June 24, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - East Union High School graduate Will Brink, who will join the UC Davis men's golf team this fall after signing a national letter of intent in November, qualified for next month's U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship after tying for medalist honors in sectional qualifying at Haggin Oaks Golf Course on Sunday.
Brink shot a 5-under 67 during Saturday's opening round and then followed with a 74 on Sunday for a 3-under 141 total. He shared first place with John Burke who had rounds of 71 and 70 and earned the second of three qualifying spots to the national championship.
UC Davis head coach Cy Williams said Brink is believed to be the youngest Aggie to qualify for the public links championship. Former Aggie Nate Pistacchio qualified for the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Wheaton, Ill., eventually advancing to the second round of match play.
"It's a very impressive achievement," said Williams. "He beat some of the best collegiate and amateur players in the state. It wasn't like he snuck in either, he was co-medalist."
Fifty-one players competed in the sectional in search of one of the just three berths.
The 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship will be contested July 15-20 at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Va. The tournament's 156 players will start with two rounds of stroke play before the low 64 scorers advance to match competition.
Brink enjoyed a standout prep career at East Union High School, earning back-to-back MVP honors in the Valley Oak League as a junior and senior.