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Posted: June 12, 2012 6:34 p.m.

Smith named second alternate

Taylor Smith just missed out on automatically qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship this week.

However, the Eastside graduate still has a chance of playing in the tournament held at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah on July 9.

Smith, a rising senior at Georgia College, participated in a qualifying event at Mystery Valley Golf Club in Lithonia on Monday and Tuesday and finished 2-under par 140 to place as a second alternate. He shot a 71 on Monday before shooting a 69 on Tuesday.

Smith was tied at 2-under with Brandon Mai of Poway, Calif., and neither were present at the time of the Tuesday's playoff, so the tie was decided by lot.

Cory Sciupder of Etowah, N.C. won the qualifying tournament with 4-under 138. Sepp Straka, of Valdosta and Seth Reeves, of Duluth tied with Kyle Cobb, of Tallahassee, Fla., forcing a playoff.

After the first playoff hole, on No. 16, the three were still tied, but before heading to the second playoff hole, play was called for the day due to darkness.

At 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Reeves, Straka and Cobb resumed play and Straka birdied No. 17 to clinch the second automatic qualifying spot into the Championship.

Straka and Reeves won the playoff, earning their way into the Amateur Public Links Championship.

First-round play was suspended at 12:53 p.m. due to heavy rain, and after a one hour and 20 minute delay, play was resumed.

Mystery Valley Golf Club played to 6,677 yards and a par 71.

 

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