Lee, 18, who made the cut at last weeks PGA TOUR Wyndham Championship nearby in Greensboro, N.C., was the equivalent of six under par for 13 holes in ousting Clemson sophomore Jacob Burger, 5 and 4, in the days morning matches.
I am really confident and played very aggressively today, Lee said. Everything is working for me right now.
Meanwhile, highly decorated amateur and recent Louisville graduate Derek Fathauer, 22, eliminated a pair of players with well-known fathers in Oklahoma States Kevin Tway, 19, and 18-year-old Peter Uihlein of Bradenton, Fla. Tways father, 1986 PGA champion Bob Tway, caddied for his son and skipped this weeks PGA TOUR playoff event at The Barclays, while Uihlein is the son of Titleist executive Wally Uihlein.
Fathauer played 42 holes to win his pair of matches. He outlasted Tway in 22 holes in the afternoon, and came from behind to beat Uihlein in 20 holes in the morning.
These matches have kept getting tougher, but I guess thats how it goes here, Fathauer said. Im happy with where Im at and want to keep winning, but I dont have any expectations, I just go out and play. Ill get some good rest and be ready to go tomorrow.
Second-ranked Rickie Fowler beat Jake Koppenberg Thursday morning, 6 and 5, but was eliminated in the round of 16 in the afternoon by Georgia senior Adam Mitchell, 4 and 3.
Other players advancing to the quarterfinals include: