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August 16, 2013

Medalists advance to US Amateur quarterfinals

BROOKLINE (AP) — Qualifying medalists Neil Raymond and Brady Watt each won two matches yesterday to advance to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals at The Country Club.

Raymond, trying to become the first English winner since 1911, beat Zachary Olsen of Cordova, Tenn., 2 and 1 in the morning and edged Australia’s Nathan Holman 1 up in the afternoon.

Watt, from Australia, topped Seth Reeves of Duluth, Ga., 3 and 2 in the morning and beat Canada’s Charlie Hughes 2 and 1 in the afternoon.

Today, Raymond will face Canada’s Corey Conners, a 5-and-3 winner over Patrick Rodgers of Avon, Ind.

In the other upper-bracket quarterfinal, Adam Ball of Richmond, Va., will meet England’s Matt Fitzpatrick. Ball routed Chelso Barrett of Surry, N.H., 6 and 5, and Fitzpatrick beat Gavin Hall, Pittsford, N.Y., 4 and 3.

In the lower-bracket quarterfinals, Watt will face Scottie Scheffler of Dallas; and Australia’s Oliver Goss will meet Brandon Matthews of Dupont, Pa. Scheffler, the U.S. Junior Amateur winner last month, beat Austria’s Matthias Schwab 1 up, Goss topped Xander Schauffele of San Diego 3 and 1, and Matthews edged Charlie Danielson of Osceola, Wis., 3 and 2.

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