Meet the 2014 U.S. Amateur Quarterfinalists


By USGA
August 14, 2014

Corey Conners, 22, of Canada
• Born Jan. 6, 1992 in Kitchener, Ontario
• No. 44 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
• Playing in his third U.S. Amateur and has advanced to quarterfinals for second consecutive year
• Reached U.S. Amateur semifinals last year and Round of 64 in 2012
• 2014 North & South Amateur runner-up (to Will Cromie) at Pinehurst No. 2
• 2013-14 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Co-Player of the Year at Kent State University
• Three-time All-MAC selection and received school’s 2014 outstanding male athlete award
• Played in this year’s PGA Tour RBC Canadian Open and competed for his country in the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship and the 2013 Copa de las Americas

Denny McCarthy, 21, of Rockville, Md.
• Born March 4, 1993 in Takoma Park, Md.
• No. 36 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
• Competing in his sixth consecutive U.S. Amateur and advanced past Round of 64 for first time
• Previously reached match play in 2010, 2011 and 2012
• A rising senior at the University of Virginia, he was a consensus 2014 second-team All-American
• Tied for sixth at this year’s NCAA Championship with a 54-hole score of 206 (4 under)
• 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference runner-up and 2012 ACC Freshman of the Year
• Tied for second at this year’s Porter Cup with a final-round 65

Zachary Olsen, 20, of Cordova, Tenn.
• Born June 1, 1994 in Memphis, Tenn.
• No. 147 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
• Playing in his second U.S. Amateur and reached Round of 32 last year (losing to co-medalist Neil Raymond)
• Defeated 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Will Zalatoris, 4 and 2, in the Round of 16 this year
• A freshman on Oklahoma State University’s 2014 NCAA runner-up team
• Tied for ninth at the Big 12 Conference Championship
• 2013 Southern Amateur champion, making birdie on the first hole in a three-man playoff
• 2011 Tennessee Golf Association Boys’ Junior Amateur Player of the Year
• Father (Brad) played college golf at Centenary and mother (Katie) played at Illinois State

Roman Robledo, 21, of Harlingen, Texas
• Born Jan. 16, 1993 in Harlingen, Texas
• No. 43 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
• Competing in his first USGA championship
• Defeated Robby Shelton, No. 2 in the WAGR, in the Round of 32 and Bryson DeChambeau, No. 28 in the WAGR, in the Round of 16
• A rising senior at the University of Houston, he tied for 19th at this year’s NCAAs
• He and teammate James Ross were the first Cougars to finish in top 20 since 2000
• Second-team All-America, All-Central Region and All-American Athletic Conference in 2014
• Class 5A all-state and won four consecutive district titles at Harlingen South High School
• Rene Rangel, his uncle, is a PGA professional at Golfcrest C.C and Houston National G.C. who played in the 1998 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club

Nathan Smith, 36, of Pittsburgh
• Born Aug. 6, 1978
• No. 741 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
• Competing in his 14th U.S. Amateur and has made match play four times
• Reached quarterfinals for the first time by defeating Byron Meth in 21 holes in Round of 16
• Previously reached match play in 2000 (Rd. 16), 2005 (Rd. 32) and 2009 (Rd. 64)
• Four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion (2003, 2009, 2010, 2012)
• Member of three USA Walker Cup Teams (2009, 2011, 2013)
• Member of Pennsylvania’s USGA State Team Championship-winning team in 2009
• In 2007, became first golfer to win the Western Pennsylvania Tournament of Champions, Mid-Amateur and Amateur in the same year
• Works as an investment advisor

Frederick Wedel, 19, of Roseville, Calif.
• Born Aug. 20, 1994 in Anchorage, Alaska
• No. 619 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
• Playing in his second USGA championship and first U.S. Amateur
• A rising junior at Pepperdine University who is a business administration major
• Advanced to 2014 NCAA Regionals in Eugene, Ore., as an individual
• Earned All-West Coast Conference honorable mention recognition as a sophomore
• Tied for 13th at this year’s WCC Championship and was 23rd as a freshman
• Finished in top 10 at six tournaments in his first two seasons at Pepperdine
• Chosen all-state and was a district champion at The Woodlands High School in Texas

Gunn Yang, 20, of San Diego, Calif.
• Born Sept. 30, 1993 in Pyeong Chang, Korea
• No. 776 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
• Competing in his first USGA championship
• A sophomore-to-be at San Diego State University
• Played in just four tournaments and was treated for a herniated disc
• Underwent laser endoscopic spinal surgery following his freshman year
• Medalist at the La Habra Heights, Calif., sectional qualifier with rounds of 69-71
• Fourth at this year’s Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Amateur (6-under 282)
• Fifth at the Los Angeles City Championship and tied for fifth at the San Diego City Championship
• Went to elementary school in Republic of Korea, lived in Australia for five years and attended Torrey Pines (Calif.) High School

Cameron Young, 17, of Scarborough, N.Y.
• Born May 7, 1997 in Orlando, Fla.
• No. 100 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
• Playing in his fifth USGA championship and second U.S. Amateur
• Reached quarterfinals of 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur (lost to Doug Ghim)
• Finished sixth at 2014 PGA Junior and tied for fifth the previous year
• Member of U.S. squad for 2014 Junior Ryder Cup in Perthshire, Scotland
• Three-time Westchester Golf Association Player of the Year
• Son of Sleepy Hollow Country Club (Scarborough, N.Y.) head professional David Young
• Mother, Barbara, is a former golf professional and is his caddie this week
• Rising senior at Fordham Prep, where he plays on the golf and hockey teams

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