Golf: Regis Jesuit grad Chris Korte stopped in match play of final U.S. Amateur Pub Links

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Regis Jesuit's Chris Korte
Regis Jesuit golfer Chris Korte, left, signs his national athletic letter of intent to play golf at the University of Denver. Korte has had an outstanding summer since graduating from Regis Jesuit and made it to match play at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Pub Links tournament in Newton, Kan. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

NEWTON, KANSAS | Chris Korte is even better since the end of a successful prep golf career at Regis Jesuit High School.

Korte, one of the members of the Regis Jesuit boys golf team that captured a fourth straight Class 5A state championship last October, was one of just three Colorado players to qualify for the prestigious 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Tournament and he was the only one to qualify for the match play portion of the tournament, which is coming to an end after the weekend conclusion of its 89th edition.

The University of Denver signee earned his way into the top 64 spots to advance to match play in the tournament, which was played for the final time on the 7,365-yard, par 71 Sand Creek Station Golf Course. Korte’s tournament came to end on Wednesday as Brandon Kida of Layton, Utah, defeated him 3 and 2, meaning Kida had won three more holes than Korte with just two remaining in the match play format, which brings the match to an end.

Korte trailed by as many as five holes against Kida after 10 rounds, but birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 13 to pull back within two. The golfers halved hole No. 14, Kida won No. 15 with a birdie and the match ended when the players halved No. 16.

In two rounds of stroke play July 14-15, Korte shot rounds of 72 both times to put himself easily into the match play portion. In stroke play, Korte had a par-filled first round, then recorded six birdies in his second round, including five on the back nine.

Meanwhile, the other two Coloradans in the field of golfers from 43 states and 13 countries between the ages of 15 and 57 — Cole Nygren of Longmont and Colorado Springs’ Cameron Harrell — failed to advance out of stroke play.

Nygren, who won the qualifying tournament on June 17 at Longmont’s Twin Peaks Golf Course by a stroke over Korte and Harrell, finished at plus-10 for his two rounds, while Harrell came in at plus-5.

Korte’s Regis Jesuit teammate — Kansas signee Spencer Painton, the 5A individual state champion — finished five strokes out of a qualifying spot in Longmont. Painton will play in next week’s Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., however.

The U.S. Amateur Pub Links tournament was played at Aurora’s Murphy Creek Golf Course in 2008.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel