by F.W. Manning II, The Pilot
PINEHURST, North Carolina (July 2, 2010) -- Donald Constable and Kelly Kraft will tee off at 8 a.m. Saturday morning on Pinehurst’s Course No. 2 in the 36-hole championship match of the 110th Men’s North and South Amateur.
Kraft knocked off defending champion David Chung in a match that went 22 holes, while Constable scored a 3 and 2 win over 19th seeded Kyle Peterman in Friday's afternoon semifinal matches.
Constable, the 31st seed from Deephaven, Minn., was the first player to secure a spot in Saturday’s final with his win over Peterman.
On the 16th hole, with the contest dormie, Constable matched Peterman’s birdie to advance on to the championship match.
Kraft, the 13th seed from Denton, Texas, had a much harder time in knocking off the top-seeded Chung. In a match that went back-and-forth, Kraft's birdie on the 22nd hole proved to be the clincher.
It was Kraft’s fourth consecutive match in the tournament to go extra holes. After winning 3 and 1 in Wednesday’s opening round, he played 42 holes on Thursday, winning in 20 holes in the second round and 22 in the third. Kraft has now played 100 holes through the first five rounds of the championship.
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previously posted, from Friday morning's Quarterfinals
It took David Chung just 13 holes to return to the semifinals of the North & South Amateur Championship being played on Pinehurst No. 2.
The tournament's top seed and defending champion defeated 41st seed Josh Eure 7 and 5 in Friday morning's quarterfinals.
Chung held a 1-up lead through five holes, then won the next five holes in a row culminating in a birdie four on the par-5 10th. He put the match away with a birdie three on the par-4 13th.
Chung's opponent in the semifinal match that got under way at 1 p.m. had to put in considerably more work to advance.
After his third-round win lasted 22 holes, 13th seeded Kelly Kraft was taken to extra holes again before putting away 12th seeded Riley Arp on the first extra hole of his quarterfinals win.
The other semifinal, which teed off at 1:10 p.m., features 19th seeded Kyle Peterman, a 20-hole winner over Barrett Kelpin in the quarterfinals, versus 31st seed Donald Constable, who advanced with a 1-up win over seventh seeded Lee Bedford.