-77--152

David Johnson, Melbourne, Fla., 72-80--152

Federico Cabrera, Argentina, 79-73--152

Jay Poletiek, Portland, Ore., 79-73--152

Mark Sommerfeld, Canada, 75-77--152

Rodney Hamblin Jr, Saint Paul, Minn., 77-75--152

Brian Davidson, Baldwin, Ga., 76-77--153

Chip Knuckey, Springfield, Ohio, 78-75--153

Greg Buckway, West Jordan, Utah, 78-75--153

Jack Newman, Des Moines, Iowa, 79-74--153

Mark Harrell, Hazlehurst, Ga., 78-75--153

Roy Holdeman, El Paso, Texas, 76-77--153

Seth Hirschhorn, Willingboro, N.J., 77-76--153

Tyler Neal, Tucson, Ariz., 77-76--153

Daniel Manselle, O'Fallon, Mo., 78-76--154

Jonathan Lenz, San Antonio, Texas, 78-76--154

Matt Brantingham, Richmond, Va., 74-80--154

Matt Miller, Bloomington, Ill., 79-75--154

Matthew Berzovich, Longwood, Fla., 80-74--154

Michael Koreski, Parkersburg, W.Va., 76-78--154

Nick Travers, Boise, Idaho, 74-80--154

Nicklaus Newcomb, Benton, Ky., 77-77--154

Phillip Bryan, Mustang, Okla., 76-78--154

Raul Cortes, Mexico, 77-77--154

Travis Meyer, River Falls, Wis., 76-78--154

Andy Choi, Orlando, Fla., 78-77--155

Conor O'Brien, Weatogue, Conn., 77-78--155

David Palm, Jacksonville, Fla., 74-81--155

John Finnin, Crete, Ill., 79-76--155

Matt Spicer, Keller, Texas, 75-80--155

Steve White, Jackson, Wyo., 80-75--155

Zeke Reyna, Weslaco, Texas, 76-79--155

Dayton Rose, Oklahoma City, Okla., 77-79--156

Micah Burke, Los Angeles, Calif., 79-77--156

Nathan Wine, Ft Wayne, Ind., 82-74--156

Nicholas Park, Ithaca, N.Y., 79-77--156

Robb Bierbaum, Albuquerque, N.M., 82-74--156

Scott Hess, Santa Rosa, Calif., 84-72--156

Vance Welch, Cross Creek, Md., 79-77--156

D J Lewin, Hollywood, Fla., 77-80--157

Daniel Arvanitis, Manchester, N.H., 78-79--157

Michael Bielawski, West Allis, Wis., 82-75--157

Nathan Stamey, Canton, N.C., 81-76--157

Nicholas Sheedy, Burlington, Iowa, 83-74--157

Anthony Martire, Absecon, N.J., 79-79--158

Chan Kim, Honolulu, Hawaii, 81-77--158

Jacob Scott, Strongsville, Ohio, 80-78--158

Jeffrey Franks, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 81-77--158

Matt Briggs, San Antonio, Texas, 81-77--158

Raymond Wooten, Clemson, S.C., 73-85--158

Ron Mangold, Pocahontas, Ark., 81-77--158

Sumeet Arora, Woodridge, Ill., 82-76--158

Andrew Sledge, Houma, La., 79-80--159

Danny Brown, Buffalo Grove, Ill., 82-77--159

Dennis Kwon, Rockville, Md., 77-82--159

Eric Daniel, Dorchester, Mass., 79-80--159

Mark Wentz, Milwaukee, Wis., 78-81--159

Adam Frey, Cypress, Calif., 81-79--160

Herbie Aikens, Pembroke, Mass., 77-83--160

Michael King, Livonia, Mich., 78-82--160

Peter Krsnich, Wichita, Kan., 85-75--160

Billy Thompson, Great Falls, Mont., 80-81--161

Brandon Kaiser, Anchorage, Alaska, 83-78--161

Ricky Montanez, Helendale, Calif., 78-83--161

Bobby Fox, Chester, Conn., 79-84--163

Bradley Leeper, Chapel Hill, N.C., 81-82--163

David Dankmyer, Gibsonia, Pa., 83-80--163

Garrett Medeiros, Rumford, R.I., 78-85--163

Kevin Shimomura, Lahaina, Hawaii, 80-83--163

Scott Turner, Palm City, Fla., 79-84--163

Brad Dearsman, Clyde, Ohio, 84-80--164

Kevin Horan, Marina Del Rey, Calif., 87-77--164

Lee Sakugawa, Wailuku, Hawaii, 82-82--164

Keegan Fennessy, Minot, Maine, 84-81--165

Rocky Manning, Greensboro, N.C., 86-79--165

Paul Atchison, Augusta, Ga., 82-85--167

Brian Bergstol, Mount Bethel, Pa., 89-79--168

Devin Schreiner, Durango, Colo., 82-86--168

Kurt Valley, Bay City, Mich., 93-79--172

Rick Burwig, Portland, Ore., 86-87--173

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