U.S. AMATEUR
Meet the U.S. Amateur Quarterfinalists August 20, 2015 | Olympia Fields, Ill. By USGA

Derek Bard, 20, of New Hartford, N.Y.

  • Born June 14, 1995, in Charlottesville, Va.
  • No. 51 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Defeated Hunter Stewart, a 2015 United States Walker Cup Team member, in Round of 16
  • Playing in his second U.S. Amateur; advanced to Round of 32 last year
  • Reached Round of 32 in both the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Junior Amateurs
  • Five top-10 finishes as a sophomore at the University of Virginia in 2014-15
  • Won 2015 Sunnehanna Amateur by one stroke with a 72-hole score of 12-under 268
  • Finished first at both 2013 New York State Federation Championship and 2012 New York State Public High School Championship
  • His brother, Alec, played in the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

Sean Crocker, 18, of Westlake Village, Calif.

  • Born Aug. 31, 1996, in Zimbabwe
  • No. 64 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Defeated 2015 British Amateur champion Romain Langasque and Alabama first-team All-America Robby Shelton en route to the quarterfinals in his first U.S. Amateur
  • Competed in two U.S. Junior Amateurs, reaching Round of 32 in 2013 and quarterfinals in 2014
  • Earned third-team All-America recognition as a freshman at USC in 2014-15
  • Chosen Pacific 12 Conference Freshman of the Year and was first-team all-conference
  • Helped the Trojans advance to the NCAA match-play final against LSU
  • Attended boarding school in Zimbabwe before he moved to the United States at age 6
  • His father, Gary, was a professional cricket player on the international level

Bryson DeChambeau, 21, of Clovis, Calif.

  • Born Sept. 16, 1993, in Clovis, Calif.
  • No. 7 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Defeated Maverick McNealy, No. 2 in the WAGR, in Round of 16
  • Playing in his 10th USGA championship and was a 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links quarterfinalist
  • Advanced to match play in all five U.S. Amateurs played, but has reached quarterfinals for first time
  • 2015 NCAA Division I individual champion and a first-team All-American as member of Southern Methodist University (SMU) team
  • Qualified for this year’s U.S. Open and reached Round of 16 at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
  • Helped USA to victory at the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship in Japan
  • Wears a Ben Hogan-style cap while playing golf
  • Chosen to the 2015 United States Walker Cup Team

Paul Dunne, 22, of Republic of Ireland

  • Born Nov. 26, 1992, in Republic of Ireland
  • No. 33 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Competing in his first U.S. Amateur after receiving a special exemption from qualifying
  • Defeated No. 2 seed David Oraee, 3 and 2, in the Round of 16
  • Shared the 54-hole lead in the 2015 Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, and finished in a tie for 30th
  • Shot a third-round 66 to become the first amateur since Bob Jones in 1927 to share the lead heading to the final round
  • Fifth in the 2015 NCAA Division I Championship as a member of the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) team
  • Earned All-America and All-Conference USA recognition for the second consecutive year
  • Irish Boys champion in 2008 and 2009 and Irish Youths champion in 2010

Austin James, 19, of Canada

  • Born Oct. 9, 1995, in Ontario, Canada
  • No. 718 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Competing in his first USGA championship
  • Defeated No. 3 seed Jake Knapp, 2014 U.S. Amateur semifinalist Denny McCarthy and 15-year-old Noah Goodwin en route to the quarterfinals
  • Rising junior at Charleston Southern University, where he was a member of 2015 Big South Conference championship squad
  • Placed 46th at NCAA Lubbock Regional; the Buccaneers were 13th as a team
  • 2014 Canadian Junior champion, carding a 64, his lowest competitive round, during the tournament
  • His sister, Augusta, won the Symetra Tour’s Patty Berg Memorial in her fourth start on tour last April and played as a collegian at North Carolina State

Kenta Konishi, 21, of Japan

  • Born May 21, 1994, in Tokyo, Japan
  • No. 632 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Playing in his first USGA championship
  • Defeated 2015 U.S. Open qualifier Cole Hammer, current Illinois golfer Thomas Detry in 19 holes and Kyle Mueller, who upended the No. 1 seed in first round, on his way to the quarterfinals
  • Won 2010 Junior Open, conducted by The R&A, held at Lundin Golf Club, in Fife, Scotland, with a 54-hole score of 2-under 211 (71-68-72)
  • Tied for 31st in Japan Tour’s Top Cup Tokai Classic in 2014
  • Started playing golf at age 3
  • Shot a 63, his lowest competitive round, in 2012

Matthew Perrine, 19, of Austin, Texas

  • Born Sept. 1, 1999, in Austin, Texas
  • No. 333 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Competing in his second USGA championship and first U.S. Amateur
  • Defeated 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up Brad Nurski and 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up Todd Mitchell on his way to the quarterfinals
  • Advanced to match play in the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship
  • Played at Auburn University as a freshman but transferred to Baylor University for 2015-16
  • Recorded three top-25 finishes and had a 73.30 scoring average at Auburn in 2014-15
  • Won 2014 Texas Class 5A UIL state championship and won 2014 Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Award
  • Named to USA Today All-USA High School second team and was a 2013 Rolex Junior All-American

Jon Rahm, 20, of Spain

  • Born Oct. 11, 1994, in Barrika, Spain
  • No. 1 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Playing in his second U.S. Amateur; advanced to Round of 16 last year
  • Survived an 18-for-10 playoff to reach match play and defeated first-round opponent George Cunningham in 21 holes
  • Medalist in the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship, breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record with a 72-hole score of 23-under 263
  • Won the 2015 Ben Hogan Award as the top collegiate player as a junior on the Arizona State University team
  • Earned first-team All-America and first-team Pacific 12 Conference recognition
  • Tied for fifth at Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, the first amateur to record a top-five PGA Tour finish since 2008
  • Captured consecutive Spanish Amateur titles in 2014 and 2015
  • Spanish Under-16 champion in 2009 and Spanish Under-21 champion in 2010