Dombrowski Reaches Publinks Match Play, Sawin '07 Gains U.S. Am. Berth
Princeton golfers current and past were battling opponents in USGA events Wednesday with the aim of going forward on their respective tournament paths.
John Sawin '07 won co-medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur qualifier in Elverson, Pennsylvania, gaining a spot in the national event for the second straight year.
Sawin finished at 3-under for two rounds at the Stonewall club, shooting a 2-under 68 on the club's Old Course and a 1-under 69 on the North Course, playing all 36 holes Wednesday to gain one of six spots in the U.S. Amateur.
After competing in stroke play but missing the cut for match play at The Brookline Club in Massachusetts at last year's U.S. Amateur, Sawin will get another chance when this year's event comes to the Atlanta Athletic Club from August 11-17.
Philly.com (here) and the Delaware County Times (here) covered Sawin at the event.
Sawin went on to qualify for a spot at the U.S. Mid-Amateur during a July 21 competition at Huntingdon Valley Country Club outside Philadelphia. Nine players from that qualifying location gained entry into the national event, and Sawin did so right on the number with a 1-over 71, advancing from a four-man playoff to get one of the last three bids. The U.S. Mid-Amateur will run from Sept. 6-11 at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and will follow the same format as the U.S. Amateur, with two rounds of stroke play thinning the field a 64-man match play bracket.
The Princeton Alumni Weekly wrote about Sawin's accomplishments here.
Rising sophomore Alex Dombrowski made the cut from stroke play at the USGA Amateur Public Links Championship in Kansas and followed it up with a match that stayed undecided until the 18th hole to start Wednesday's match play.
Sometimes chasing and sometimes all square with Pepperdine's Cody McManus, Dombrowski turned in a birdie on the 16th hole at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kansas to pull even. The pair then halved the par-3 17th hole before McManus secured his place in the Round of 32 by making the four-shot par on the 18th.
Dombrowski, who tied for 15th overall and was Princeton's No. 3 scorer at the Ivy League Championship in April, opened play Wednesday with a birdie on the first hole to take what became his only lead of the day. McManus then birdied the next two holes to go 1-up before Dombrowski caught him with a birdie at No. 5, one of six birdies on the day for Dombrowski to go with just two bogeys.
McManus birdied one fewer hole on the day than did Dombrowski and survived a double bogey on 16. After standing all square through six, McManus took advantage of Dombrowski's first bogey on the par-3 seventh hole to take a lead that lasted until Dombrowski pulled even again with his birdie on 11. McManus picked up an impressive birdie on the par-3 13th to pull ahead, and although Dombrowski tied it again on the 16th, McManus avoided extra holes by making par on 18, one shot better than his Tiger competitor.
Dombrowski finished tied for 29th at +1 after the two rounds of stroke play, clearing the 64-man cut by four shots.
For complete scores and updates from the USGA Amateur Public Links Championship, visit the tournament's site here.