BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI (August 18, 2016) -- After a
long day of golf, the field of the 116th U.S. Amateur at
Oakland Hills Country Club has been trimmed to the
final eight. The day began with the Round of 32 in the
morning and was completed following the Round of 16.
Friday will feature the quarterfinal matches
beginning at 1:30 p.m. EST, with
the semifinals scheduled for Saturday. On Sunday the
week will conclude with the grueling 36-hole
championship match on the world famous Donald Ross
By the time the final putt dropped on Thursday the
lowest remaining seed was No. 10 Luis Gagne. While on
the flip side No. 61 Sahith Theegala and No. 62 David
Boote remained alive.
Round of 16 Recap: The Quarterfinals of
Amateur are set
Round of 32 Recap: Dylan Meyer defeats medalist Alex
Smalley to advance to Round of 16
Of the eight players left six are Americans; Nick
Carlson, Brad Dalke, Luis Gagne, Dylan Meyer, Sahith
Jonah Texeira. The two players left carrying the
international banner are Boote of Wales and Curtis Luck
of Australia. Let's meet each of the quarterfinal
Quarterfinal No. 1 (1:30 p.m.): No. 33
vs. No. 41
Illinois junior Dylan Meyer has
continued to grow
his match play reputation this week. So far Meyer has
defeated No. 32
Connor Syme, medalist winner Alex Smalley and No. 17
Sam Horsfield in a rematch of the Western Amateur title
The Evansville, IN resident started the month of
August off with a win at the Western Amateur and now
he will try to become the 12th player to win both
championships in the same year. During his sophomore
year at Illinois, Meyer earned All-Big Ten first team
and was a PING All-America Honorable Mention.
Hamilton, MI native and Michigan sophomore Nick Carlson has taken
the state by storm with his play
through the first four days at Oakland Hills Country
Club. Carlson has defeated
No. 24 Zach Foushee, No. 9 Scott Gregory and No. 8 KK
Limbhasut through the first half of match play.
During his freshman year at Michigan, Carlson was
one of four Wolverines to appear in all 11 tournaments
and he twice finished inside the top-5.
Quarterfinal No. 2 (1:45 p.m.): No. 61 Sahith
Theegala vs. No. 28 Curtis Luck
Sahith Theegala had
maybe the best season
freshman season in Pepperdine history last year.
Theegala was named the WCC Freshman of the Year
and also to the All-WCC first team. The soon to be
sophomore finished with a 71.06 scoring average, the
fourth best for a freshman in program history.
Theegala, of Chino Hills, CA has defeated No. 4
Justin Suh, No. 29 Sam Burns and No. 20 Joaquin
Niemann to reach the quarterfinals. The Pepperdine
sophomore was also one of eight players to survive a 23
Curtis Luck of Australia has
made his way to the
final eight thanks to wins over No. 37 Andrew Huseman,
No. 5 Davis Riley and No. 44 Cameron Young.
Luck is currently the seventh ranked amateur
according to the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Quarterfinal No. 3 (2:00 p.m.): No. 31 Jonah
Texeira vs. No. 10 Luis Gagne
Jonah Texeira, a junior
at USC, was one of six
Trojans to qualify for the U.S. Amateur. Texeira was a
crucial part of the Trojan squad that made it to the
NCAA Championship semifinals. During his sophomore
year Texeira finished second on the team with 10 sub-
60 rounds. His best finish was a tie for second at the
Southwestern Jones Invitational.
Texeira, from Porter Ranch, CA has so far outlasted
No. 34 Colton Yates,
No. 2 Dawson Armstrong and No. 50 Kyler Dunkle.
Luis Gagne of Orlando,
FL had an impressive
freshman season at
LSU picking up co-medalist honors at the Tiger Classic
while also finishing in the top-5 two other times. Prior to
LSU Gagne was a 2014 AJGA Rolex Honorable Mention
Junior All-American and a 2014 Florida Class 1A State
Quarterfinal No. 4 (2:15 p.m.): No. 62 David
No. 38 Brad Dalke
The highest remaining seed left is David Boote, one
of the eight players to survive the 23 for eight player
playoff. Boote, of Wales, won his counties amateur
championship in 2015 and has so far put together a
more than impressive career at Stanford. At the end of
April, Boote tied for third at the Pac-12 Championship.
Following the 2014 season, Boote was named an
Honorable Mention All-American and in 2015 he was
tabbed second team All-Pac 12.
Boote has defeated No. 3 Gavin Hall, No. 35 Ben
Schlottman and No. 14 Collin Morikawa this week.
Oklahoma sophomore Brad Dalke his made his
to the quarterfinals with wins over No. 27 William
Zalatoris, No. 59 Blair Hamilton and No. 22 Bryan
Dalke, from Norman, OK committed to the Sooners
as a 12-year-old and is coming off a successful
freshman year. In November Dalke was named the Big
12 Golfer of the Month.
Last year Dalke won the Junior PGA Championship,
more recently in July Dalke captured the Westwood