July 12, 2012
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University of Minnesota redshirt sophomore Kyle Beversdorf defeated former Missouri player Jace Long 4 & 3 in the second round of match play and Cody McManus of Phoenix, Ariz. 6 & 5 in the third round to move on to the quarterfinals of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
Beversdorf is the first Gopher to participate in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship since Andy Paulson was part of the 2008 field. Beversdorf will play his quarterfinal match at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah on Friday.
In the morning match, the Plymouth, Minn. native did not trail in the final 11 holes and used five birdies during the round, including four in the last seven holes, to defeat Long. He didn't trail at all against McManus, using nine pars and a pair of birdies to dominate the match.
Beversdorf won his opening match on Wednesday 2-up over Chad Johnson and finished stroke play with a 36-hole card of one over par 143.
A former Minnesota Golf Association Junior Player of the Year, Beversdorf spent his first season in Maroon & Gold as a redshirt following his transfer from Northern Iowa. He finished his only season in Cedar Falls with a stroke average 74.6 in 11 events.
The history of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship dates back to 1922. The winner of the prestigious event will receive an invitation for the 2013 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga. Corbin Mills, a former Clemson Tiger, is the reigning champion.
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