Purser leads U.S. Publinks at Bandon

BANDON — Devon Purser was the only player among the field of 156 golfers to post an under-par score, carding a 1-under 69 in the first round of stroke-play qualifying on Monday at the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

The 18-year-old from Clearfield, Utah, managed six birdies over the 6,832-yard, par-70 Bandon Trails layout for a one-stroke lead over Maxwell Marsico, Jonathan Randolph and Derek Ernst.

On a day when most of the country was experiencing a wave of heat and humidity, the golfers at Bandon Trails were dealing with temperatures that barely reached the upper 50s, accompanied by winds that blew 20-25 miles per hour by midday. A steady stream of rain greeted those players who teed off in the afternoon wave.

Purser took advantage of his early starting time, hitting a wedge inside a foot for a birdie at his opening hole, No. 10. He played his outward nine in 3-under-par 32 in relatively benign conditions.

Women's U.S. Public Links

At Bandon, Kelsey Vines shot an even-par 71 Monday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of stroke play at the Women's U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

Vines, from San Antonio, Texas, leads Arizonans Cheyenne Woods and Julie Yang, who both shot 72 on the 6,095-yard Old Macdonald course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

Emily Tubert of Burbank, Calif., is another shot back at 73.

The second round of stroke play is today. The 156-player field will be trimmed to 64 for match play, starting Wednesday. The 36-hole final is Saturday.

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