Snedeker Ties for Second in Stroke Play at U.S. Public Links Championship 7/15/03

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker finished tied for second place out of 156 players after the 36-hole stroke-play portion of the 2003 U.S. Public Links Championship Monday and Tuesday. The U.S. Public Links Championship is being played at Blue Heron Pines' East Course (par 71, 7,127 yards) in Galloway Township, N.J.

Snedeker, who was one of only four golfers to finish the two rounds under par, fired rounds of 69 Monday and 70 Tuesday for a combined score of three-under-par 139. The Nashville native finished tied with Chris Wheeler (Allen, Texas). Both Snedeker and Wheeler ended stroke play seven shots behind Jeffrey Overton (Evansville, Ind.), who tied a USGA 36-hole record at 10-under-par 132.

The 36-hole cut came at 10-over 152 and six players participated in a one-hole playoff for the final berth in the match play field of 64. The players' position in the stroke-play portion of the Championship will now be used to seed the 64-player match play field.

The second and third rounds will be contested Thursday with the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds Friday. The 36-hole final is scheduled for Saturday.

The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, for bona fide public course players, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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