Brad Dalke of Norman birdied holes 11, 12 and 13 to take a 3 up lead and held off Sandy Scott of Scotland 2 and 1 in the Round of 64 of the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. He then knocked off Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., 3 and 2 in the Round of 32 to move into the final 16.
Dalke will play either Steven Fisk or Karl Vilips in the afternoon round. Complete results and live scoring are here.
Julien Sale of France, No. 270 in the WAGR, rallied from 2 down with two holes to play, forcing extra holes with a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 18. He then eliminated Austin Eckroat of Edmond and Oklahoma State in 19 holes when Eckroat, who is No. 24 in the WAGR, missed a short par putt to extend the match. Eckroat had also missed a short par putt on the par-3 17th that could have closed out the match.
Austin Squires, 22, of Union, Ky., who was the last man to make the match-play field in a 27-for-3 playoff on Wednesday morning, eliminated medalist and No. 1 seed Brandon Wu, 22, of Scarsdale, N.Y., on Wednesday evening, 2 up.
“Man, it was stressful,” said Squires, a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati who is playing in his third U.S. Amateur. “I was one putt away from not even being in match play this morning, and then I got through and had to start all over again against Brandon Wu.”
Squires, who is No. 146 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), parred the fourth playoff hole on Pinehurst No. 4 to earn the third spot among 27 players who completed 36 holes at 5-over-par 145. About two hours later, he squared off against Wu, the medalist at 3-under 137 and the No. 11 player in the WAGR.
No. 2 seed Ricky Castillo, 18, of Yorba Linda, Calif., rolled to a 5-and-3 win over Chad Sewell, of Conroe, Texas. Castillo, who was a stroke-play co-medalist last month in the U.S. Junior Amateur at Inverness, won six out of seven holes on the back nine and closed out Sewell with a birdie on the 193-yard, par-3 15th hole.
Twin brothers Parker and Pierceson Coody, 19, of Plano, Texas, qualified with the same 3-over-par score of 143, then posted convincing victories on Wednesday. No. 28 seed Parker ousted Noah Norton, of Chino, Calif., 7 and 6, while No. 30 seed Pierceson posted a 6-and-5 win over Sahith Theegala, of Chino Hills, Calif. The brothers, who are the grandsons of 1971 Masters champion Charles Coody, are sophomores at the University of Texas, where they helped the Longhorns to an NCAA team runner-up finish.
Julien Sale of France, No. 270 in the WAGR, rallied from 2 down with two holes to play, forcing extra holes with a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 18. He then eliminated Austin Eckroat in 19 holes when Eckroat, a junior at Oklahoma State who is No. 24 in the WAGR, missed a short par putt to extend the match.
No. 52 seed Maxwell Moldovan, of Uniontown, Ohio, ousted Stewart Hagestad, of Newport Beach, Calif., who is No. 7 in the WAGR, 3 and 2. Moldovan, 17, a two-time Ohio high school champion, took the lead with a birdie on the third hole and was never tied.
Shiryu (Leo) Oyo, of Japan, rallied from 3 down through 12 holes, winning five consecutive holes over Puwit Anupansuebsai of Thailand for a 2-and-1 victory.