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LCpl Addison Lambeth competes in the US Golf Association 2013 Amateur Public Links Championship
Michael Trostel, USGA, with Andrew Blair

Addison Lambeth, of Browns Summit, N.C., hasn’t had much time to work on his golf game this summer. But it hasn’t been school work, a desk job or an injury that have kept him away from the course – it has been the long hours he has been working as a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps.

“I’ll try to suck it up and hit a few balls at the end of the day,” said Lambeth, 25, who opened with a 3-under 67 in the first round. “But after working for 14 hours it’s easy to lose focus. I don’t play anywhere near as much as these other guys out here.”

Lambeth has made the most of his first competitive event of the season. He was given leave for his qualifying rounds and shot 141 to share medalist honors at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va. Because his commanding officer is a big sports fan, Lambeth was able to get time off for this week as well. He didn’t have to travel far either – the host site, Laurel Hill, is located just 18 miles north of where he is stationed in Quantico, Va.

“I’ve got a lot of guys pulling for me,” said Lambeth, who also qualified for the APL in 2007 when he was a freshman at Appalachian State University. “I’m having a lot of fun, but I’ve already been here once. I want to win it this time.”

Addison Lambeth
Addison Lambeth, who shot a 3-under 67 Monday to tie for fifth place, plays his shot on the par-5 ninth hole. (USGA/Joel Kowsky). - Click image to enlarge

The 88th U.S. Amateur Public Links (APL) Championship takes place 15- 20 July, 2013 at the Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, VA. The APL championship has been an unqualified success since its inception in 1922, giving exposure to many public-course players who otherwise might not have an opportunity to compete in a national championship.

The APL Championship is open to amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1 of the current year, have been bona fide public-course players and who hold a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 4.4. A total of 3,020 entries were accepted for the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links, 14 fewer than were accepted in 2012. Admission to the APL is free and spectators are encouraged to attend.

Professional major championship winners who have competed in the APL include U.S. Open champions Tommy Bolt, Ed Furgol, David Graham and Ken Venturi; Masters Champions George Archer and Trevor Immelman; British Open champions Ben Curtis and Tony Lema (USMC Korean War combat veteran); and PGA Championship winners Rich Beem, Walter Burkemo, Bob Hamilton, Dave Marr and Bobby Nichols.

Admission to the APL is free and spectators are encouraged to attend. For more information, click on link: