Luke Guthrie narrowly missed a chance at the Round of 16.
July 16, 2009
Norman, Okla. - A good run came to an end Thursday for Illinois sophomore Luke Guthrie at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Norman, Okla. The Quincy, Ill., native needed a birdie on 18 to send his second-round match with Dan Sullivan of Pasadena, Calif., into sudden death. Sullivan prevailed, however, with a bogey on the first while Guthrie doubled the hole.
Guthrie, who reached the round of 32 in the 156-man event, built a 3 up lead after five holes, which included four pars and a birdie on the 328-yard par four third. After Sullivan got back to all square after eight, Guthrie birdied the 417-yard par four ninth to take a one-hole lead at the turn. Sullivan won holes 12 and 13 to go back up by one hole and the two halved the next four. That meant Guthrie needed to win the long 584-yard par five 18th to stay alive, which he did with a birdie.
Guthrie joins many of his teammates at the Western Amateur in early August.
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Illinois senior Matt Hoffman couldn't back up his impressive Wednesday second round 62 at the Investors Group Ontario Amateur Championship. The native of Thornhill, Ontario, sandwiched the 62 with rounds of 75, including in the third round Thursday.
Hoffman enters Friday's final round in a five-way tie for 11th at -1 for the tournament. NCAA champion Matt Hill has the lead at -8 after firing rounds of 69-67-69 on the 6,728-yard par 71 Craigowan Golf and Country Club. Hoffman had three birdies on his round and stood at even par for the day and -5 for the tournament through 13.
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