Hovland reaches U.S. Amateur quarterfinals, Overstreet nipped in round of 16

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Photo: Viktor Hovland, Mason Overstreet.

Cole Hammer, of Houston, Texas, the co-medalist and No. 2 seed who is seeking to win his second USGA championship of the year, survived two close matches on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the 118th U.S. Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma State’s Viktor Hovland, with OSU coach Alan Bratton as his caddie,  advanced. Hovland, of Norway, the No. 5 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, is the highest-ranked player remaining, and he moved through with relative ease, earning a 2-and-1 victory over Harrison Ott in the morning and a 7-and-6 victory over fellow countryman Kristoffer Reitan.

Mason Overstreet of Kingfisher and the University of Arkansas won his second-round match over Jackson Van Paris 3 and 2, but was derailed in the round of 16 by Davis Riley of Hattiesburg, Miss., in 21 holes.

Van Paris, who turns 15 next week, is believed to be the youngest player to win a match in the U.S. Amateur since Bob Jones in 1916, a 1-up victory on Wednesday, before losing to Overstreet.

“I played the coolest golf course in the country, played the biggest amateur tournament in the world and got, I guess you’d call this 17th [place], since I didn’t make it to the Round of 16,” said Van Paris, of Pinehurst, N.C., who lives a five-minute drive from the Pinehurst Resort, the host site of next year’s 119th U.S. Amateur Championship.

Six of the eight matches in the Round of 16 went to the 18th hole or beyond, and three of those went to extra holes. Riley, of Hattiesburg, Miss., survived the longest battle, birdieing the 21st hole to eliminate Overstreet.

Alex Fitzpatrick, of England, is attempting to duplicate the feat of older brother Matthew, who captured the 2013 U.S. Amateur with Alex, then 14, as his caddie. Fitzpatrick, now 19, won a pair of extra-hole matches on Thursday, edging Jesus Montenegro, of Argentina, in 20 holes in the morning, then making a birdie on the 19th hole to move past McClure Meissner, of San Antonio, Texas, in the afternoon.

Devon Bling, 18, a rising sophomore at UCLA, defeated 2018 U.S. Open qualifier Shintaro Ban, 2 up, in the morning, then ousted 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Noah Goodwin in 20 holes in the afternoon. Bling is competing in his first U.S. Amateur.

Isaiah Salinda, 21, of South San Francisco, Calif., a rising senior at Stanford University who is competing in his first U.S. Amateur, ousted Trevor Phillips, 4 and 3, in the morning, then edged 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad, 1 up, in the afternoon. Salinda never led until the end against Hagestad, when he birdied No. 18 after Hagestad’s 25-foot birdie try stopped on the edge of the hole.

What’s Next

The quarterfinal round will begin at 2:30 p.m. PDT on Friday, with FS1 TV coverage from 7 to 10 p.m. EDT. The four quarterfinal winners advance to the semifinal round, which will be played on Saturday morning, beginning at 8 a.m. The 36-hole championship match will be played on Sunday, starting at 7:30 a.m.

►All eight quarterfinalists are carrying the banner of an American college: Davis Riley (Alabama), Devon Bling (UCLA), Isaiah Salinda (Stanford), Will Gordon (Vanderbilt), Cole Hammer (Texas, incoming), Alex Fitzpatrick (Wake Forest, incoming), Austin Squires (Cincinnati) and Viktor Hovland (Oklahoma State). Gordon is the oldest at 22 and Devon Bling is the youngest at 18 (almost two months younger than Hammer). The average age is 20.

►Viktor Hovland, of Norway, has defeated two teammates in three matches: fellow Oklahoma State player Hayden Wood in the Round of 64, and former high school teammate Kristoffer Reitan in the Round of 16.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Results from Thursday’s second round of match play at the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship, played at 7,075-yard, par-71 Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Round of 32

(Upper Bracket)

Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss. (144) def. Daniel Hillier, New Zealand (137), 5 and 4

Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher, Okla. (146) def. Jackson Van Paris, Pinehurst, N.C. (146), 3 and 2

Noah Goodwin, Corinth, Texas (141) def. Raul Pereda, Mexico (144), 2 and 1

Devon Bling, Ridgecrest, Calif. (145) def. Shintaro Ban, San Jose, Calif. (141), 2 up

Isaiah Salinda, South San Francisco, Calif. (144) def. Trevor Phillips, Inman, S.C. (146), 5 and 4

Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif. (142) def. Davis Chatfield, Attleboro, Mass. (145), 4 and 3

Will Gordon, Davidson, N.C. (139) def. Zheng Kai Bai, People’s Republic of China (144), 3 and 2

William Mouw, Chino, Calif. (146) def. Trent Phillips, Inman, S.C. (143), 20 holes

(Lower Bracket)

Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas (137) def. Joshua McCarthy, Danville, Calif. (144), 1 up

Zach Murray, Australia (146) def. Clay Feagler, Laguna Niguel, Calif. (146), 3 and 2

Alex Fitzpatrick, England (146) def. Jesus Montenegro, Argentina (144), 20 holes

McClure Meissner, San Antonio, Texas (145) def. John Augenstein, Owensboro, Ky. (142), 2 and 1

Andrew Alligood, St. Johns, Fla. (138) def. Chun An Yu, Chinese Taipei (144), 2 and 1

Austin Squires, Union, Ky. (142) def. Luis Gagne, Costa Rica (146), 19 holes

Viktor Hovland, Norway (144) vs. Harrison Ott, Brookfield, Wis. (146), 2 and 1

Kristoffer Reitan, Norway (143) vs. Bradford Tilley, Easton, Conn. (146), 2 and 1

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Results from Thursday’s third round of match play at the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship, played at 7,075-yard, par-71 Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Round of 16

(Upper Bracket)

Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss. (144) def. Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher, Okla. (146), 21 holes

Devon Bling, Ridgecrest, Calif. (145) def. Noah Goodwin, Corinth, Texas (141), 20 holes

Isaiah Salinda, South San Francisco, Calif. (144) def. Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif. (142), 1 up

Will Gordon, Davidson, N.C. (139) def. William Mouw, Chino, Calif. (146), 2 up

(Lower Bracket)

Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas (137) def. Zach Murray, Australia (146), 2 and 1

Alex Fitzpatrick, England (146) def. McClure Meissner, San Antonio, Texas (145), 19 holes

Austin Squires, Union, Ky. (142) def. Andrew Alligood, St. Johns, Fla. (138), 1 up

Viktor Hovland, Norway (144) def. Kristoffer Reitan, Norway (143), 7 and 6

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Pairings and tee times for Friday’s quarterfinal round of match play at the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship, played at 7,075-yard, par-71 Pebble Beach Golf Links.

All Times PDT

Quarterfinal Round

(Upper Bracket)

2:30 p.m. – Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss. (144) vs. Devon Bling, Ridgecrest, Calif. (145)

2:45 p.m. – Isaiah Salinda, South San Francisco, Calif. (144) vs. Will Gordon, Davidson, N.C. (139)

(Lower Bracket)

3 p.m. – Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas (137) vs. Alex Fitzpatrick, England (146)

3:15 p.m. – Austin Squires, Union, Ky. (142) vs. Viktor Hovland, Norway (144)

*Quarterfinal round winners advance to the semifinal round of match play on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m.

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