Goldberg shoots 4-under 67 for medalist honors at Public Links Championship

7/15/2008 - Golf

DENVER -- Aaron Goldberg shot a 4-under-par 67 Tuesday and earned medalist honors in the stroke play qualifying portion of the 83rd U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

The San Diego native had a two-day total of 10-under-par 132 to beat Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif., by one stroke. Zachary Zaremba of Pueblo was third at 135.

For Goldberg, it was a near repeat of his opening round when he finished 6-under. Both days, he played better on his last nine holes.

"I was kind of out of the rhythm on the front," Goldberg said. "I stayed with it and on the back nine, I stayed patient and then got to 13 and eagled it."

Using a 5-iron from 230-yards out, Goldberg said the ball landed five yards short, took a hop and went in. He followed it up with successive birdies.

"Any time a ball goes in from that far away, there is some luck involved," Goldberg said.

Fowler was 2-under for the round and 6-under overall at the turn by sinking a 5-foot putt on No. 9. He was at 8-under with a chance of forcing a playoff with Goldberg on No. 18.

He hit a wedge to within 10 feet of the cup, but he pulled his putt to the right.

"I tried to give Aaron a run for his money," Fowler said. "I had a putt at the end and didn't make it."

Zaremba got as close as 9-under with six holes to play. He struggled with bogeys at No. 13 and 14 and had pars on his last four holes.

Zack Fischer of Texarkana, Texas had a hole-in-one on the par-3, 208-yard, eighth hole.

The 156-member field at Murphy Creek Golf Course was reduced to 64 players, who will advance to match play on Wednesday. The cut was 147.