Thursday was a busy day at Gold Mountain Golf Club as both the second and third rounds were played. The quarterfinals and semifinals are set for Saturday with the final match on Saturday.
Kevin Larsen, who trounced co-medalist Justin Metzger 6 & 5 in the second round, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 5 & 4 third-round victory over Derek Fathauer.
Against Fathauer, Larsen won the first three holes and never looked back. In his three matches since the tournament moved to match-play, Larsen has never trailed.
'I'm just keeping it in play,' said Larsen. 'I'm not really hitting it close, I'm just making a lot of pars and putting pretty well so once in a while the putts fall in. I'm not making too many bogeys, which is good out on this course. This is a tough course.'
Larsen will face Matt Savage in the quarterfinals.
Savage needed 20 holes to topple Zack Byrd in round two, then dispatched Derek Berg, 2 & 1 in the third round.
Anthony Kim moved on to the quarterfinals on Thursday thanks to a 5 & 4 drubbing of Brad Marek. Kim will face Matt Harmon in the quarterfinals after Harmon beat Kane Hanson, 3 & 2 on Thursday.
'I'm just getting better day by day,' said Kim. 'I'm learning more and more about the course and where to miss it. I'm trying to stay away from big numbers. I was fortunate enough to make some putts today and made a couple birdies.'
Sihwan Kim handled Kevin Foley, 4 & 3 in the third round to set up a match against Tim Feenstra, who eliminated Brent Paladino, 2-up.
Casey Watabu defeated Joseph Prince, 3 & 2, and will face Daniel Im Friday morning. Im needed one extra hole to knock out Jeff Daniels.
One of the oldest United States Golf Association events, the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship is being held for the 81st time. Some of the past winners who have gone on to have professional careers are: Jodie Mudd, Billy Mayfair, Trevor Immelman, David Berganio, Jr. and 2004 champion Ryan Moore.
Immelman picked up his first PGA Tour win this past weekend at the Western Open, beating Tiger Woods and Mathew Goggin by two shots.