MIDWAY -- After 85 holes of golf this week, Nick Despain can't remember too many bad shots.
But when it comes to match play, it's all about the pressure you put on your opponent. And Saturday morning, in the Utah State Amateur quarterfinals, Despain was unable to put the pressure on opponent Greg Wojtkun and fell 3 and 2 at Soldier Hollow Golf Course.
"I never like losing; I'm sad about that. But I got outplayed today," Despain said. "I had three quick swings and couldn't put the pressure on him when I needed to."
Wojtkun didn't have much left after his match with Despain, and lost 6 and 5 to Utah Valley University golfer Stratton Schulz in the semifinals.
Schulz and Southern Utah University standout Jeff Evans will do battle in a 36-hole match play final beginning at 7:30 a.m. today on Soldier Hollow's Gold Course.
Evans topped John Busby in 21 holes in his quarterfinal match, then took another 21 holes to scramble past Conner Jones in the afternoon semifinals.
"I made several putts today that put pressure on Greg early, but on the par 5s I wasn't in position to go for the green," Despain said. "That's what match play is all about. Yesterday I put pressure on my opponents all day. Today I let him get comfortable."
With the match all square through eight holes, Wojtkun -- a Massachusetts native currently living in Utah -- birdied No. 9 and 12 to get an edge. Despain parred the final 11 holes he played but never could cut the edge. Wojtkun closed out the match with a birdie at the par-3 No. 16.
"My dad (veteran amateur golfer Rob Despain, who caddied for Nick this week) asked me what my 'take-home' from the tournament was. I think I did a good job of staying in the moment, from qualifying on through to the match play," he said. "This week was a good experince."
Despain, a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual, will now gear up for U.S. Amateur qualifying and the El Monte four-ball tournament with his father.
Nick and wife Tara are expecting a baby girl, due on Aug. 12.
Schulz, who hasn't seen the last two holes of the Soldier Hollow Gold Course since match play began, and Evans, who took 21 holes to win both his matches, will meet in the championship match.
Schulz, the 31st seed by virtue of making a birdie in the 16-man playoff for the final match play spots, defeated BYU's Cameron Edens 3 and 2 in the quarterfinals.
There will be a brief intermission after the morning round, and the afternoon round is expected to begin at 11:30 a.m. Whether Evans, the Cedar native, can push Schulz, a Vernal 19-year-old, to 36 holes is a big question. Evans played 13 more holes than Schulz on Saturday.
Last year's champion, Joe Parkinson, is on an LDS Church mission.