Blair loses lead; knocked out of U.S. Amateur

Aug 16 2013 - 12:43am

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Zac Blair
Zac Blair

BROOKLINE, Mass.-- 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.

Ogden's Zac Blair wasn't quire so fortunate.

Blair, the former Fremont High and BYU standout, lost his Thursday match, leading until late then falling 2 and 1 to Matthias Schwab of Austria in an up-and-down battle.

On Friday, 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 Schwab 1 up.

Also, Goss topped Xan

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