NEWTON, Kansas (AP) — Garrett Rank, Michael Colgate and Zane Thomas opened with 5-under-par 66s Monday for the first-round lead at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
The 26-year-old Rank is playing in his fifth Public Links, tied for most among the field of 156 at the 7,365-yard, par-71 Sand Creek Station Golf Course. Rank, of Canada, took medalist honors at last year's championship. He made four birdies and an eagle at the par-5 sixth hole for his share of the lead.
Colgate, of Sarasota, Florida, and Thomas, of Las Vegas, both are 20. Colgate did not have a bogey in his round, which he finished off in style with two birdies.
Thomas, in his first national championship, birdied five of his first eight holes and also closed with birdies on his final two holes.