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Chris Nallen Advances to Quarterfinals at 2004 U.S. Amateur Championship
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/19/2004
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Picks up two victories on the day to move into the final eight

 

TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Former University of Arizona men's golfer Chris Nallen advanced to the quarterfinals of match play at the 2004 United States Amateur Championship with a pair of victories Thursday at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

 

A native of Hackettstown, N.J., Nallen defeated Chad Poling of Delaware, Ohio, 2-up, to advance to the quarterfinals on Friday. Seeded 10th after stroke play, Nallen rallied from 1-down through the first nine holes against the seventh-seeded Poling. Beginning on No. 12, Nallen two pars and two birdies to build a 3-up lead with three holes to play. 

 

Poling won Nos. 16 and 17 with pars to close the gap to 1-down, but Nallen won No. 18 with a par, providing the final 2-up margin.  It is the farthest Nallen has advanced in four career U.S. Amateur appearances.

 

Nallen will meet 18th-seeded Dayton Rose of Midwest City, Okla., in tomorrow’s quarterfinal.  The match is scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. EDT.

 

A strong start was key for Nallen in his morning match, as he used three birdies early in the round en route to the 3 and 2 win over 23rd-seed Anthony Kim of Norman, Okla.  Nallen went birdie, birdie, par, par, birdie on holes two through six to build an early 4-up lead.  The lead grew to 5-up on No. 10 before Nallen clinched the victory with a par on No. 16.

 

The 104th U.S. Amateur continues through Sunday at Winged Foot Golf Club, a par 70, 7,266-yard layout

 

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