“Chris played well,” Rusk said. “I didn't feel I hit it good in the first match but really got it going in my afternoon match. I chipped in on the first hole and was 5-under (in 12 holes). Hopefully I can build on that in the semifinals.”
In other quarterfinal matches, Gooch won 3 and 2 against former OU golfer/assistant coach Phillip Bryan, who now sells commercial insurance. Moore defeated Jeffrey Topp, 2 up. Hughes notched a 2-and-1 win over Sam Lee, a senior walk-on at OSU.
“Their side of the bracket was a little tougher than ours. That turned out good for us,” Hughes said. “It's come down to four people playing some of their best golf. It should be a lot of fun.”
In the other semifinal, Gooch will be one of the top players on an OSU team that might be ranked top five in preseason next spring. Moore is off to a solid start with the Razorbacks.
Gooch is two years older, but he and Moore played a handful of rounds together years ago.
“I feel pretty good right now,” Moore said. “I've won four matches in a row. I hopefully have two more to go, but Talor is a really good player. When I went through the recruiting process is when I really got to know him. I'm looking forward to it.”
The Gooch-Moore winner will be the favorite to win the title, but Rusk and Hughes have played well.
“I'm glad I'm not playing either (Gooch or Moore) unless I make it to the finals,” Rusk said, smiling. “Talor Gooch is a phenomenal player and Taylor Moore as well. No matter how it turns out it should be a fun day.”
2013 OGA state amateur
(Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club)
Round of 16
Chandler Rusk, Edmond, def. Chris Muriana, Stillwater, 23 holes
Tyler Hargus, Shawnee, def. Ben Blundell, OKC, 5 & 4
Sam Lee, Stillwater, def. Trent Mewbourn, OKC, 4 & 2
Nathan Hughes, Bartlesville, def. Jeff Coffman, OKC, 2 & 1
Talor Gooch, Midwest City, def. Cullen Stahl, Lawton, 4 & 3
Phillip Bryan, Mustang, def. Mason Overstreet, Laverne, 5 & 4
Jeffrey Topp, Midwest City, def. Zach Tucker, OKC, 3 & 1
Taylor Moore, Edmond, def. Kacey Threet, Grove, 2 up
Rusk def. Hargus, 7 & 6
Hughes def. Lee, 2 & 1
Gooch def. Bryan, 3 & 2
Moore def. Topp, 2 up
Chandler Rusk, Edmond, vs. Nathan Hughes, Bartlesville, 8 a.m.
Talor Gooch, Midwest City, vs. Taylor Moore, Edmond, 8:07 a.m.
Morning match winners, 12:30 p.m.