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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