BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Qualifying medalists Neil Raymond and Brady Watt each won two matches Thursday 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.
On Friday, Raymond will face Canada's Corey Conners, a 5-and-3 winner over Patrick Rodgers of Avon, Ind.
"I don't feel like I'm a medalist. I just feel like I'm another competitor in the guys that are left," Raymond said. "We've all got as much of a chance as anyone else. On the flip side, I feel really good about my game."
He said feeling welcome has had a lot to do with his success in the tournament.
"I feel happy. I feel comfortable," he said. "And to be honest, the way we've been welcomed as foreign golfers is fantastic. The crowd, the spectators, the volunteers, the staff, they've all been really good so far. I can't believe how big a crowd you've got for amateur golf, but it's all been really great to see."
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.