Brookline, MA (Sports Network) - Stroke-play medallists Brady Watt and Neil
Raymond both won a pair of matches on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals
of the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Watt downed Seth Reeves, 3 & 2, in his first match of the day before capturing
a 2 & 1 decision over Charlie Hughes in the afternoon session, while Raymond
earned a 2 & 1 victory over Zachary Olsen in the morning and edged Nathan
Holman with a 1-up win during his second match.
Watt's opponent in the quarters will be Scottie Scheffler, who needed 20 holes
to defeat Brandon Hagy in the morning before winning the final three holes
against Matthias Schwab in the afternoon to advance by a 1-up margin.
Raymond, meanwhile, will face off against Corey Conners on Friday. Conners
earned victories over Bryson Dechambeau and Patrick Rodgers by marks of 2 & 1
and 5 & 3, respectively.
The other quarterfinal matches will see Adam Ball against Matthew Fitzpatrick,
who was the low amateur at the 2013 British Open, and Oliver Goss versus
Ball captured his first match by a 2 & 1 edge over Max Orrin before cruising
to a 6 & 5 win over Chelso Barrett. Fitzpatrick won a couple of 4 & 3 matches
over Blake Morris and Gavin Hall.
Goss defeated Carr Vernon, 2-up, in his first tilt and then topped Xander
Schauffele, 3 & 1, in his second, while Matthews won a 4 & 3 decision over
Gavin Green and then earned a 3 & 2 win over Charlie Danielson.
The quarterfinals will be contested on Friday, with the semifinals to follow
on Saturday. The championship will be completed with Sunday's 36-hole final.
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