VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (Aug. 21, 2008) – Top-ranked amateur Danny Lee, 18, of New Zealand (pictured left), continued his impressive summer hot streak by defeating Wichita State’s Connor McHenry, 20, of Jefferson City, Mo., Thursday afternoon, 7 & 6, to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst No. 2.
Lee, who made the cut at last week’s PGA Tour Wyndham Championship nearby in Greensboro, N.C., was the equivalent of six under par for 13 holes in ousting Clemson sophomore Jacob Burger, 5 & 4, in the day’s morning matches.
"I am really confident and played very aggressively today," said Lee. "Everything is working for me right now."
Meanwhile, highly decorated amateur Derek Fathauer, 22, of Jensen Beach, Fla., eliminated a pair of players with well-known fathers in Oklahoma State’s Kevin Tway, 19, of Edmond, Okla., and 18-year-old Peter Uihlein of Bradenton, Fla. Tway’s father, Bob, caddied for his son and skipped this week’s PGA Tour playoff event at The Barclays, while Uihlein is the son of Titleist executive Wally Uihlein.
Fathauer played 42 holes to win his pair of matches. He outlasted Tway in 22 holes in the afternoon, and came from behind to beat Uihlein in 20 holes in the morning.
"These matches have kept getting tougher, but I guess that’s how it goes here," said Fathauer said, who lost a 3-up advantage with five holes to play. "I’m happy with where I’m at and want to keep winning, but I don’t have any expectations. I just go out and play. I’ll get some good rest and be ready to go tomorrow."
Rickie Fowler, 19, of Murrieta, Calif., beat Jake Koppenberg of Everett, Wash., Thursday morning, 6 & 5, but was eliminated in the round of 16 in the afternoon by University of Georgia senior Adam Mitchell, 21, of Chattanooga, Tenn., 5 & 4.
Other players advancing to the quarterfinals include:
-University of Texas junior Charlie Holland, 22, of Dallas, who got by Stanford sophomore Sihwan Kim, 20, of Buena Park, Calif., in 23 holes, following a morning victory in 20 holes over Erik Flores of Grass Valley, Calif.
-Oklahoma State’s Morgan Hoffmann, 18, of Saddle Brook, N.J., who took care of University of Arkansas senior Andrew Landry, 21, of Groves, Texas, 2 and 1.
-Nineteen-year-old Drew Kittleson of Scottsdale, Ariz., who dispatched Duke University student Jeff Edelman, 5 and 4.
-University of Georgia incoming freshman Patrick Reed, 18, of Augusta, Ga., who survived a 23-hole match in the afternoon to eliminate N.C. State’s Brandon Detweiler, 21, of Akron, Pa.
-Twenty-two-year-old Canadian Graham Hill – a 2008 graduate of Eastern Michigan University – who defeated 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion Kevin Marsh, 32, of Las Vegas, Nev., 5 and 4.
--Story by Dave Fanucchi, USGA
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