U.S. Amateur quarterfinals underway
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BROOKLINE, Mass. (Aug. 15, 2013) -- Scottie
Scheffler has the chance to make history.
Just a few weeks after winning the U.S. Junior
Amateur, the University of Texas-bound high
school senior is into the quarterfinals of the
Scheffler won two matches Thursday,
defeating Cal star and Walker Cup hopeful
Brandon Hagy in 20 holes before dispatching of
Austria's Mathias Schwab in Thursday
afternoon's third round.
For his efforts, Scheffler has the chance to
take on No. 2 seed and the top-ranked player
in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com World Player
Rankings, Brady Watt.
Watt, from Australia, beat Georgia Tech's Seth
Reeves and Canadian Charlie Hughes on
Thursday to advance to the quarterfinal round.
In the other quarterfinal in the bottom half of
the bracket, another Australian hopes to win
the U.S. title. Oliver Goss beat Carr Vernon
and Xander Schauffele. He'll take on Brandon
Matthews, of Temple. Matthews beat Gavin
Green and Illinois' Charlie Danielson.
At the top of the bracket, the No. 1 seed
remains. Neil Raymond of England defeated
Zachary Olsen, 1-up, and Australian Nathan
Holman, 2-and-1, to move to Friday's
quarterfinals. He'll take on red-hot Kent State
golfer Corey Conners.
Conners had two of the day's more impressive
wins, logging a 2-and-1 victory over Bryson
Dechambeau and dominating two-time Walker
Cup selection Patrick Rodgers, 5-and-3.
Despite needing a Wednesday morning playoff
to qualify for match play, Rodgers was the
odds-on favorite to play deep into the
The winner of that quarterfinal match will face
the winner of the final match between Adam
Ball and Matthew Fitzpatrick. England's
Fitzpatrick, of course, was the low amateur at
last month's British Open.
ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur
The U.S. Amateur, the oldest USGA
championship, was first played in 1895 at
Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. The
which has no age restriction, is open to
with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower. It is
of 13 national championships conducted
annually by the USGA, 10 of which are
for amateurs. It is the pre-eminent
competition in the world.
Applications are typically placed online, starting
third week in April at www.usga.org.
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