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Cal’s Michael Kim Reaches U.S. Amateur Public Links Final

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LORTON, Virginia (CBS/AP) — University of California junior Michael Kim and Oklahoma State sophomore Jordan Niebrugge each won two matches Friday at Laurel Hill to advance to the 36-hole final in the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

Kim, a Walker Cup player, beat Robby Shelton IV of Alabama, 1 up in the quarterfinals, and topped Eric Sugimoto of San Diego 4 and 3 in the semifinals.

Niebrugge edged 16-year-old Dou Zecheng of China 1 up in the morning quarterfinals, and beat James Erkenbeck of San Diego 3 and 2 in the afternoon semifinals.

The tournament is limited to players who don’t hold privileges at any course that doesn’t extend playing privileges to the general public. The 36-hole championship match is Saturday.

The winner will get a spot next year in the Masters, if still an amateur.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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