Larsen advances in U.S. Amateur Public Links

Updated: July 13, 2006, 10:40 PM ET
Associated Press

BREMERTON, Wash. -- Georgia Tech's Kevin Larsen won two matches Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

The 21-year-old Larsen, from Santa Barbara, Calif., routed co-medalist Justin Metzger of Knoxville, Tenn., 6 and 5 in the second round and beat Derek Fathauer of Jensen Beach, Fla., 5 and 4 in the third round on the Gold Mountain course.

"I'm just keeping it in play," Larsen said. "I'm not really hitting it close. I'm just making a lot of pars and putting pretty well, so once in a while the putts fall in. I'm not making too many bogeys, which is good out on this course."

Larsen will face Matt Savage of Louisville, Ky., in the quarterfinals. Savage beat Zack Byrd of Calabash, N.C., in 20 holes in the second round and Derek Berg of Duvall, Wash., 2 and 1 in the third round.

In the other upper-bracket quarterfinal, Anthony Kim of Traverse City, Mich., will face Matt Harmon of Grand Rapids, Mich. Kim routed Brad Marek of Arlington Heights, Ill., 5 and 4, and Harmon beat Kane Hanson of Detroit Lakes, Minn., 2 and 1.

In the lower-bracket quarterfinals, 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Sihwan Kim of Buena Park, Calif., will face Tim Feenstra of Lynden, Wash., and Casey Watabu of Kapaa, Hawaii, will meet Daniel Im of Fullerton, Calif.

Kim beat Kevin Foley of Somerville, N.J., 4 and 3; Feenstra edged Brent Paladino of Kensington, Conn., 2-up; Watabu defeated Joseph Prince of Chula Vista, Calif., 3 and 2; and Im beat Jeff Daniels of Harrisburg, Pa., in 19 holes.

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