Marsico Qualifies For U.S. Amateur Public Links

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PHILADELPHIA -Max Marsico, a rising sophomore at Penn and a member of the Quakers' men's golf team, has qualified for the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links (APL) Championship.

One of the United States Golf Association's signature annual events, the APL will take place June 27-July 2 at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon. The Bandon Trails and Old Macdonald courses will host the 156-player event, as well as the Women's Amateur Public Links Championship at the same time. Of particular note on the men's side, the APL champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2012 Masters next April.

Marsico qualified for the APL by shooting a two-round 145 at Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev., over the weekend. That was good enough for him to secure the only automatic APL bid from that qualifying event. Bryan Hogan (146) and Michael Soroka (150) gained alternate spots out of the Henderson qualifier.

The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship has been an unqualified success since its inception in 1922, giving exposure to many public-course players who otherwise might not have an opportunity to compete in a national championship.

Marsico recently completed his first year at Penn with a team-low 73.9 stroke average over 23 tournament rounds. He was the Quakers' low scorer at six events, and posted top-10 overall finishes five times including runner-up placement at the Maryland Intercollegiate and Rehoboth Beach Fall Invitational last fall. Marsico tied for 18th overall at the Ivy League Championships in late April.