LORTON, Va. (AP) — Joshua Stone beat qualifying medalist Garrett Rank on Wednesday in the first round of match play in the U.S. Amateur Public Links, topping the Canadian with a bogey on the first extra hole.
Stone, from Stockton, got into the match play field in a playoff Wednesday morning.
“It’s been a crazy three days,” Stone said. “I’m just relieved to be through (to match play).”
Playing in his first USGA championship, the 23-year-old Stone will face 51-year-old Sean Knapp of Oakmont, Pa., in the second round at Laurel Hill Golf Club.
Knapp beat Jon Trasamar of Minneapolis with a chip-in par on the 19th hole after squaring the match with a long eagle putt on the 18th.
“Match play is a cruel animal,” Knapp said. “I’ve been in that situation where someone steals it from you. It’s tough, but I’m just happy to live to play another day.”
The tournament is limited to players who don’t hold privileges at any course that doesn’t extend playing privileges to the general public. The 36-hole championship match is Saturday.