UNLV player Ernst leads by one after first day of U.S. Amateur Public Links

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Published: Monday, July 12, 2010 | 11:17 p.m.

Derek Ernst from UNLV shot a 6-under 65 for a one-shot lead on John-Tyler Griffin of Georgia Tech after the first round of the U.S. Amateur Public Links on Monday.

Ernest, a 20-year-old from Clovis, Calif., made nine birdies at Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center, five during an eight-hole stretch on the back nine. The rising junior had bogeys on the first two holes and another on No. 18.

Griffin, a senior from Wilson, N.C., had his lone bogey on the 14th hole.

Patrick Reed of Augusta, Ga., and Justin Lower of Canal Fulton, Ohio, are tied for third at 3 under.

The field of 156 players will be cut to 64 after Tuesday’s second round. Match play begins Wednesday.