July 13, 2012
University of Minnesota redshirt sophomore Kyle Beversdorf lost 2&1 in the semifinals of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
The Plymouth, Minn. native fell behind by three holes to North Florida golfer Kevin Aylwin through 12. He then birdied two of the next three holes, while Aylwin made par, to cut the lead to one. Aylwin birdied the 17th to clinch a spot in the title match.
Earlier in the day, Beversdorf defeated Carlos Rodriguez of Colombia 1-up in the quarterfinal round of match play to move on to the semifinals.
Beversdorf led by as many as three holes but Rodriguez fought back with birdies on holes 13-15 to tie the match. Both players parred the 589-yard par five 16th and Beversdorf went up a shot with a par on 17 thanks to a Rodriguez bogey. The duo finished the round with birdies on 18 to give the Wayzata High School grad the victory.
Beversdorf is the first Gopher to participate in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship since Andy Paulson was part of the 2008 field.
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.
Scoring from this week’s matches is available here.
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