July 16, 2014
NEWTON, Kan. – Rice University golfer Kevin Reilly put together a strong two-day showing in the opening stroke play rounds of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Sand Creek Station Golf Course to tie for 17th of 156 golfers and advance to Wednesday’s match play round.
The 2014 Conference USA Freshman of the Year carded a 71-70—141 (-1) with seven birdies to cruise to the round of 64. Caddying for Reilly is reigning C-USA Coach of the Year Justin Emil.
The Oviedo, Fla. native tees off on Wednesday at 11:10 a.m. in the first of six rounds of match play. His opening round opponent is 47-seed Ryann Ree, who recently completed his sophomore season at Oregon. The winner advances to face either No. 15 Austin Smotherman, a rising junior at SMU who advanced to last year’s USAPL quarterfinals, or No. 50 Matt Record, a 2014 Nebraska graduate.
Reilly earned his berth into the national tournament by winning the Sorrento, Fla. qualifier with a 69-66—135 (-9) last month.
Reilly earned second team all-conference honors in 2013-14 while leading the C-USA Champion Owls with a 72.63 stroke average. Reilly was the team’s leading scorer in 8-of-12 events on the season. He twice shot a 66 in his rookie campaign, including at the NCAA Raleigh Regional in May, to tie for the third-lowest round in program history.
Last summer, Reilly placed 125th in the U.S. Amateur Championship with five birdies over two rounds.