NEWTON, Kan. - The initial 2,848 entrants into the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship have whittled down to just 32, including Rice sophomore Kevin Reilly, following Wednesday's match play win in the Round of 64.
Reilly rallied from a pair of early deficits and led the entire back nine en route to a two-up triumph over Ryann Ree (Redondo Beach, Calif.) at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
Though the actual scores aren't reflected in the match play format, Reilly tallied a 67 (-4) with six birdies to top Ree, who recently completed his sophomore season at Oregon. In all, Reilly won six holes to Ree's four and the competitors tied on the remaining 10.
The Oviedo, Fla. native advances to face 2014 Nebraska graduate Matt Record, who tied for 20th at this season's Big Ten Championship. Record knocked off his opponent with a one-up win in the group ahead of Reilly.
With his head coach acting as caddy for the event, Reilly breezed through the opening two rounds of stroke play at 71-70--141 (-1). He claimed 17th place among the 1566 qualifiers at Sand Creek Station Golf Course.
The winner of Thursday's morning match will play again in the Round of 16 at 1:10 p.m. that afternoon.