Nick Carlson isn't afraid to wear his emotions on his sleeve
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI (August 19, 2016) -- Nick
Carlson, ranked nearly 2,000 in the World Amateur Golf
Rankings continued his improbable run at the U.S.
Amateur as he defeated Big 10 rival Dylan Meyer 3&1 in
“I'm the calmest I've ever been this week,” Carlson
said after his round. “I'm not really sure what's going
on. I'm not sure who is playing golf for me, but it's
happening, and it's pretty cool.”
Meyer, the 35-seed, took an early 2 up lead with
wins on the first two holes and looked to be in control
until a storm system rolled through Oakland Hills
Country Club causing play to be delayed for roughly 45
minutes. At the time of the stoppage Meyers held a 2 up
lead after nine holes.
Following the restart Carlson, a University of
Michigan sophomore, won the 10th and 11th holes with
pars to square the match. On the par-5 12th Carlson,
the 41st seed, poured in a birdie to win his third straight
hole and take a 1 up lead.
Meyer, the Western Amateur winner, answered
back with a downhill snaking birdie putt on the par-3
13th to even the match off again, but only briefly.
Now on the par-4 14th both players missed the
green long, Carlson in the deep rough and Meyer in the
fringe. Playing first Carlson was simply hoping to put it
close; he did one better draining the chip and after
Meyers missed his attempt the Hamilton, MI native was
in front for good.
“I drew an amazing lie,” said Carlson of his third
shot on No. 14. “It was perfect. Probably the best one
I've had all week. And then I bumped a 9-iron into the
hill. I hit the leaf I was trying to hit and it took another
hop and just kind of trickled right on down.”
Carlson took a 2 up lead on No. 15 with a conceded
birdie after he stuck his approach shot on the par-4
Meyer kept his hopes alive with a gutsy halve on
the 16th before Carlson closed out the match on No. 17.
Following the rain delay Carlson won an improbable
six of eight holes to flip the match.
In the semifinals Carlson will match up against the
highest remaining seed, No. 28 Curtis Luck of Australia.
Luck, the seventh ranked amateur in the world was able
to outlast No. 61 Sahith Theegala 2 up.
Through the first 11-holes of the match the two
traded 1 up leads and with eight holes to play
everything was all-square.
Luck then rattled off wins on the 12th and 13th
holes to take a 2 up lead, only to have Thegala even the
match with victorious on Nos. 15 and 16. The win on
the No. 16 came via a birdie as the Pepperdine
sophomore drained yet another clutch putt, something
he had done all week long.
With the match all-square once more Luck, the
2016 Western Australia Open winner,
responded like an amateur who has played in a number
of professional events should. First he birdied the 17th
to take the lead before clinching a final four berth with a
par on the closing hole.
Talking about the large crowds that should be
following his semifinal match with Carlson, Luck said,
"It's always good to have a crowd, I'm looking forward
to it. We'll just see. Hopefully, maybe I'll have to give
them something to clap about even if they don't want
to. That's how it is. I understand, being from Michigan,
he's going to have a big following. And it's great to see
he's got such a massive crowd supporting him this
No. 31 Jonah Texiera of USC won five of the first
seven holes in his match to take a commanding 5 up
lead in his 3&2 quarterfinal victory over No. 10 Luis
Gagne. LSU's Gagne would try to rally and he did pull
within 2 down thanks to wins on the 9th, 11th and 12th
holes but Texiera proved to be to much.
After a halve on the 13th and 14th holes Texiera
extended his lead back to 3 up with a 15th hole par that
moved the match to dormie.
Gagne needed to win the 16th but after both
players parred it was Texiera who got into the field after
finishing as the first alternate in sectional qualifying
Texiera will be facing the highest remaining seed in
the semifinals, No. 38 Brad Dalke who bested No. 62
David Boote 3&2. The Oklahoma sophomore came
surging out of the gates with four consecutive birdies as
he took a 3 up lead.
Boote would hang tight getting within 2 down on a
couple of occasions, however Dalke playing on his
birthday rolled in a number
of momentum sustaining putts throughout the afternoon
as he closed out the match with a birdie on the 16th.
8:00 a.m EST-No. 41 Nick Carlson vs. No. 28
8:20 a.m. EST-No. 31 Jonah Texeira vs. No. 38 Brad
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