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Baskins qualifies for United States Public Links Championship

Josh Baskins, who just completed his senior season for the Wolf Pack men's golf team, is on his way to the United States Public Links Championships.
Baskins, a Redding, Calif., native, shot a 149 over 36 holes on Monday at Thunder Canyon to win a qualifying event by two strokes. The win advances him to the Public Links Championship in July in Kansas.
Baskins topped Fallon's Matt Vanderbeek by two strokes with the Wolf Pack's Derek Ream a shot back of Vanderbeek. With his third place finish, Ream is the second alternate.
The championship will be played July 14-19 at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan.
The Nevada program has had its share of history with the Publinx event. Last year, Wolf Pack coach Jacob Wilner won the local qualifying, also at Thunder Canyon in Washoe Valley, and played in the championship in Virginia.
In 2006, the Wolf Pack's Casey Watabu won the championship, joining the likes of Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Moore and Hunter Haas as recent Publinx champions.
Baskins is set to return to the Wolf Pack in the fall as a student volunteer coach. He's had a strong summer as he and Wilner recently won the Northern Nevada Golf Association's Washoe County Two-Man tournament.

Triplett wins Champion Tour event

Another week and another Champions Tour win for a Nevada Wolf Pack alum.
Last week it was Michael Allen who won in a playoff. This week, it was Kirk Triplett who made par on the 72nd hole to avoid a playoff and win the ACE Group Classic in Florida. Triplett beat Duffy Waldorf and Bernhard Langer for the title.
It was Triplett's third Champions Tour win and 10th professional victory overall.

Michael Allen wins again.

Coming off a terrific 2013 (on and off the course), Nevada alum Michael Allen got off to a great start in 2014 over the weekend.
Allen became the ninth PGA Champions Tour golfer to ever card a 60 when he did so Friday at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla. That historic round catapulted Allen to a playoff victory on Sunday as the Nevada Hall of Famer recorded his sixth career Champions Tour victory.

Michael Allen wins again

It's turning out to be a pretty special year for Wolf Pack alum Michael Allen. In March, Allen notched the fifth win of his Champions Tour career, taking the title of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Last month, Allen was inducted into the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame.
On Sunday, Allen brought home his fifth career Champions Tour win, beating Olin Browne in a playoff at the Greater Hickory Classic. Here's the story.

Yi qualifies for U.S. Women's Amateur

Former Nevada golfer Louise Yi advanced through sectional qualifying and will compete next month at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

Yi tied for second at her sectional event, firing a 72 at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station, N.J. last week.

The U.S. Women's Amateur is slated for Aug. 5-11 at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina.

Yi finished her senior season at Nevada this spring and was third on the team with a stroke average of 77.69. She'll return to Reno this fall to complete her bachelor's degree.

The U.S. Women's Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. Play begins Aug. 5 with the first of two rounds of stroke play. After a cut, match play begins on Aug. 7 and continues until a 36-hole championship final on Aug. 11.


Wilner fires 73 in first round at Publinx

LORTON, Va. -- Nevada men's golf coach Jacob Wilner fired a first-round 73 at the first round of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships on Monday.

Wilner is tied for 59th after the first round and will tee off at 9:30 a.m. (PT) today for the second round of stroke play.

"I'm very pleased with my play in the first round," Wilner said. "This course is very long and, for the most part, I managed my game well. I'm in good position right now."

After today's second round at Laurel Hill Golf Club, the field will be cut to the low 64 scores for match play, which begins Wednesday. The 36-hole championship is scheduled for Saturday.

Pack alum Michael Allen leading the U.S. Senior Open

Former Wolf Pack standout Michael Allen is in the driver's seat for his second major championship today as he enters the final round of the U.S. Senior Open with a two-shot lead.

Allen, who starred for the Wolf Pack in the 1980s, has won four career events on the Champions Tour, including the 2009 Senior PGA Championship in his first ever start in a Champions Tour major. Last year, he qualified for the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club, his home course in San Francisco.

Allen opened the U.S. Senior Open on Thursday with a 67 and then fired a 63 at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club on Friday. He carded a 72 yesterday and goes into the final 18 holes today with a two-shot lead over Kenny Perry and Fred Funk. Among those also in contention are Rocco Mediate, Corey Pavin and Mark O'Meara.

"We're pulling hard for Michael," Nevada men's golf coach Jacob Wilner said. "He's been a huge supporter of our program through the years and I'm happy that he has this opportunity today."

Allen won twice on the Champions Tour last year and then picked up another victory earlier this year at the Mississippi Golf Resort Classic.

The U.S. Senior Open will be broadcast on NBC today at noon.

Spencer Departs for Fresno State

The University of Nevada Wolf Pack is searching for a new golf coach to direct the women's program. Chad Spencer, who was the head coach of the Pack for the past three seasons is returning to Fresno State, his alma mater, to take over the Bulldogs men's program from the retiring Mike Watney, for whom Spencer played.

"Chad is a good golf coach and a better person," Pack athletics director Doug Knuth said. "We hate to lose Chad but we wish him and his family well as they return to their alma mater, Fresno State. Our golf programs enjoy great community support and we have access to some of the best golf courses in the country right in our backyard. A national search for a new head coach for women's golf is underway and we expect great interest from coaches around the country."

Nevada returns all but one player from last year's team that tied for fourth at the 2013 Mountain West Championships. That includes junior Nikki Prichard and sophomore Caryn Khoo, both of whom boasted stroke averages below 76 last year.

Pack men's golf team enjoying successful summer

The Nevada men's golf team is enjoying a successful offseason thus far.

Incoming freshman Rhyne Jones is leading the Nevada State Amateur after Monday's first round at Thunder Canyon. Jones fired an even-par 72 and is tied atop the leaderboard with Bryce Greeley of Las Vegas. Wolf Pack senior Josh Baskins shot 74 on Monday and is alone in fifth place while senior Ryan Mulvany carded a 79 and is tied for 17th place.

The State Am continues today and concludes on Wednesday at Thunder Canyon.

Mulvany has had a strong summer already. He won the Winnemucca Amateur by three strokes in June after shooting rounds of 70 and 69. Mulvany then won the Northern Nevada Amateur (June 29-30) by four strokes, again with rounds of 70 and 69. Baskins shot 75-69 at that event and tied for third place.

Wolf Pack coach Jacob Wilner showed his own chops on the links in June when he won a qualifying event and advanced to the USGA's Public Links Championships, which are later this month in Virginia. Wilner was also third at the Winnemucca Amateur and fifth at the Northern Nevada Amateur.

Former Nevada golfer Louise Yi is advancing through the United States Women's Public Links Championships so far this week. The prestigious tournament is being played at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.

In the round of 64 this morning, Yi faced off against Abby Newton of Katy, Texas. Yi, seeded 45th, beat the 20th seed 6 and 4 to advance to Thursday morning's round of 32 matchup against 52nd seed Krystal Quihuis.

Earlier this week, Yi shot rounds of 72-79 in the stroke play portion of the event to make the cut and move on to match play. A field of 156 players started the event and the top 64 advanced to match play, with Yi tying for 45th in the stroke play.

Follow along on the USGA Website.