Four players with South Carolina ties were eliminated in the second round of the U.S. Amateur on Thursday at Pinehurst No. 2.
Chapin’s Wesley Bryan, an incoming freshman at South Carolina, was the second seed going into match play but lost 2 and 1 to Morgan Hoffman of Oklahoma State.
Gamecock junior Paul Woodbury lost in 20 holes to Duke’s Jeff Edelman.
Clemson sophomore Jacob Burger lost 5 and 4 to top-ranked amateur Danny Lee, 18, of New Zealand.
Clemson’s other golfer in the second round, Kyle Stanley, lost 1 up to Wichita State’s Connor McHenry.
Lee moved within three wins of supplanting Tiger Woods as the youngest champion in Amateur history. Meanwhile, Derek Fathauer needed extra holes in both of his matches, including 22 to outlast Kevin Tway.
He sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the fourth hole to advance to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.
“(I) just had a pretty good read on it, so I had nothing to lose,” Fathauer said, calling it “a perfect putt.”
Also advancing to the quarterfinals were Drew Kittleson, Hoffman, Adam Mitchell, Charlie Holland, Patrick Reed and Graham Hill.
The semifinals are Saturday, with the winners squaring off in a 36-hole final on Sunday at the par-70 course.
It has been a busy summer for Lee, who today will play his ninth consecutive day of competitive golf.
The medalist and match play winner at the Western Amateur, Lee tied for 20th last weekend in his PGA Tour debut at the Wyndham Championship, then raced across the state to Pinehurst in time to make his third U.S. Amateur appearance.
This one has been his most successful, by far. He did not make it out of stroke play in 2006 and he lost in the first round last year at the Olympic Club in Daly City, Calif.
Next up for Lee: Hoffman, who beat Arkansas senior Andrew Landry 2 and 1. Fathauer, playing in his fourth Amateur, had to beat two Oklahoma State teammates to reach the round of eight. He defeated freshman Peter Uihlein in 20 holes in the morning before working extra to top Tway.