Yang, Wedel reach U.S. Am quarters

Gunn Yang of San Diego State and Fred Wedel of Pepperdine advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship on the Highlands Course at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.

Yang (pictured), a native of South Korea who played at Torrey Pines High, beat Paul Howard of England, 1 up, in the round of 32 and upset Ollie Schniederjans of Powder Springs, Ga., and Georgia Tech, the top-ranked college player in the nation, also 1 up, in the round of 16.

“This match was maybe the best match I’ve ever played so far,” said Yang, who will be a sophomore in the fall. “I was smiling on the course, because he hit so many good shots also. It was a real interesting match.”

Wedel, from the Woodlands, Texas, defeated Derek Bard of New Hartford, N.Y., and Jimmy Mullen, England (139), both by scores of 2 and 1.

In other round of 32 matches, Jon Rahm of Spain eliminated Rico Hoey of Rancho Cucamonga, 3 and 2; Eli Cole of Los Angeles beat Jonathan Garrick of Atherton, 1 up, and Denny McCarthy of Rockville, Md., ousted Jonathan Chang of Corona, 5 and 3.

In the round of 16, Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh knocked out Byron Meth of San Diego on the 21st hole; Roman Robledo of Harlingen, Texas, beat Bryson DeChambeau of Clovis, 3 and 1, and Denny McCarthy of Rockville, Md., got past Cole, 1 up.

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