PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers golfers Jason Bataille (South Plainfield, NJ) and Seth Hirschhorn (Willingboro, NJ) have each qualified for the United States Amateur Public Links Championship.
This year’s championship will be held July 11-16 at the Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, OH. The winner of the event has historically been invited to play in the Masters, one of the four major tournaments. Among the participants in this year’s championship is Michelle Wie, the 15-year-old phenom from Honolulu, HI, who has contended in several LPGA tournaments as well as a handful of tournaments on the men’s PGA Tour.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links has given exposure to many public-course players who otherwise might not have the opportunity to compete in a national championship. The competition is open to any bona fide public-course player whose USGA Handicap Index does not exceed 8.4.
Bataille, a rising senior, qualified for the championship after shooting a five-under-par 139 to share the medal in the sectional qualifying tournament earlier this week at Bethpage State Park Golf Course in Farmingdale, NY. Hirschhorn, a rising junior, fired a two-under-par 142 in the event.
Bataille and Hirschhorn helped guide Rutgers to its first appearance to the NCAA Regional Championships in 21 years. Bataille was one of two Scarlet Knights to earn an individual title last fall, taking home top honors at the Rutgers Invitational. The Scarlet Knights won four tournaments last fall and finished sixth or better in all 10 of their tournaments, entering the NCAA Regional Championships. Head coach Maura Waters was honored as the 2005 BIG EAST Coach of the Year, following the team’s third-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships this spring.