Justin Thomas Qualifies for U.S. Amateur Semifinals
Aug. 17, 2012
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. - Alabama's Justin Thomas continued his stellar play in the quarterfinals of the United States Amateur Championship Friday morning with a 2-up win over Australia's Oliver Goss at the par-71, 7,409-yard Cherry Hills Country Club.
Thomas, from Goshen, Ky., becomes just the fourth Alabama golfer to advance into the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur. He joins a select group of Alabama greats, including Jerry Pate (1974 winner), Cecil Ingram (1980 semifinalist) and Michael Thompson (2007 finalist).
"t was pretty back and forth," Thomas told USGA.com after the round. "He got up early, and then I won 7, 8 and 9, so that kind of gave me the momentum ... It was a hard match. You're obviously not going to get any easy matches most likely at this point in the U.S. Amateur. It feels great to be moving on, and I'm very, very honored."
Thomas will face Michael Weaver in the semifinals, a junior at California from Fresno, Calif., who dispatched of Ricardo Gouveia of Portugal, 4 and 3 in their quarterfinal match on Friday. Thomas and Weaver will square off in the semifinals on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. (CDT). The match will then be broadcast on NBC from 3-5 p.m. (CDT) Saturday.
Thomas got off to another slow start in his match with Goss on Friday, losing the first hole and finding himself down two after six holes. He responded by winning the seventh and eighth holes to square the match. Thomas then took his first lead of the match by making par on the 491-yard par-4 ninth hole.
Goss won the 10th to even the match for the third time, but Thomas gave himself some cushion with birdies on the 11th and 12th holes to take a 2-up lead. They would halve the next four holes only to see Goss win the 17th with bogey to get within one headed to the final hole. However that would be as close as Goss could get as the Crimson Tide sophomore-to-be made par on the 18th to win the hole and the match, 2 up.
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