Saturday, July 14, 2007

SMU's Colt Knost wins U.S. Publinx Title

colt knost

(Photo by Fred Vuich/USGA)

Congratulations to Pilot Point's Colt Knost, who followed up his senior season at SMU by winning the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship on Saturday in Wheaton, Ill.

Knost delayed turning pro after completing his SMU career in order to chase a spot on the U.S. Walker Cup team. I'd say his chances of getting that spot just improved dramatically.

But now Knost may be faced with another difficult decision about when to turn pro. The Publinx champ traditionally is invited to The Masters, and Knost would get that invitation for the 2008 Masters. But he'll only get to play The Masters if he remains an amateur.

Knost, 22 years old, defeated 18-year-old Cody Paladino of Kensington, Conn., in the championship match by a score fo 6-and-4.

See the USAPL Web site for complete coverage.

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