Wedel Wins in Quarterfinals of U.S. Amateur
Frederick Wedel is one of four golfers left standing at the biggest amateur event of the year.
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine junior Frederick Wedel is in the midst of the best week of golf of his life, as he has reached the semifinal round of the U.S. Amateur Championship, being held at the Atlanta (Ga.) Athletic Club.
Wedel (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) will square off against San Diego State's Gunn Yang in the semifinals on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. ET.
So far in the competition, Wedel survived two rounds of stroke play (he shot a 1-over 144 to tie for 43rd place), then defeated four straight competitors in match play. Over the previous two days, he beat ninth-seeded Carson Jacobs (5&4) in the Round of 64, Derek Bard (2&1) in the Round of 32 and eighth-seeded Jimmy Mullen (2&1) in the Round of 16. In today's quarterfinals, he bested four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith by the score of 4&3.
Wedel never trailed during his quarterfinal match after winning two of the first three holes. He led 2 up after 11 holes, then birdied both the 12th and the 13th to go up 4 up with five to play. He had zero bogeys on the day.
After Friday's quarterfinal victory, Wedel told the media: "Everything's coming together at the right time. This week has definitely been big for me, especially playing on a national stage. I've done a lot of good things. I've hit a lot of quality shots, a lot of quality putts, and under pressure, when it needs to be done. This is definitely huge for me and it's definitely making me a better player. I know deep down that I'm going to be a much better player coming out of this tournament."
Wedel earned All-West Coast Conference honorable mention honors as a 2013-14 sophomore. He received an invitation to compete in NCAA Regional play as an individual. He wound up second on the team with a 73.42 scoring average, and had team bests of four top-10 results, six top-20 finishes and 11 below-par rounds.
Saturday's other semifinal pits Kent State's Corey Connors against Virginia's Denny McCarthy. The two semifinal winners will play 36 holes for the championship on Sunday.
Pepperdine has an outstanding showing at the USGA's two biggest amateur events of the year. At last week's U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, the Waves' Grace Na made the quarterfinals and Liv Cheng reached the Round of 16.