The Western Amateur semi-finals are set after an exciting day at Exmoor CC

The Western Amateur semi-finals are set after an exciting day at Exmoor CC

The semifinals are set at the Western Amateur, which is back at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois, for the first time in a decade.

The stroke-play portion of the 120th Western Time began on Tuesday and lasted through a 36-hole stroke marathon on Thursday, leaving us with 16 players lining up on Friday morning for match play.

The round of 16 upset defending champion Michael Thorbjornsen, who made headlines earlier this summer when he finished fourth at the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship. Vanderbilt’s Cole Sherwood topped Thorbjornsen, 4 and 3, to advance to the quarterfinals.

Sherwood was joined in the fourth by Ironman Ross, Travis Vick, Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, Austin Greaser, Kelly Chinn, William Mouw and Derek Hitchner.

Vick and the Man of Steel had their first match this evening, and the Man of Steel got off to a hot start. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket was 4 up through eight holes and Vick was on the wrong side of the Exmoor tennis court after an errant tee shot at the ninth.

After finding his way back to the fairway and saving par to close his front nine, Vick went on a run that included five birdies in eight holes, eventually climbing out of the hole he found himself in. turning the Man of Steel, hitting 2 and 1. , and on to the semi-finals tomorrow.

​​​​The same side of the bracket found Fernandez de Oliveira facing Sherwood, and Sherwood was unable to maintain the hot streak he showed in his upset of Thorbjornsen. Fernandez de Oliveira took a comfortable lead and came out on top, 3 and 1, over Sherwood.

2022 Western Amateur: The best shots from Rd. of 8

2022 Western Amateur: The best shots from Rd.  of 8

On the other side of the bracket Greaser saw Chinn’s face, and provided a matchup of college teammates, Mouw and Hitchner.

Greaser 1 was up as both players played from the fairway at the 18thth. Greaser, hitting first, played conservatively to the middle of the green. Decided, knowing that he probably needed a birdie to extend the game, he took aim dead at the front pin tucked just above the bunker and pulled off the hard shot, leaving himself within 10 feet of for a birdie.

After Greaser narrowed his birdie attempt to 3 feet, Chinn couldn’t get his stick loose. Greaser cleaned up to par and advanced, 1 up, to the semis.

Mouw and Hitchner, who are classmates at Pepperdine, played a close game from start to finish. Neither player led by more than 1 up through the opening nine, and just when it looked like Mouw might go 2 up at the 10th, Hitchner chipped in for an eagle to get the game back to square one. .

Mouw had a 1-over lead through 15, but he could not hold on as his teammate won two of the last three holes for a 1-over victory and a hot time on Saturday morning.

The semi-finals will feature Vick going head-to-head against Fernandez de Oliveira, and Greaser taking on Hitchner.

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Tomorrow’s semifinal action begins streaming on at 10 a.m. ET.

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