2012 Men’s Amateur Public Links Results
Derek Bayley Claims Men’s Amateur Public Links Title
Post Falls, Idaho (August 26, 2012) – The Men’s Championship was wide open through much of the final round, and several players held at least a share of the lead during the front nine. First round leader Derek Bayley of Rathdrum, Idaho started slowly and lost his lead after a double-bogey on the fourth hole dropped him to even-par for the championship. “I thought I hit a good tee shot but it flew over the green and got in trouble,” he said about the early mistake. Zach Wanderscheid of Goldendale, Wash. took the lead at that point, but Bayley recovered with back-to-back-to-back birdies on 7, 8, and 9 to make the turn at 2-under-par, one stroke ahead of Wanderscheid and Alex Pounds of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
As the final group made the turn, seven players were within four shots of the lead and three more were within six shots of the lead. Sean Packer of Seattle, Wash. made the first move on the back nine when he birdied holes 10 and 11 to pull within two strokes of Bayley at even-par. Bayley’s torrid stretch continued, with birdies on 10 and 11, but his momentum came to a screeching halt on the 12th hole when he made a quadruple bogey to fall back to even-par, two strokes behind Wanderscheid at the time. “I caught fire with those birdies, but the 12th hole was bad,” Bayley said. “I just tried to laugh it off and my caddie was there to help me with my emotions.”
Once again, Bayley dug deep, playing the final six holes at 1-under-par to finish in a tie with Wanderscheid at 1-under-par 145 for the championship. “I just fought back,” he said about the up-and-down round. “There were still six more holes after that (quadruple bogey) to make it up. It was just a really intense round of golf.”
Bayley and Wanderscheid headed to the first hole for a sudden death playoff. Wanderscheid’s tee shot found the right rough, while Bayley hit the fairway and stuck a wedge to 15 feet. A two-putt by Bayley forced Wanderscheid to make a 7 foot par putt to extend the playoff, but he failed to convert, giving Bayley the victory. “It’s a big win,” said Bayley. “It was really intense, really up and down, and it always comes down to the last hole. But it was a good day.” (Watch Bayley’s post-victory interview here).
Bayley, a three-sport athlete at Lakeland High School, will now transition into his high school football season before returning to golf next spring. Wanderscheid took home solo second place after falling short in the playoff, while three players, Ian Dahl of Longview, Wash., Pounds and Packer finished one stroke back at even-par 146 for the championship. Packer’s 2-under-par 71 was the low round of the day.