Bill Mayfair, 21 of Scottsdale, Arizona, defeated Eric Rebmann of Plantation,
Florida, 4 and 3, in the final at the Jupiter Hills Club in Jupiter, Florida.
Mayfair became the first player ever to win the U.S. Amateur and Amateur
Public Links Championships. He won the APL in 1986. Scott Gump of Rockledge,
Florida, earned the qualifying medal at three-under-par 141, two strokes
better than fellow Floridians Miles McConnell and Nolan Henke.
Gump was eliminated in the semifinal round by Rebmann, who defeated
two-time champion Jay Sigel in a quarterfinal match. Mayfair twice was
extended to extra holes on his way to the final. He defeated Scott Mayne
of Warwick, Bermuda, on the 19th hole in the first round and eliminated
McConnell in the quarterfinals. He defeated Stephen Ford of Melbourne,
Florida, 3 and 2, to reach the final against Rebmann.
Mayfair won the fourth hole with a birdie, then lost the advantage when
Rebmann birdied the fifth. Mayfair regained the lead at the seventh and
increased to 2 up with a par at the eighth. Rebmann pulled even by winning
the ninth and 11th with pars. Mayfair held a 1-up lead after the morning
round, but Rebmann squared the match with a birdie at the 20th. Mayfair
took the lead for good when Rebmann three-putted at the 22nd hole. Mayfair
built his lead to 2 up at the 26th and 3 up at the 29th. He held that
edge at the 33rd hole, where he closed Rebmann out with a par.
Buddy Alexander, the 1986 champion, failed to qualify for match play.
He was eliminated in a playoff in which 25 players battled for nine spots
in match play. The USGA accepted a record 4,085 entries for the championship.