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      UNK Golf: Colgate Tied for the Lead at the U.S. Amateur Public Links

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      Kearney, Neb. – Nebraska-Kearney sophomore Michael Colgate is tied for the lead after the first round of the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships in Newton, Kans.

      The Sarasota, Fla., native and 2014 NCAA Division II Championships qualifier fired a five-under par 66 (33-33) to be tied with UNLV sophomore Zane Thomas and 26-year old Canadian Garrett Rink.

      Colgate, who previously qualified for the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur and the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championships, had the day’s only bogey-free round. He had three birdies on the front nine and two on the back

      “I wasn’t happy with how I performed in the last couple of USGA events,” Colgate told Michael Trostel of the USGA. “But I’m really proud of the way I played today. I don’t have to worry if I make a couple of early bogeys tomorrow; I will know I am still in good shape.”

      The tournament, held at Sand Creek Station, features 156 players and two days of stroke play. The top 64 players after Tuesday advance to single-elimination match play, held Wednesday through Saturday.

      Colgate, who will redshirt during the 2014-15 season for the Lopers, tees off at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. Scores will be updated throughout the day at http://www.usga.org/ChampEventSite.aspx?id=17179869204

      Courtesy of UNK Media Relations
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