It’s on to the home stretch for the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
The field was narrowed Thursday to eight players who advanced to the quarterfinal round of match play. While no local talent remains in the race, nearly twenty Georgians qualified for the opening rounds of stroke play which began Monday.
Zach Healy, Austin Vick and Jimmy Beck were a few that caught our attention as we watched the action take off at the beginning of the week.
Beck, representing Kennesaw State University as a senior, was accompanied by another KSU owl in teammate Austin Vick. Beck kicked off Day 1 with an incredible start, finishing tied for the lead. An easygoing, optimistic outlook paved the way for a successful two days on the course. But match play on Wednesday got the best of him as he fell to Canadian opponent Garrett Rank after missing a birdie putt on the 18th green. Vick found himself in a 25-way tie for 95th place Tuesday afternoon and was cut from the field two shots shy of qualifying for match play.
As for Healy, he was defeated by Cheng-Tsung Pan, the highest-seeded golfer to advance into the round of 3. But Healy's career, in a sense, is just now taking off. The Norcross grad begins classes this week at the University of Georgia, where he'll be a welcome addition to the golf team under coach Chris Haack.
The last Georgia native left standing in the U.S. Amateur, Yellow Jacket Ollie Schniederjans, was defeated Thursday in a showdown against Gunn Yang.
In case you missed it, take a look at our preview of Beck, Vick and Healy from earlier this week.