PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - Kevin Rakowski carded a 4-over par 74 to earn medalist honors at Harkers Hollow Golf Club Wednesday, as six players qualified for the 87th New Jersey State Golf Association Public Links Championship. In a small field of just 28 golfers, Rakowski’s 4-over was two strokes clear of the next-best competitor.

“My driver worked well,” said Rakowski. “It’s a short course, but you have to hit a lot of drivers. Because the greens are small, you need to hit wedges in. Driver was good, the wedges were good. That was pretty much it.”


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Rakowski set the tone for his round by making a birdie on the opening hole. After driving it into the right rough, he hit a 6-iron over trees to 12 feet and drained the putt. It was Rakowski’s only birdie of the round. He also made five bogeys and 12 pars, en route to a 37-37=74.

Rakowski’s medalist performance earned him a spot in the Public Links Championship, which will be a 36-hole contest on August 18th at Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg.



“It’s my favorite course in Jersey,” Rakowski said of Ballyowen. “It’s been a while, so I’m definitely looking forward to it. It’s going to be a good time.”

Six players qualified for the championship at Ballyowen. Mark Lyszczasz and Matt Oskey shot 6-over, Calvin Ralph shot 7-over, and Joseph Mallory and Frank Longo shot 9-over. The final Public Links Championship qualifier is slated for Thursday morning at Francis Byrne Golf Course in West Orange.

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