Pan, Williams Cruise At U.S. Amateur
Aug. 15, 2012
CHERRY HILLS, Colo. -- Husky All-Americans Cheng-Tsung Pan and Chris Williams beat their opponents on Wednesday in the round of 64 of match play to advance at the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship in Cherry Hills, Colo. Both Husky golfer never trailed in their matches.
Pan, who entered match play as the No. 3 seed after tying for second in stroke play, beat Oakland University freshman Evan Bowser 4 and 3. The match went back-and-forth at the start before Pan eventually got 2 up after six holes. Bowser would never draw closer than two holes and Pan lead by three on three occassions before closing with the 4 hole advantage.
Williams also cruised over his opponent, Peter Williamson, a recent Dartmouth grad, 2012 Southern Amateur Champion and current 7th-ranked amateur in the world. Williams, the current No. 1 ranked amateur, only dropped two holes all day -- both coming when he had a multiple-hole lead.
Williams got up one on No. 2 and extended his lead to two on No. 4, before Williamson gained a hole back on No. 7. Williams made the turn two up and extended his lead to three after winning the 11th. Williamson tried to mount a late comeback and won No. 13, but Williams put the match out of reach with a birdie on No. 15 and won when the golfers halved No. 16.
Pan will play New Mexico sophomore-to-be Gavin Green in the round of 32, while Williams will take on recent East Carolina University grad Adam Stephenson.
Williams is the only player ranked in the top-four of the amateur rankings left in the field of 32. The No. 1 ranked player after this week's action will earn an exemption into both the U.S. Open and Open Championships.