Blair loses at U.S. Public Links

Jul 17 2013 - 11:18pm

LORTON, Va. -- Joshua Stone beat qualifying medalist Garrett Rank on Wednesday in the first round of match play in the U.S. Amateur Public Links, topping the Canadian with a bogey on the first extra hole.

Stone, from Stockton, Calif., will face 51-year-old Sean Knapp of Oakmont, Pa., in the second round at Laurel Hill Golf Club. Knapp beat Jon Trasamar of Minneapolis with a par on the 19th hole.

Ogden's Zac Blair led for much of his Round of 64 match, but fell in 20 holes to Virginia golfer John Cigna.

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.

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