NORMAN, Okla. University of Oklahoma junior Anthony Kim’s run at the 105th U.S. Amateur Championship came to an end Friday when he was defeated 4-and-2 by Austin Eaton III in Friday’s quarterfinal round at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.
Kim fell behind 2-down after three holes but rallied back to square the match with a birdie at the par-4 fifth hole. Eaton reclaimed the lead on the seventh hole, but Kim once again squared the match with an eagle at the par-4 10th.
Eaton proved to be too much down the stretch, however, winning four of the next six holes to take the match.
Kim’s strong showing at the Amateur capped an impressive summer for the 2005 Big 12 Player of the Year.
Kim earned medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship by winning the stroke-play portion of the tournament, and advanced to the match-play semifinals. He also was a key player in the United States’ Walker Cup victory over Great Britain and Ireland, going 2-1-1 in his matches and scoring 2.5 points towards the team’s 12.5 point total.
The 36-year-old Eaton, the 2004 Mid-Amateur champion, will face Italian Edoardo Molinari in Saturday’s U.S. Amateur semifinals.
In the other semifinals match, Dillon Dougherty will square off against Canadian J.C. Deacon.
NBC’s coverage of the final two rounds will begin with Saturday’s semifinal round airing at 3 p.m. CDT. Sunday’s championship match will air at 3 p.m. Central.
Photo galleries and live scoring of the event are available at www.usamateur.org.