Meet the Quarterfinalists

By USGA Staff
August 15, 2013

Adam Ball, 19, of Richmond, Va.

  • First alternate from the Midlothian, Va., sectional qualifier after losing a playoff to Bo Andrews for the final qualifying spot
  • Took the spot that was being held for USA Walker Cup player No. 5
  • Sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where his father, Matt, is the head golf coach, and brother, Matt Jr., is on the team; criminal justice major
  • Semifinalist in 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, losing to eventual champion Jordan Spieth
  • First in history to win four Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA) Junior championships

Corey Conners, 21, of Canada

  • Senior at Kent State University in Ohio
  • Member of winning Canadian team at 2013 Copa de las Americas
  • Member of Canada’s 2012 World Amateur Team that tied for sixth in Turkey
  • Canada’s top-ranked amateur golfer (No. 41 in World Amateur Ranking)
  • Defeated by 2013 USA Walker Cup selection Max Homa in the Round of 64 at 2012 U.S. Amateur
  • Was runner-up at 2013 Canadian Amateur to Eli Cole

Matt Fitzpatrick, 18, of England

  • Incoming freshman at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
  • No. 2 in World Amateur Golf Ranking
  • Earned low-amateur honors at 2013 British Open at Muirfield
  • Runner-up at 2013 England Men’s Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the 2012 British Boys Amateur Championship
  • Member of the 2012 and 2013 England Men’s National Teams
  • Competing in first USGA championship

Oliver Goss, 19, of Australia

  • Sophomore at the University of Tennessee, where he is a kinesiology major
  • Advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 U.S. Amateur, falling to 2013 USA Walker Cup member Justin Thomas, 2 up
  • Greenkeeper at Royal Fremantle Golf Club
  • Won 2012 Western Australia Amateur, where he defeated fellow 2013 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist Brady Watt in a playoff
  • Tied for eighth at the 2012 Master of the Amateurs
  • Finished tied for third in stroke-play qualifying, three strokes behind co-medalists Watt and Neil Raymond

Brandon Matthews, 19, of Dupont, Pa.

  • Sophomore at Temple University in Philadelphia
  • Chip-in for par on 36th hole of Open sectional qualifier at Century C.C. made ESPN SportsCenter’s top 10 plays
  • Runner-up in the 2013 Pennsylvania Amateur to Chris Ault
  • Winner of 2013 Philadelphia Open in playoff
  • Winner of 2013 Patterson Cup
  • Competing in first USGA championship

Neil Raymond, 27, of England

  • Shot 6-under 134 during stroke-play qualifying to share medalist honors in his first USGA championship
  • Birdied final hole to win 2013 St. Andrews Links Trophy
  • Two-time winner of the Brazabon Trophy, awarded to English stroke-play champion
  • Winner of 2012 English Golf Union Order of Merit
  • Runner-up at 2012 Spanish Amateur
  • Member of England team at 2012 World Amateur Team Championship

Scottie Scheffler, 17, of Dallas, Texas

  • Won 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif.
  • Currently No. 16 in World Amateur Golf Ranking
  • Member of 2013 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup and 2012 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup teams
  • Two-time Rolex Junior All-American (2011 and 2012)
  • Led Highland Park High golf team to Texas 4A State Championship in 2013
  • Has made verbal commitment to attend University of Texas in fall of 2014

Brady Watt, 22, of Australia

  • Currently No. 9 in World Amateur Golf Ranking
  • Runner-up in 2013 Australian Master of the Amateurs
  • Winner of the 2013 Western Australia Amateur and runner-up in the 2012 Western Australia Open
  • Once shot 62 in the Ten Nations Cup in South Africa, his lowest competitive 18-hole score
  • Lists occupation as “professional cleaner”
  • Shared medalist honors with Neil Raymond at 6-under 134 in first USGA championship
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