Florida State’s Wesley Graham ousted stroke-play medalist John-Tyler Griffin of Georgia Tech in the round of 32 and went on to eliminate Canada’s Garrett Rank on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals in the U.S. Amateur Public Links at the Champions Course at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C.
The top four seeds were eliminated across the two rounds.
Graham won the final two holes to pull ahead of Griffin and win 1-up.
Georgia’s Harris English knocked off second-seeded Derek Ernst of UNLV 1-up in the round of 16.
NCAA champion Scott Langley of Illinois was eliminated in 20 holes by Chris Williams, who was the NCAA’s top freshman golfer during the past season for Washington. Williams, who is from Moscow, Idaho, then toppled fourth-seeded Bhavik Patel out of Fresno State 1-up.
Darren Wallace, who completed his college eligibility with Washington this spring, advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating third-seeded Patrick Reed from national champion Augusta State 1-up.
The quarterfinals and semifinals will be held today, leaving two golfers to compete in the 36-hole final Saturday with the winner earning an automatic berth in the 2011 Masters.
• Stroke-play Medalist Rachel Morris (Carlsbad, Calif.) advanced to the championship match of the 109th PNGA Women’s Amateur Championship at Clarkston Golf and Country Club, where she will face 2008 champion Cyna Rodriguez (Manila, Philippines).
Morris escaped a tight morning match with Amelia Hill (St. Simon’s Island, Ga.) to win 1-up, and later defeated Amanda Jacobs (Portland, Ore.) 3 and 2.
Rodriguez beat two of her teammates from the Philippines National Team, sneaking past Lovelynn Guioguio (Manila) 1-up and then easily dispatching Chihiro Ikeda (Calamba) with a 6 and 5 victory.
Today’s 36-hole championship begins at 7:30 a.m.
• In the ninth PNCA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, also being held at Clarkston Golf and Country Club, Anne Carr (Renton, Wash.) will face Santra Turbide (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) in today’s championship match starting at 8:00 a.m.
Carr defeated Karen Pultz (Vancouver, British Columbia) 2-up in her semifinal, and Turbide advanced after defeating two-time Mid-Amateur champion Alison Murdoch (Victoria, British Columbia) 1-up in 19 holes.
The Blue Devils wrapped up the Spokane Senior American Legion title on Wednesday night after splitting a doubleheader with the Bandits (10-9) at AK Jackson.
After losing 14-3 in the first game, the Blue Devils (12-7) responded with a 14-9 victory that clinched a host position in the Aug. 5-9 Northwest Regional Tournament at Gonzaga’s Patterson Baseball Complex.
In addition to the Blue Devils, the state champions from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming will participate in the tournament, with the winner advancing to the Aug. 13-17 American Legion World Series at Avista Stadium.
• The Junior American Legion regular season has ended, sending 12 area teams to the playoffs.
Four loser-out games will be played today at 5:30 p.m. at various sites.
In the National division, host North Central takes on Chewelah, while Shadle Park visits West Kootenay (Trail, British Columbia).
The American division games feature Lewis and Clark visiting Cheney and Ferris hosting Freeman.
After today’s games, the four winning teams will visit one of the tournament’s No. 1 seeds – Asotin County, University, Gonzaga Prep or Mt. Spokane – on Saturday, with quarterfinal pairings to be determined after all the loser-out games are completed.
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