BANDON, Ore. -Penn men's golfer Max Marsico, a rising sophomore, had a stellar performance at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, which took place at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort from June 27-July 2. Marsico advanced to the 64-player match-play field by finishing tied for sixth after two rounds of stroke play. He then advanced through the first round before falling in 19 holes in the second round.
Marsico started the tournament with a first-round 70, making him one of just four players to break par during that round on the Old MacDonald course at Bandon Dunes. He carded a 74 the following round, which left him in a four-way tie for sixth place and easily qualified him for match play.
Marsico faced off against David Smith, a rising sophomore at South Dakota State, in the first round of match play. Marsico jumped out to an immediate 1-up lead with a birdie on the first hole, went 2-up at the third hole, and was 3-up by the sixth. He never allowed Smith to get back to all-square, although his lead was a precarious 1-up for much of the back nine. However, Marsico birdied No. 17 to win the hole and gain the 2-and-1 victory.
In the second round, Marsico faced T.J. Howe, a 2011 Penn State graduate. It looked like Marsico had this match in control, as he was dormie with just two holes to play. However, Howe birdied both 17 and 18, while Marsico went par on both, putting them all-square at the end of the round. On the first extra hole, Howe shot par while Marsico had a bogey. That eliminated the Quaker from the event.
The tournament was eventually won by Clemson's Corbin Mills, who defeated Derek Ernst in extra holes in the final.