U.S. Amateur quarterfinals underway
15 Aug 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for U.S. Amateur, Cherry Hills Country Club, Scottie Scheffler Rankings

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BROOKLINE, Mass. (Aug. 15, 2013) -- Scottie Scheffler has the chance to make history.

Just a few weeks after winning the U.S. Junior Amateur, the University of Texas-bound high school senior is into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur.

Scheffler won two matches Thursday, defeating Cal star and Walker Cup hopeful Brandon Hagy in 20 holes before dispatching of Austria's Mathias Schwab in Thursday afternoon's third round.

For his efforts, Scheffler has the chance to take on No. 2 seed and the top-ranked player in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com World Player Rankings, Brady Watt.

Watt, from Australia, beat Georgia Tech's Seth Reeves and Canadian Charlie Hughes on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinal round.

In the other quarterfinal in the bottom half of the bracket, another Australian hopes to win the U.S. title. Oliver Goss beat Carr Vernon and Xander Schauffele. He'll take on Brandon Matthews, of Temple. Matthews beat Gavin Green and Illinois' Charlie Danielson.

At the top of the bracket, the No. 1 seed remains. Neil Raymond of England defeated Zachary Olsen, 1-up, and Australian Nathan Holman, 2-and-1, to move to Friday's quarterfinals. He'll take on red-hot Kent State golfer Corey Conners.

Conners had two of the day's more impressive wins, logging a 2-and-1 victory over Bryson Dechambeau and dominating two-time Walker Cup selection Patrick Rodgers, 5-and-3. Despite needing a Wednesday morning playoff to qualify for match play, Rodgers was the odds-on favorite to play deep into the weekend.

The winner of that quarterfinal match will face the winner of the final match between Adam Ball and Matthew Fitzpatrick. England's Fitzpatrick, of course, was the low amateur at last month's British Open.

Results: U.S. Amateur
WinEnglandMatthew FitzpatrickEngland2000
Runner-upAustraliaOliver GossAustralia1500
SemifinalsCanadaCorey ConnersCanada1000
SemifinalsAustraliaBrady WattAustralia1000
QuarterfinalsEnglandNeil RaymondEngland700

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ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur

The U.S. Amateur, the oldest USGA championship, was first played in 1895 at Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower. It is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. It is the pre-eminent amateur competition in the world. Applications are typically placed online in the spring at www.usga.org.

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