Wedel’s opponent on Saturday
morning will be San Diego State sophomore Gunn Yang, 20, of Korea, who beat high
school senior Cameron Young, of Scarborough, N.Y., 2 up.
Corey Conners, 22, of
Canada, a recent graduate of Kent State University, advanced to the semifinals
for the second consecutive year with a 2-and-1 win over Oklahoma State
sophomore Zachary Olsen and will face University of Virginia All-American Denny
McCarthy, 21, of Rockville, Md., who eliminated University of Houston
All-American Roman Robledo, 3 and 2.
The lanky Wedel, an
all-West Coast Conference choice, won two of the first three holes against Smith
and never trailed. His birdies on the 12th and 13th holes all but sealed the
wanted to shut the door immediately,” said Wedel, who advanced to an NCAA
Regional in 2014. “Fortunately, I stuffed it to about 6 inches on the (13th).
And after that, the match was mine.”
Playing in his 14th U.S.
Amateur, Smith, 36, the four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and three-time USA Walker
Cup Team member, advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time.
“Even though he's a four-time USGA champion, it didn't faze me one
bit,” said Wedel, whose last golf tournament win was his high school district
championship. “I felt like I had an advantage being that it's this deep in the
tournament and I feel like I'm more fresh than he is. Especially since this
course can be long, and I have a big advantage off the tee. So, I just wanted
to make sure I drove it well and put pressure on him early.”
Smith, the final player
to advance to the 64-man match-play field through a playoff on Wednesday
morning, was the oldest remaining player in the field.
look back at it, it was a great week,” Smith said. “I ran into a buzzsaw today.
He did a lot of things that maybe I did in the first couple matches. He scored;
he made the putts and made things happen and hit a lot of big-time shots coming
down the stretch there, getting home in two on 12 and then he stuffed one on
13. So, he's going to be a tough out down the stretch for anybody. But, it was
a great run. It meant a lot to me and I'll remember this week forever.”
The 2014 U.S. Amateur
Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play, followed by six rounds of
match play, with the championship scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on
Sunday, starting at 8:30 a.m. The semifinal round begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Conners never trailed
and broke open a close match by winning the 10th and 11th holes. He closed out
the match with a conceded birdie on the 16th.
Conners, a member of the
Canadian national team along with his caddie, college roommate and teammate
Taylor Pendrith, is the first player to reach the semifinals in back-to-back
years since Patrick Cantlay in 2010 (semifinals) and 2011 (final).
“I guess my
game has been clicking at the right time,” said Conners, who was co-player of
the year in the Mid-American Conference in 2014. “All summer, you have this on
the calendar and you are looking forward to it and trying to get your game in
top shape. It’s the biggest amateur event in the world. Yeah, I just felt great
about my game coming in the last few years.”
earn an exemption into the 2015 U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club.
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Results from Friday’s
quarterfinal round of match play at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship at
7,360-yard, par-71 Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course):
Wedel, The Woodlands, Texas (144) def. Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa. (145), 4
Yang, Republic of Korea (141) def. Cameron Young, Scarborough, N.Y. (140), 2 up
Conners, Canada (142) def. Zachary Olsen, Cordova, Tenn. (141), 2 and 1
McCarthy, Rockville, Md. (141) def. Roman Robledo, Harlingen, Texas (144), 3
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Pairings for Saturday’s
semifinal round of match play at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship at 7,360-yard,
par-71 Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course) (All times EDT):
– Frederick Wedel, The Woodlands, Texas (144) vs. Gunn Yang, Republic of Korea
a.m. – Corey Conners, Canada (142) vs. Denny McCarthy, Rockville, Md. (141)