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US Amateur: Quarterfinal Match Summaries
25 Aug 2006
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CHASKA, Minnesota (August 25, 2006) -- Latest match results from the USGA Amateur, played at Hazeltine National Golf Club follow.

Quarterfinal Summary:

Webb Simpson of Raleigh, North Carolina def. Alex Prugh of Spokane, Washington, 2 & 1
Wake Forest star Webb Simpson defeated Alex Prugh, in a battle of the belly putters (watching these guys putt vs. Trip Kuehne struggling with the short stick makes you want to go out and get one).

Simpson built a 4-up lead at the turn by playing 2-under-par golf, but Prugh fought back with birdies on Nos. 11 and 14 to give himself a chance. The players shared bogeys at Nos. 15 and 16, and Simpson closed out the match with a par on No. 17. Simpson once played with North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith when he was 12-years-old in what he calls one of the highlights of his career. He shot 73 that day, and the two have remained in touch since.

Ryan Yip of Canada def Oliver Fisher of England, 4&3

Ryan Yip, the Kent State player and recent semifinalist in the Canadian Amateur, defeated English junior star and Nick Faldo protege Oliver Fisher, 4 & 3. Fisher was the youngest-ever player on the GB&I Walker Cup team when he competed (with verve) at Chicago Golf Club in 2005.

There was some confusion at the close of the match, as Yip hit his 3rd shot to inches on the par-5 with Fisher in the back bunker. As the players reached the green, Fisher said “Is that it?” and the with the referee looking on, Yip gave Fisher the nod to try the bunker shot, which if holed would have forced the match to the next hole. Alas, Fisher made a nice try at holing the shot but it finished wide-right, and the 17-year-old displayed the kind of attitude in the TV interview that will likely result in him being around a long time, saying “It’s only a game – good luck to Ryan the rest of the way.”

John Kelly of St. Louis, Missouri def Trip Kuehne of Dallas, Texas 3 & 2
Two-time Walker Cup player Trip Kuehne struggled considerably with his putting stroke, prompting commentator Gary Koch to say “When you’re struggling with the 4-5 footers, sometimes it seems like you have one on every hole.”

Isn’t that the truth.

But Kuehne’s opponent, John Kelly had several chances to capitalize on Kuehne’s putting woes but didn’t convert them, an example being a 5-6 foot putt on the 15th hole that he could have made to go dormie. At No. 16, a water-guarded, 402-yard par 4, Kuehne, two down with three holes to play, placed his tee shot in the center of the fairway, then shockingly fired off a hosel-rocket that found the water on the right. The match was essentially over with that shot, as the 21-year-old Kelly played for a bogey to win the hole and match.

”I ended the week just like I started it. I shanked a ball on the first hole of the tournament, and finished that way today,” said a disconsolate Kuehne, the oldest player to make the quarterfinals.

Richey Ramsay of Scotland def. Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, California - 21 holes
The match of the day.

Ramsay has the club on a textbook-perfect plane on the backswing, and he plays the rest of his game in the manner of a seasoned amateur champion, with Irish Amateur and Scottish Amateur titles under his belt. The 17-year-old Fowler, who earlier this week won a match with 8 birdies in 13 holes, got a bit loose in spots but hung tough against Ramsay with his mistakes being again balanced by his explosive style -- 5 birdies on Friday including crucial ones at Nos. 16 and 17, which brought the match back from 2-down to all square. The players halved the difficult 18th with pars, then did the same at the first extra hole, before splitting the second extra holes with bogeys. Ramsay ended things with a birdie on the third playoff hole.

To view the scorecard from this amazing match, click here to visit the USGA website.

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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 event, which has no age restriction, is open to those with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. It is the pre-eminent amateur competition in the world. Applications are typically placed online, starting the third week in April at www.usga.org.

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