Playing in his home state Nick Carlson is onto U.S. Amateur semifinals
Nick Carlson isn't afraid to wear his emotions on his sleeve <br>(USGA Photo)
Nick Carlson isn't afraid to wear his emotions on his sleeve
(USGA Photo)

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI (August 19, 2016) -- Nick Carlson, ranked nearly 2,000 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings continued his improbable run at the U.S. Amateur as he defeated Big 10 rival Dylan Meyer 3&1 in the quarterfinals.

“I'm the calmest I've ever been this week,” Carlson said after his round. “I'm not really sure what's going on. I'm not sure who is playing golf for me, but it's happening, and it's pretty cool.”

Meyer, the 35-seed, took an early 2 up lead with wins on the first two holes and looked to be in control until a storm system rolled through Oakland Hills Country Club causing play to be delayed for roughly 45 minutes. At the time of the stoppage Meyers held a 2 up lead after nine holes.

Following the restart Carlson, a University of Michigan sophomore, won the 10th and 11th holes with pars to square the match. On the par-5 12th Carlson, the 41st seed, poured in a birdie to win his third straight hole and take a 1 up lead.

Meyer, the Western Amateur winner, answered back with a downhill snaking birdie putt on the par-3 13th to even the match off again, but only briefly.

Now on the par-4 14th both players missed the green long, Carlson in the deep rough and Meyer in the fringe. Playing first Carlson was simply hoping to put it close; he did one better draining the chip and after Meyers missed his attempt the Hamilton, MI native was in front for good.

“I drew an amazing lie,” said Carlson of his third shot on No. 14. “It was perfect. Probably the best one I've had all week. And then I bumped a 9-iron into the hill. I hit the leaf I was trying to hit and it took another hop and just kind of trickled right on down.”

Carlson took a 2 up lead on No. 15 with a conceded birdie after he stuck his approach shot on the par-4 close.

Meyer kept his hopes alive with a gutsy halve on the 16th before Carlson closed out the match on No. 17.

Following the rain delay Carlson won an improbable six of eight holes to flip the match.

In the semifinals Carlson will match up against the highest remaining seed, No. 28 Curtis Luck of Australia. Luck, the seventh ranked amateur in the world was able to outlast No. 61 Sahith Theegala 2 up.

Through the first 11-holes of the match the two traded 1 up leads and with eight holes to play everything was all-square.

Luck then rattled off wins on the 12th and 13th holes to take a 2 up lead, only to have Thegala even the match with victorious on Nos. 15 and 16. The win on the No. 16 came via a birdie as the Pepperdine sophomore drained yet another clutch putt, something he had done all week long.

With the match all-square once more Luck, the 2016 Western Australia Open winner, responded like an amateur who has played in a number of professional events should. First he birdied the 17th to take the lead before clinching a final four berth with a par on the closing hole.

Talking about the large crowds that should be following his semifinal match with Carlson, Luck said, "It's always good to have a crowd, I'm looking forward to it. We'll just see. Hopefully, maybe I'll have to give them something to clap about even if they don't want to. That's how it is. I understand, being from Michigan, he's going to have a big following. And it's great to see he's got such a massive crowd supporting him this week.”

No. 31 Jonah Texiera of USC won five of the first seven holes in his match to take a commanding 5 up lead in his 3&2 quarterfinal victory over No. 10 Luis Gagne. LSU's Gagne would try to rally and he did pull within 2 down thanks to wins on the 9th, 11th and 12th holes but Texiera proved to be to much.

After a halve on the 13th and 14th holes Texiera extended his lead back to 3 up with a 15th hole par that moved the match to dormie.

Gagne needed to win the 16th but after both players parred it was Texiera who got into the field after finishing as the first alternate in sectional qualifying advancing.

Texiera will be facing the highest remaining seed in the semifinals, No. 38 Brad Dalke who bested No. 62 David Boote 3&2. The Oklahoma sophomore came surging out of the gates with four consecutive birdies as he took a 3 up lead.

Boote would hang tight getting within 2 down on a couple of occasions, however Dalke playing on his birthday rolled in a number of momentum sustaining putts throughout the afternoon as he closed out the match with a birdie on the 16th.


8:00 a.m EST-No. 41 Nick Carlson vs. No. 28 Curtis Luck
8:20 a.m. EST-No. 31 Jonah Texeira vs. No. 38 Brad Dalke

-The USGA contributed to this story

Results: U.S. Amateur
WinAustraliaCurtis LuckAustralia2000
Runner-upTXBrad DalkeMcKinney, TX1500
SemifinalsMINick CarlsonHamilton, MI1000
SemifinalsCAJonah TexeiraPorter Ranch, CA1000
QuarterfinalsINDylan MeyerEvansville, IN700

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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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