June 18, 2013
RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada men’s golf coach Jacob Wilner won a qualifying event Tuesday and will compete next month in the United States Public Links Championship in Virginia.
Playing for just one spot in tough conditions Tuesday at Thunder Canyon Country Club in Washoe City, Wilner fired an even-par round of 72 in the morning and then carded an 81 in the afternoon to claim the top spot. Carrying his own bag, Wilner was the low score in each of the two rounds.
“The wind was just howling and the greens were fast and the flags were tough,” said Wilner, who is entering his fourth year as Nevada’s coach. “It was just mentally and physically exhausting for all of us out there and somehow I got it done. I don’t know that I’ve ever played two rounds of golf that were more demanding than today.”
Wilner moves on to the U.S. Public Links Championship at Laurel Hills Golf Club in Virginia, which is July 15-20. The Bill Love-designed course opened in 2005 and was named in 2011 as No. 13 on the list of the top municipal courses in the country.
“It’s going to be a great honor for me to represent the University of Nevada and the Northern Nevada golf community at this great event,” Wilner said.
This will be Wilner’s second USGA event as he qualified in 1998 for the U.S. Amateur at Oak Hill while playing collegiately at Coastal Carolina.
Nevada has history at the event as former Pack standout Casey Watabu won the 2006 U.S. Public Links Championship.
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