Michigan's Carlson advances to U.S. Amateur semifinals


BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Michigan sophomore Nick Carlson advanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals Friday in an unlikely hometown run at Oakland Hills.

Carlson, from Hamilton, Mich., beat Illinois junior Dylan Meyer of Evansville, Ind., 3 and 1, taking the lead with a birdie chip-in on the par-4 14th that he celebrated with a running, double fist pump.

Wearing a Wolverines outfit, the 19-year-old Carlson won the par-4 15th with a birdie and ended the match with a par victory on the par-3 17th on the Donald Ross-designed South Course that Ben Hogan dubbed ''The Monster'' in his 1951 U.S. Open victory.

Carlson will face 20-year-old Australian Curtis Luck, a 2-up winner over Pepperdine sophomore Sahith Theegala of Chino Hills, Calif.

Carlson is 1,981st in the world amateur ranking. He averaged 73.90 in 11 events for Michigan as a freshman, with his best finish a tie for third in the 2015 Windon Memorial Classic. In the Big Ten Match Play Championships in February, he was 0-2-1.

Boote is 41st in the rankings.

In the other quarterfinals, Oklahoma sophomore Brad Dalke of Norman, Okla., beat former Stanford player David Boote of Wales, 3 and 2, and Southern California junior Jonah Texeira of Porter Ranch, Calif., topped LSU sophomore Luis Gagne of Orlando, Fla., 3 and 2.

Luke is seventh in the rankings, Texeira 223rd and Dalke 265th.