GREENSBORO, N.C. – It took the full golf course and then some Friday morning to determine the four players who would advance to the afternoon’s semifinal matches in the 85th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Bryan Park’s Champions course.
Three of the four quarterfinal encounters extended to extra holes while the other went the full 18.
When all was said and done, Kevin Phelan, Lion Kim, David McDaniel and Josh Anderson reached the final four of this championship for public-course players.
In the longest match so far this week, Phelan, a sophomore at North Florida, edged Wesley Graham, a junior at Florida State, in 21 holes. Kim, a senior at Michigan, slipped past Chris Williams, a sophomore at Washington, 1 up. This set up a Phelan vs. Kim semifinal match.
McDaniel, a 25-year-old from Tucson, Ariz., was the “old” guy of the quarterfinals, but downed Harris English, a senior at Georgia, in 19 holes. He now will face Anderson, a junior at Pepperdine who went 19 holes in defeating Darren Wallace, a senior at Washington.
Graham won the 17th hole to go 1 up, but his tee shot on 18 found the rough and resulted in a bogey, making Phelan’s par a winner. The two then birdied the 19th hole (No. 1) and made par at the 20th. Phelan closed it out with a par on the next hole, marking the only time in the match he was on top.
Kim jumped out to a quick 3-up lead after four holes and, after giving a few back, built it again to 3 up after 12. Williams won 13 with a par, 15 with birdie and 16 with par to square the match.
Kim then won 17 with a par after Williams three-putted from 30 feet, his 2 1/2-foot par putt hitting the hole and spinning out. Both made par at 18.
Twice McDaniel battled back from two-hole deficits. English was 2 up after eight, but McDaniel won Nos. 9 and 10 with birdies. English went back to 2 up with an eagle at the par-5 11th, and a bogey at the 14th.
McDaniel again came back and squared things with birdies at the 15th and 17th, English had a chance to win it at the 18th, but his 8-foot birdie putt slid just left of the cup. McDaniel then closed it out with a par at the 19th.
Wallace was 2 up after six holes, but Anderson got it back to all square with his birdies at Nos. 7 and 8. A par at the 14th gave Anderson his first lead of the match.
Wallace made a charge and won 16 and 17 with pars to go 1 up, but Anderson sent things into overtime when he sank a 6-foot birdie putt at the 18th. He then advanced to the semifinals with a par at the 19th.
Results from the quarterfinals at the U.S. Amateur Public Links, played July 16 at Bryan Park’s Champions Course in Greensboro, N.C.:
Kevin Phelan def. Wesley Graham, 21 holes
Lion Kim def. Chris Williams, 1 up
David McDaniel def. Harris English, 19 holes
Josh Anderson def. Darren Wallace, 19 holes
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ROUND OF 16
Garrett Rank def. Wesley Graham, 2 up
Kevin Phelan def. Kyle Souza, 2 and 1
Chris Williams def. Bhavik Patel, 1 up
Lion Kim def. Chase Wright, 2 and 1
Harris English def. Derek Ernst, 1 up
David McDaniel def. Robert Butler, 19 holes
Darren Wallace def. Patrick Reed, 1 up
Josh Anderson def. Chris Igawa, 3 and 2
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ROUND OF 32
Wesley Graham def. John-Tyler Griffin, 1 up
Garrett Rank def. Brent Martin, 2 and 1
Kevin Phelan def. Griffin Wood, 19 holes
Kyle Souza def. Tim Sheppard, 4 and 3
Bhavik Patel def. Sang Yi, 1 up
Chris Williams def. Scott Langley, 20 holes
Chase Wright def. Andrew Yun, 3 and 2
Lion Kim def. Joon Heui Lee, 1 up
Derek Ernst def. Anton Arboleda, 2 and 1
Harris English def. Jonathan McCurry, 7 and 5
David McDaniel def. Mario Clemens, 2 and 1
Robert Butler def. Wesley Bryan, 1 up
Patrick Reed def. Alex Edfort, 3 and 2
Darren Wallace def. Jim Liu, 20 holes
Chris Igawa def. Chase Wilson, 4 and 3
Josh Anderson def. Josh Brock, 3 and 2
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ROUND OF 64
John-Tyler Griffin def. Andrew Perez, 1 up
Wesley Graham def. Andrew Lawson, 4 and 3
Garrett Rank def. Cody Paladino, 5 and 4
Brent Martin def. Thomas Welk, 3 and 2
Griffin Wood def. Riley Arp, 2 and 1
Kevin Phelan def. Jay Hwang, 4 and 3
Kyle Souza def. Justin Lower, 5 and 3
Tim Sheppard def. Mark Knecht, 4 and 3
Bhavik Patel def. Eric Hsu, 3 and 2
Sang Yi def. Andrew Bryant, 4 an d3
Scott Langley def. Greg Condon, 2 and 1
Andrew Yun def. Ricky Jones, 6 and 5
Chase Wright def. Sean Knapp, 1 up
Joon Heui Lee def. Jon Veneziano, 2 and 1
Lion Kim def. Ross Canavan, 6 and 5
Derek Ernst def. Clayton Rotz, 2 and 1
Anton Arboleda def. Taylor Travis, 1 up
Harris English def. Rob Simmons, 6 and 4
Jonathan McCurry def. Nick Taylor, 4 and 2
Mario Clemens def. Zachary Blair, 4 and 3
David McDaniel def. Carlos Ortiz, 1 up
Robert Butler def. David Watkins, 4 and 2
Wesley Bryan def. Cameron Peck, 1 up
Patrick Reed def. Travis Graham, 7 and 6
Alex Edfort def. Garren Poirier, 20 holes
Darren Wallace def. Tevis Upton, 2 and 1
Jim Liu def. Colby Shrum, 3 and 2
Chris Igawa def. George Bryan, 2 and 1
Chase Wilson def. Andrew Vijarro, 3 and 2
Josh Brock def. Tim Fisher, DQ
Josh Anderson def. John Hahn, 2 and 1