Meet the 116th U.S. Amateur quarterfinalists
Playing in his home state Nick Carlson has advanced to the quarterfinals <br>(USGA Photo)
Playing in his home state Nick Carlson has advanced to the quarterfinals
(USGA Photo)

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI (August 18, 2016) -- After a long day of golf, the field of the 116th U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills Country Club has been trimmed to the final eight. The day began with the Round of 32 in the morning and was completed following the Round of 16.

Friday will feature the quarterfinal matches beginning at 1:30 p.m. EST, with the semifinals scheduled for Saturday. On Sunday the week will conclude with the grueling 36-hole championship match on the world famous Donald Ross layout.

By the time the final putt dropped on Thursday the lowest remaining seed was No. 10 Luis Gagne. While on the flip side No. 61 Sahith Theegala and No. 62 David Boote remained alive.

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Of the eight players left six are Americans; Nick Carlson, Brad Dalke, Luis Gagne, Dylan Meyer, Sahith Theegala and Jonah Texeira. The two players left carrying the international banner are Boote of Wales and Curtis Luck of Australia. Let's meet each of the quarterfinal contestants:

Quarterfinal No. 1 (1:30 p.m.): No. 33 Dylan Meyer vs. No. 41 Nick Carlson

Illinois junior Dylan Meyer has continued to grow his match play reputation this week. So far Meyer has defeated No. 32 Connor Syme, medalist winner Alex Smalley and No. 17 Sam Horsfield in a rematch of the Western Amateur title tilt.

The Evansville, IN resident started the month of August off with a win at the Western Amateur and now he will try to become the 12th player to win both championships in the same year. During his sophomore year at Illinois, Meyer earned All-Big Ten first team honors and was a PING All-America Honorable Mention.

Hamilton, MI native and Michigan sophomore Nick Carlson has taken the state by storm with his play through the first four days at Oakland Hills Country Club. Carlson has defeated No. 24 Zach Foushee, No. 9 Scott Gregory and No. 8 KK Limbhasut through the first half of match play.

During his freshman year at Michigan, Carlson was one of four Wolverines to appear in all 11 tournaments and he twice finished inside the top-5.

Quarterfinal No. 2 (1:45 p.m.): No. 61 Sahith Theegala vs. No. 28 Curtis Luck

Sahith Theegala had maybe the best season freshman season in Pepperdine history last year. Theegala was named the WCC Freshman of the Year and also to the All-WCC first team. The soon to be sophomore finished with a 71.06 scoring average, the fourth best for a freshman in program history.

Theegala, of Chino Hills, CA has defeated No. 4 Justin Suh, No. 29 Sam Burns and No. 20 Joaquin Niemann to reach the quarterfinals. The Pepperdine sophomore was also one of eight players to survive a 23 man playoff.

Curtis Luck of Australia has made his way to the final eight thanks to wins over No. 37 Andrew Huseman, No. 5 Davis Riley and No. 44 Cameron Young.

Luck is currently the seventh ranked amateur according to the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Quarterfinal No. 3 (2:00 p.m.): No. 31 Jonah Texeira vs. No. 10 Luis Gagne

Jonah Texeira, a junior at USC, was one of six Trojans to qualify for the U.S. Amateur. Texeira was a crucial part of the Trojan squad that made it to the NCAA Championship semifinals. During his sophomore year Texeira finished second on the team with 10 sub- 60 rounds. His best finish was a tie for second at the Southwestern Jones Invitational.

Texeira, from Porter Ranch, CA has so far outlasted No. 34 Colton Yates, No. 2 Dawson Armstrong and No. 50 Kyler Dunkle.

Luis Gagne of Orlando, FL had an impressive freshman season at LSU picking up co-medalist honors at the Tiger Classic while also finishing in the top-5 two other times. Prior to LSU Gagne was a 2014 AJGA Rolex Honorable Mention Junior All-American and a 2014 Florida Class 1A State Champion.

Quarterfinal No. 4 (2:15 p.m.): No. 62 David Boote vs. No. 38 Brad Dalke

The highest remaining seed left is David Boote, one of the eight players to survive the 23 for eight player playoff. Boote, of Wales, won his counties amateur championship in 2015 and has so far put together a more than impressive career at Stanford. At the end of April, Boote tied for third at the Pac-12 Championship.

Following the 2014 season, Boote was named an Honorable Mention All-American and in 2015 he was tabbed second team All-Pac 12.

Boote has defeated No. 3 Gavin Hall, No. 35 Ben Schlottman and No. 14 Collin Morikawa this week.

Oklahoma sophomore Brad Dalke his made his way to the quarterfinals with wins over No. 27 William Zalatoris, No. 59 Blair Hamilton and No. 22 Bryan Baumgarte.

Dalke, from Norman, OK committed to the Sooners as a 12-year-old and is coming off a successful freshman year. In November Dalke was named the Big 12 Golfer of the Month.

Last year Dalke won the Junior PGA Championship, more recently in July Dalke captured the Westwood Invitational.

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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