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Larsen advances in U.S. Amateur Public Links

BREMERTON, Wash. -- Georgia Tech's Kevin Larsen won two
matches Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S.
Amateur Public Links Championship.

The 21-year-old Larsen, from Santa Barbara, Calif., routed
co-medalist Justin Metzger of Knoxville, Tenn., 6 and 5 in the
second round and beat Derek Fathauer of Jensen Beach, Fla., 5 and 4
in the third round on the Gold Mountain course.

"I'm just keeping it in play," Larsen said. "I'm not really
hitting it close. I'm just making a lot of pars and putting pretty
well, so once in a while the putts fall in. I'm not making too many
bogeys, which is good out on this course."

Larsen will face Matt Savage of Louisville, Ky., in the
quarterfinals. Savage beat Zack Byrd of Calabash, N.C., in 20 holes
in the second round and Derek Berg of Duvall, Wash., 2 and 1 in the
third round.

In the other upper-bracket quarterfinal, Anthony Kim of Traverse
City, Mich., will face Matt Harmon of Grand Rapids, Mich. Kim
routed Brad Marek of Arlington Heights, Ill., 5 and 4, and Harmon
beat Kane Hanson of Detroit Lakes, Minn., 2 and 1.

In the lower-bracket quarterfinals, 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur
champion Sihwan Kim of Buena Park, Calif., will face Tim Feenstra
of Lynden, Wash., and Casey Watabu of Kapaa, Hawaii, will meet
Daniel Im of Fullerton, Calif.

Kim beat Kevin Foley of Somerville, N.J., 4 and 3; Feenstra
edged Brent Paladino of Kensington, Conn., 2-up; Watabu defeated
Joseph Prince of Chula Vista, Calif., 3 and 2; and Im beat Jeff
Daniels of Harrisburg, Pa., in 19 holes.