Match play is luck of the draw, and unfortunately for Herbie Aikens, he drew one of the world’s best amateur golfers Wednesday in the final playing of the US Amateur Public Links championship.
Aikens, a 32-year-old Kingston resident, lost his first-round match to Gavin Green of Malaysia, 2 and 1, at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan. Aikens had rounds of 73-71 to easily qualify for match play, and was the No. 37 seed in the 64-man bracket. But sitting there at No. 27 was Green, who has been ranked among the world’s 10 best amateurs and is currently No. 13.
Green won the first hole with a par and never trailed, ending the match with a birdie at the 17th hole, after Aikens had also made birdie and was trying to push the match to the 18th hole. It marked the fourth straight year that Aikens had played in the national tournament, and the second time he had advanced to match play. Aikens made it to the round of 16 in 2011.
Chelso Barrett of Surry, N.H., never trailed in his match, beating Jonathan Woo of Singapore, 2 and 1. Barrett faces John Oda of Honolulu on Thursday in a round of 32 match.
Quincy native topped
Jacquelyn Eleey of Quincy lost her first-round match on Wednesday at the US Women’s Amateur Public Links, held at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash. All-square against Sarah Cho of San Diego, Eleey lost three straight holes, starting at No. 12, and was beaten, 4 and 2 . . . Megan Khang of Rockland and Mary Mulcahy of Scituate qualified for next month’s US Women’s Amateur, taking two of the three spots handed out last week at Haverhill Country Club. Khang shot a 1-over-par 71 and shared medalist honors with Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Quebec; Mulcahy was a shot back at 72. The US Women’s Amateur is Aug. 4-10 at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. . . . Khang will be competing in the US Girls’ Junior, which starts Monday in Flagstaff, Ariz. Other Massachusetts qualifiers include Sophie Dipetrillo of Dover and Hannah Ghelfi of East Falmouth . . . With a big final-day comeback, earning 12½ points in singles, the West team of junior golfers was able to catch the East, with the Wyndham Cup at Old Sandwich ending in a 25-25 tie . . . Shooting a 69 at Indian Pond Country Club, the Charles River Country Club team of Pam Kuong, Mary Joe Clark, Mary Lou Bohn, and Wendy Masler won the Dolly Sullivan Tournament . . . Robert Bradley of Brockton Country Club shared low pro honors with John Paesani of the Bay Club at Mattapoisett, each shooting a 4-under 66 at Metacomet Country Club in the New England PGA pro-senior invitational. The Willowbend team of Michael Vidal, Ray Richard, Scott Beers, and Bryan Eger won low gross in the better ball competition, shooting a 10-under 60.
A great cause
Every charitable golf tournament is for a good cause, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better one than the Jimmy Fund Golf program, which supports adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber. The oldest and largest charity golf program in the country, Jimmy Fund Golf had one of its best days on June 16, when eight local tournaments combined to raise more than $900,000. The elite eight were: A.L.L. Open at Haverhill Country Club ($40,000), DTZ Golf & Tennis Classic at Black Rock Country Club in Hingham ($140,000), Edison Branch outing in Atlantic Highlands, N.J. ($30,000), Hyannisport Jimmy Fund Classic at the Hyannisport Club ($95,000), Jeffrey Vinick Memorial at four different locations ($400,000), Jimmy Fund Players Tournament at TPC Boston ($150,000), Meadow Brook Jimmy Fund tournament at Meadow Brook Country Club in Reading ($35,000), and the Mike Freeman Memorial tournament Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord ($30,000) . . . Not to be outdone, the annual TCG for the Troops event last week at the Golf Club of Cape Cod raised $60,000 for Cape Cod veterans and active military families. In the tournament’s five-year history, more than $250,000 has been raised . . . Speaking of the Golf Club of Cape Cod, Omar Easy recently won the men’s club championship, beating Dino Pimental in the 36-hole final match, 4 and 2. Easy was a fourth-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2002 after starring at Everett High School and Penn State, where he was a fullback. He’s now a vice principal at Everett . . . Tickets for next year’s Constellation Senior Players Championship at Belmont Country Club are already for sale, but anyone interested in corporate hospitality, spots in the pro-am, or tournament sponsorships are encouraged to call Barry McNulty at 617-833-9899.