JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — South Korea's Gunn Yang advanced to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals Thursday, birdieing the final three holes to beat top-ranked Ollie Schniederjans 1 up at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Yang, a San Diego State sophomore making his first appearance in the tournament, was down a hole against Schniederjans, a senior at Georgia Tech, after 15 holes. Yang won the par-16th with a 6-foot putt, took the par-3 17th with another 6-footer and finished off the hometown favorite with a tap-in on the par-5 18th.
"This match was maybe the best match I've ever played so far," Yang said . "I was smiling on the course, because he hit so many good shots also. It was a real interesting match."
Schniederjans, who grew up in the Atlanta suburbs, said he was 5 under for the round, but missed crucial putts down the stretch.
"That was a great match," Schniederjans said. "I'm very disappointed. Only one guy is going to be the winner, 312 qualified and thousands tried. I didn't deserve it because I didn't get it done. I felt like I should have got it done and I didn't."
In the morning, Yang beat England's Paul Howard 4 and 3 in the round of 32. Yang will play Cameron Young of Scarborough, New York, in the quarterfinals. Young beat Kyle Jones of Taylor, Arizona 1 up.
In the other upper-bracket quarterfinal, 36-year-old Pittsburgh financial adviser Nathan Smith will play
Frederick Wedel of The Woodlands, Texas.
Smith, the oldest player to reach match play, beat U.S. Public Links champion Byron Meth of San Diego with a par on the 21st hole. Smith bogeyed the 18th hole.
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