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Two California players advance to quarterfinals of U.S. Amateur

by Admin on August 16, 2012

Michael Weaver of Fresno will face Ricardo Gouveia of Portugal in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Championship. (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)

Justin Thomas, 19, of Goshen, Ky., defeated medalist Bobby Wyatt, 1 up, in a matchup of University of Alabama teammates on Thursday to become one of eight players to advance to the quarterfinal round at the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship at the par-71, 7,409-yard Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado.

Michael Weaver, 21, of Fresno who will be a redshirt junior at the University of California at Berkeley, and Steven Fox, 21, of Hendersonville, Tenn., have each registered three match-play victories after surviving Tuesday’s 17-for-14 playoff to make the 64-player bracket. In the third round, Weaver sank a birdie on the 19th hole to advance over Albin Choi of Canada, while Fox won the last two holes for a 2-up victory over Zack Munroe of Charlotte, N.C.

Brandon Hagy advanced to the quarterfinals and will face Cheng-Tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei. (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)

Brandon Hagy of Westlake Village, a rising junior at the University of California at Berkeley playing in his first USGA championship, defeated Patrick Newcomb of Benton, Ky., 3 and 2.

Cheng-Tsung Pan, 20, of Chinese Taipei, reached the quarterfinals of a USGA championship for the first time since the 2007 U.S.  Amateur at The Olympic Club as a 15-year-old. Pan, who tied for second in stroke play behind Wyatt, and has played in five of the last six U.S. Amateurs, saw a three-hole lead evaporate against Andrew Presley, 20, of Fort Worth, Texas. Pan birdied the par-4 16th by reaching the green from a fairway bunker and converting a 35-foot putt.

Chris Williams, 20, of Moscow, Idaho, broke open a tight third-round match with France’s Edouard Espana, 20, by winning the opening three holes on the inward nine with a par and two birdies for a 3-and-2 triumph. Williams, the world’s top-ranked amateur and a member of the 2011 USA Walker Cup Team, was also an easy 5-and-3 winner over Adam Stephenson of Greenville, N.C. in the second round.

Oliver Goss, the youngest player remaining in the field at age 18, parred 16 and 17 to defeat 27-year-old Bobby Leopold, 2 and 1, in the third round. Goss, who recently captured the Western Australian Amateur, will be a freshman at the University of Tennessee in the fall. Portugal’s Ricardo Gouveia, 21, made five birdies in a stretch of seven holes for a 5-and-3 victory over Devon Purser to join the group of eight U.S. Amateur quarterfinalists.

– Courtesy Brian DePasquale, USGA

Quarterfinal Pairings

Upper Bracket 
8:30 a.m. – Justin Thomas, Goshen, Ky. (139) vs. Oliver Goss, Australia (138)
8:45 a.m. – Ricardo Gouveia, Portugal (140) vs. Michael Weaver, Fresno, Calif. (143)

Lower Bracket 
9:00 a.m. – Steven Fox, Hendersonville, Tenn. (143) vs. Chris Williams, Moscow, Idaho (138)
9:15 a.m. – Cheng-Tsung Pan, Chinese Taipei (134) vs. Brandon Hagy, Westlake Village, Calif. (137)

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