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Encyclopedia > U.S. Amateur Public Links

The U.S. Amateur Public Links, often referred to as the Public Links or the Publinx, is a men's amateur golf tournament, one of 10 individual amateur championships organized by the United States Golf Association. It was devised as, and remains, a championship for golfers who play on public courses, as members of private clubs are barred from entry. The word amateur has at least two connotations. ... Golfer teeing off at the start of a hole Golf is an outdoor sport where individual players or teams play a small ball into a hole using various clubs. ... The United States Golf Association (USGA) is the United States national association of golf courses, clubs and facilities and the governing body of golf for the U.S. and Mexico. ...


The first Public Links was held in 1922 at the Ottawa Park Course in Toledo, Ohio. The event has grown over time, from 140 entries in 1922 to over 6,000 today. 1922 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Toledo, Ohio. ...


Eligibility is similar to that for the U.S. Amateur. Golfers must follow the USGA's guidelines for amateur status, which basically consider anyone who has ever played or taught golf for money to be a professional. The Public Links, like the U.S. Amateur, has no age limit. However, there are two key differences in the eligibility criteria for the Public Links: The U.S. Amateur Championship is the leading annual golf tournament in the United States for male amateur golfers. ...

  • Entries are accepted from golfers with a USGA handicap of 8.4 or lower, as opposed to 2.4 for the U.S. Amateur.
  • Entries are not accepted from current members of private golf clubs, and a golfer who joins a private club during the calendar year of the tournament will not be allowed to compete.

While the Public Links is a men's competition, the tournament rules do not bar women from entering the event. In 2005, 15-year-old prodigy Michelle Wie became the first woman to advance to the tournament proper, and also the first woman ever to qualify for a USGA men's championship. 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... Michelle Wie at the 2005 John Deere Classic. ...


Like all other USGA championships, the original entrants are reduced to a manageable number by means of several sectional qualifying tournaments. The survivors then play two rounds of stroke play, with the top 64 qualifying for a single-elimination tournament held at match play. All knockout matches are held over 18 holes, except for the 36-hole final. Stroke play is a scoring system for golf (compare to match play). ... A single-elimination tournament, also called a knockout or sudden death tournament, is a type of tournament where the loser of each match is immediately eliminated from winning the championship or first prize in the event. ... Match play is a scoring system for golf (compare to stroke play). ...


The winner of the event earns an invitation to the following year's Masters, if still an amateur at the time of The Masters. The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf, and the first to take place each year. ...


The 2005 edition, held in Lebanon, Ohio, drew an unusually large amount of media attention due to Wie's presence. She had stated on several occasions that she wished to one day play in The Masters, and this event was generally considered to be her best chance to qualify. Wie advanced to the match play rounds, eventually losing in the quarterfinals to Clay Ogden, who went on to win the tournament. Lebanon is a city located in Warren County, Ohio. ...


The analogous event for women is the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, established in 1977 (which Wie herself won in 2003).


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