Kretz Qualifies For U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship

June 29, 2010

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MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University senior Kelly Kretz has qualified for his third straight U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Kretz finished runner-up at a local qualifier and now advances to the national championship tournament July 12-17 at Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Kretz carded a two-round score of 139 to finish one stroke behind Andy Hansen at the local qualifying tournament held June 19 at Washington County Golf Course in Hartford, Wis.

A native of Antigo, Wis., Kretz competed in the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Norman, Okla., where he missed the cut to qualify for the match play portion of the event. In 2008, Kretz advanced all the way to the round of 16 in Aurora, Colo., where he lost to eventual champion Jack Newman.

The Public Links is organized by the United States Golf Association and was held for the first time in 1922. Past champions include current PGA Tour golfers Billy Mayfair and 2008 Masters Tournament champion Trevor Immelman.

Kretz was named All-BIG EAST following his junior season at Marquette this past May. He led the team with 83 birdies in 2009-10 and is currently third all-time in career scoring with a 74.66 average.




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