Western Amateur down to final four at Rich Harvest Farms
Medalist Robby Shelton (top left), will face<Br>Dawson Armstrong (top right) while Jake Knapp<br>(bottom left) will do battle with Aaron Wise
Medalist Robby Shelton (top left), will face
Dawson Armstrong (top right) while Jake Knapp
(bottom left) will do battle with Aaron Wise

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. — Saturday's semifinal matchups are set for the 113th Western Amateur. Two kids from the Southeast will do battle while two Pac-12 collegians, both natives of California, will dual it out on the other side of the bracket.

Medalist and No. 1 seed Robby Shelton of the University of Alabama was the first player through to the semis on Friday afternoon, handing Australian junior golfer Ryan Ruffels a 4-and-3 defeat. The win will pit him against Tennessee native Dawson Armstrong on Saturday morning.

Armstrong, who at one point held the 36-hole stroke play qualifying lead after opening rounds of 67 and 66, is a sophomore at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He took down 2013 Western Amateur winner Jordan Niebrugge in the quarterfinals to punch his ticket to Saturday.

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The most compelling match of the afternoon wound up being the duel between UCLA senior Jake Knapp and University of Texas junior Gavin Hall. The pair needed six extra holes after Hall forced sudden death with a clutch birdie at 18. Knapp and Hall managed to both make birdies on the fifth extra hole, the par-3 5th at Rich Harvest Farms, to force what was eventually their final hole. Knapp knocked an incredible fairway bunker shot to two feet and tapped in to eliminate Hall.

Knapp will face fellow Southern Californian Aaron Wise on Saturday morning. Wise, a sophomore at the University of Oregon from Lake Elsinore, Calif., would be a remarkable champion at tournament's end considering he won last week's Pacific Coast Amateur. Wise defeated soon-to-be University of Florida freshman Sam Horsfield of England in his quarterfinal match by a count of 3-and-2.

Results: Western Amateur
WinTNDawson ArmstrongBrentwood, TN150067-66-74-74=281
Runner-upCAAaron WiseLake Elsinore, CA120076-64-71-70=281
SemifinalsCAJake KnappCosta Mesa, CA90071-70-72-70=283
SemifinalsALRobby SheltonWilmer, AL90071-68-71-67=277
QuarterfinalsNYGavin HallPittsford, NY70070-73-70-66=279

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ABOUT THE Western Amateur

Invitational event, and the most important tournament in American amateur golf outside of the U.S. Amateur. With a grueling schedule, it's quite possibly 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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