Dalke reaches quarterfinals with pair of gritty wins in U.S. Amateur

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Link to Dalke’s post-round interview

University of Oklahoma golfer Brad Dalke advanced to the quarterfinal round of match play in the 116th U.S. Amateur on Thursday. The elite tournament is being played at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

During Thursday morning’s round of 32, Dalke, a rising sophomore, defeated recent Houston graduate Blair Hamilton 2-up to advance to the round of 16. After going back and forth all match, the pair were all square through 16. However, Dalke won the final two holes to take the match and advance.

In the round of 16, Dalke defeated Illinois rising freshman Bryan Baumgarten 1-up in 19 holes. Baumgarten took an early lead with a win on hole No. 2, but Dalke fired back with three wins of his own on the front nine to go to 2-up.

From there, Baumgarten tied the match again with wins on holes No. 13 and 14. Although Dalke took the lead with a win on 17, a bogey on 18 forced a sudden death playoff.
On the 19th hole, Dalke answered Baumgarten’s bogey with a par to claim the match.

“It was another tough day,” Dalke said. “I played better, but I just had two really good opponents I went up against. Thirty-seven holes in one day is always a grind! I’m excited for the opportunity that is ahead of me, though.”

Dalke will face recent Stanford graduate David Boote in the quarterfinal round at 1:15 p.m. CT Tuesday. FS1 will broadcast quarterfinal matches from 2-5 p.m. CT, and more information on the U.S. Amateur can be found on the USGA’s website. 

2016 U.S. Amateur Championship – Meet the Quarterfinalists

David Boote, 22, of Kingswood, Surrey, Wales

Road to the quarterfinals: First round, defeated Gavin Hall, 3 and 2; second round, defeated Ben Schlottman, 3 and 1; third round, defeated Collin Morikawa, 2 and 1
No. 44 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
2016 graduate of Stanford University
Received 2015-16 honorable-mention All-America honors
Tied for third at the 2016 Pac-12 Championship and 2014 NCAA Championship
Finished fourth at the 2016 South American Amateur Championship
Member of the victorious European Teams at the 2016 Arnold Palmer Cup and Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy
Born Sept. 22, 1993, in Kingswood, Surrey, Wales

Nick Carlson, 19, of Hamilton, Mich.

Road to the quarterfinals: First round, defeated Zach Foushee, 2 and 1; second round, defeated Scott Gregory, 19 holes; third round, defeated KK Limbhasut, 19 holes
No. 1,981 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
Sophomore at the University of Michigan
As a freshman, started all 11 tournaments, with a best finish of a tie for third at the 2015 Windon Memorial Classic
Born Sept. 11, 1996, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Brad Dalke, 19, of Norman, Okla.

Road to the quarterfinals: First round, defeated William Zalatoris, 1 up; second round, defeated Blair Hamilton, 2 up; third round, defeated Bryan Baumgarten, 19 holes
No. 265 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
Sophomore at the University of Oklahoma
As a freshman, started all 13 tournaments, with a best finish of second at the 2015 Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational
Won the 2015 Junior PGA Championship
Born Aug. 19, 1997, in Yukon, Okla.

Luis Gagne, 18, of Orlando, Fla.

Road to the quarterfinals: First round, defeated Paul Pastore, 5 and 3; second round, defeated Bryson Nimmer, 3 and 2; third round, defeated Jimmy Stanger, 3 and 1
No. 257 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
Sophomore at Louisiana State University
Received 2015-16 honorable-mention All-America honors with three top-10 and four top-20 finishes in seven spring starts
Fifth at the 2016 Dogwood Invitational
Born Aug. 27, 1997, in San Jose, Costa Rica, and holds dual citizenship

Curtis Luck, 20, of Perth, Australia

Road to the quarterfinals: First round, defeated Andrew Huseman, 4 and 3; second round, defeated Davis Riley, 4 and 2; third round, defeated Cameron Young, 6 and 4
No. 7 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
Semifinalist at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur
Winner of the 2016 WA Open, an Australasian PGA Tour event, and runner-up in 2015
Earned medalist honors at the WA Amateur in 2014 and 2015, and won the event in 2014
Tied for third at the 2015 Sahalee Players Championship
Tied for fifth at the 2016 ISPS Handa Global Cup, a professional Japan Tour event
Born Aug. 9, 1996, in Perth, Australia

Dylan Meyer, 21, of Evansville, Ind.

Road to the quarterfinals: First round, defeated Connor Syme, 2 up; second round, defeated medalist Alex Smalley, 4 and 3; third round, defeated Sam Horsfield, 19 holes
No. 35 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
Junior at the University of Illinois
Received 2015-16 honorable-mention All-America mention and all-Big Ten first-team honors, with five top-10 finishes
Winner of the 2016 Western Amateur
Tied for fourth at the 2016 Sunnehanna Amateur
Born July 10, 1995, in Evansville, Ind.

Jonah Texeira, 20, of Porter Ranch, Calif.

Road to the quarterfinals: First round, defeated Colton Yates, 2 and 1; second round, defeated Dawson Armstrong, 4 and 3; third round, defeated Kyler Dunkle, 6 and 5
No. 223 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
Junior at the University of Southern California
Earned 2015-16 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors
As a freshman, started all 14 tournaments, with a best finish of a tie for second at the 2016 Southwestern Jones Invitational
Born Nov. 1, 1995, in Hayward, Calif.

Sahith Theegala, 18, of Chino Hills, Calif.

Road to the quarterfinals: First round, defeated Justin Suh, 1 up; second round, defeated Sam Burns, 1 up; third round, defeated Joaquin Niemann, 3 and 1
No. 316 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
Sophomore at Pepperdine University
Earned 2015-16 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year honors
His 2015-16 scoring average of 71.06 ranks fourth in Pepperdine single-season history, and is the lowest average by any freshman in school history
Tied for seventh at the 2016 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship
Born Dec. 4, 1997, in Orange, Calif.

 

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