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Hughes Falls In Round Of 16 At U.S. Am
Release: 08/15/2013
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Charlie Hughes

BROOKLINE, Mass. -- UW grad Charlie Hughes won in the round of 32 of match play at the U.S. Amateur Championship Thursday morning before he dropped a close decision during the round of 16 in the afternoon at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Hughes never trailed against Sebastian Cappelen and beat the Arkansas All-American 3 and 2 during the morning session. Hughes birdied his first two holes to go 2 up and was 3 up after four holes. Cappelen could never narrow the margin and Hughes clinched the win on the 15th hole.

Hughes drew Brady Watt, co-medalist during stroke play, in the afternoon and battled the world's No. 9 ranked amateur all the way to the end unitl falling 2 and 1.

Hughes, from Maple Ridge, B.C., drew first blood to take the 1 up advantage after the first hole. But, the Australian tied the match right back up after Hughes bogeyed No. 2 and took the lead on No. 3 -- the first time Hughes trailed in three matches.

Hughes squared the match back up on No. 4 and it remained tied through seven holes before Watt re-gained the lead on No. 8 and bumped it to 2 up on No. 9. He stayed 2 up until Hughes birdied No. 15 to close the gap to one.

Watt closed the mach out on No. 17 after Hughes double bogeyed.

The quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Championship will be played on Friday, followed by the semifinals on Saturday and the finals on Sunday.

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