Colt Knost won the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links title on Saturday at Cantigny Golf, defeating Cody Paladino, 6 and 4, in the scheduled 36-hole final. He is the sixth player from Texas to win this championship. (Fred Vuich/USGA)

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Knost Wins 2007 APL Championship

Wheaton, Ill. — Colt Knost, 22, of Dallas, Texas, won the first three holes and never looked back in posting a 6-and-4 victory on Saturday over 18-year-old Cody Paladino of Kensington, Conn., in the championship match of the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Cantigny Golf.

Knost, a recent graduate of Southern Methodist University where he earned third-team All-America honors this past season, played the equivalent of 6-under-par golf – with the usual match-play concessions – over the 32 holes of the scheduled 36-hole final. In six matches, Knost registered just seven bogeys and over the final two days of the competition, a total of 66 holes, he was the equivalent of 13 under par.

The win gave Knost exemptions into the 2007 and ’08 U.S. Amateur and a likely invitation to the 2008 Masters Tournament provided he remains an amateur.

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Notebook: Friends Make Last-Minute Trip To Chicago To Watch Paladino In Final

Wheaton, Ill. — Some 30 employees huddled around a small computer screen at the Timberlin Golf Course in Kensington, Conn., on Friday. They all were trying to get the latest updates from the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Timberlin employee and regular at the course Cody Paladino was fighting to advance and with a pair of 1-up victories, he kept his friends back home on edge.

Once the 18-year-old had eliminated Derek Fathauer of Jensen Beach, Fla., in the semifinals, he called Kevin Josephson. The two talked about the victory and Paladino mentioned he had one more match left to possibly win the title.

“[Kevin] said, ‘I’m coming. I’m online right now. We have a flight that leaves [Saturday morning] at 6:45 and we’ll be there by eight,’ ” said Paladino. “I thought it would be incredible, but I wasn’t expecting it.”

Storylines For 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship


Championship Facts

U.S. Amateur Public Links

PAR AND YARDAGE Cantigny Golf (pronounced Canteeny) will play at 7,048/7,031 yards and a par of 36-3672. The par-3 third hole can be played at 223 or 206 yards.

COURSE SET-UP USGA Course Rating™ for the APL Championship at Cantigny Golf is 74.7 and USGA SLOPE Rating® is 142.
Teeing ground perennial ryegrass/Poa annua; Height of grass 0.5 "
Fairways and approaches perennial ryegrass/Poa annua; Height of grass 0.5"
Putting greens creeping bentgrass/Poa annua; Speed 11.0 feet on the USGA Stimpmeter
Rough perennial ryegrass/fine fescue; Height of grass 3-3.5 inches

ARCHITECT Cantigny Golf was designed by Roger Packard and opened in 1989. The 27-hole facility features three distinct nine-hole layouts. The course has been updated by Jacobsen Golf Design. The Woodside and Lakeside nines will be used for the championship.

Monday and Tuesday, July 9-10 Stroke-play qualifying, 18 holes, (field reduced to the lowest 64 players, who advance to match play).
Wednesday, July 11 First round, 18 holes, match play.
Thursday, July 12 Second and third round, 18 holes, match play.
Friday, July 13 Quarterfinals and semifinals, 18 holes, match play.
Saturday, July 14 Final, 36 holes, match play. Awards ceremony following play.

ADMISSION Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship, and spectators are encouraged to attend.


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