Williams, Russell square off for Western Amateur Championship
04 Aug 2012
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com
see also: Skokie Country Club
Chris Williams' summer rolls on to another key match.
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (Aug 4, 2012) -- After Saturday's semifinal matches, the championship match at the grueling Western Amateur --- perhaps the amateur game's toughest test --- is set at Exmoor Country Club.
Washington Huskies star Chris Williams, the No. 15 player in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com U.S. Rankings, looks to add to his terrific summer against Jordan Russell, the recent Texas A&M graduate ranked No. 9 in the U.S.
Both players prevalied in grueling morning matches to knock off a pair of red-hot competitors.
Russell bested Peter Williamson in 20 holes to move to the finals. No player led by more than one hole and Russell battled back after going down a hole late on two separate occasions against Williamson, who entered the event as one of the favorites thanks to his wins at the North & South Amateur and the Southern Amateur already this summer.
After Russell made the match all square again with a birdie on the par-5 15th, the two battled until the former Aggie made another birdie on the par-4 second hole.
Williams, who has stormed up the rankings the last two years at Washington, prevailed in 19 holes against Abraham Ancer of the University of Oklahoma. Ancer won the first hole of the match and held that advantage through the sixth hole and again after the turn. Once Williams took the lead back on No. 12, Ancer evened things up until Williams dropped in an eagle 3 on the par-5 1st hole, which was the 19th of the match.
The final match is set for 1 p.m. CST. Follow the match via the link below and be sure to log back on for more information when it's completed.
ABOUT THE Western Amateur
Invitational event, known to many as the
'Masters of Amateur Golf.' Quite probably the
hardest amateur tournament to win.
156 invited players come from across the
globe to play one of the toughest formats in
amateur golf. The tournament starts with 18
holes of stroke play on Tuesday and
Wednesday after which the field is cut to the
low 44 scores and ties. Thursday it's a long
day of 36 holes of stroke play to determine
the “Sweet Sixteen” who compete at Match
Play on Friday and Saturday (two matches
each day if you're going to the finals) to
decide the champion.
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