Sun Devil Brian Nosler Knocks Off Quinney At U.S. Amateur

Aug. 24, 2001

Defending champion and former Sun Devil Jeff Quinney was defeated at the 101st U.S. Amateur Championship when he lost the last three holes to college teammate Brian Nosler in the quarterfinals Friday.

Immediately after the loss, Quinney announced he'll turn pro. The Eugene, Ore., native will play his first PGA Tour event next week at the Air Canada Championship in Surrey, British Columbia.

Daniel Summerhays, trying to eclipse Tiger Woods as the youngest winner in the tournament's 101-year history, also was beaten at East Lake Golf Club. The 17-year-old Summerhays, of Farmington, Utah, lost 4 and 3 to Robert Hamilton of Carmichael, Calif.

In Saturday's semifinals, Hamilton will meet Manuel Merizalde of Colombia, who cruised to a 6-and-5 triumph over Japan's Taichiro Kiyota.

Nosler, of Lake Oswego, Ore., will play Bubba Dickerson of Hilliard, Fla., in the other semifinal. The University Florida junior was a 1-up winner over Bermuda's Michael Sims.

Quinney, who won a 39-hole final over James Driscoll at Baltusrol last year, took a 2-up lead on Nosler with three holes to play. The two were teammates at Arizona State until Quinney graduated in the spring.

Quinney gave his opponent a glimmer of hope by bogeying No. 16, and Nosler evened the match with a 6-foot birdie putt at the 17th.

Nosler, a senior at Arizona State, knocked his tee shot to the middle of the green on the par-3 final hole. Quinney hit just short of a bunker, chipped about 5 feet past the flag and missed the putt to save par.

Nosler two-putted from 30 feet to win the match 1 up.

Quinney was trying to become the first repeat winner since Woods won three in a row from 1994-96. Harvie Ward Jr. (1955-56) and Jay Sigel (1982-83) are the only other players to defend their titles in the post-World War II era.

Woods was 18 when he won the first of his three titles. Summerhays, a high school senior, won't turn 18 until December.

Merizalde, a senior at Brigham Young, is still in the running to become the first foreign-born champion since Canada's Gary Cowan in 1971.

Atlanta, Ga., -- Results of Friday's quarterfinal round of match play at the U.S. Amateur at the 7,091-yard, par 70 East Lake Golf Club. Times are EDT:

Robert Hamilton, Carmichael, Calif. (141) def. Daniel Summerhays, Farmington, Utah (142), 4 and 3.

Manuel Merizalde, Colombia (142) def. Taichiro Kiyota, Japan (143), 6 and 5.

Brian Nosler, Lake Oswego, Ore. (141) def. Jeff Quinney, Eugene, Ore. (142), 1 up.

Bubba Dickerson, Hillard, Fla. (141) def. Michael Sims, Bermuda (135), 1 up.

Atlanta, Ga., -- Pairings for Saturday's semifinal round of match play at the U.S. Amateur at the 7,091-yard, par 70 East Lake Golf Club. Times are EDT:

9:00 a.m. - Hamilton vs. Merizalde

9:15 a.m. - Nosler vs. Dickerson

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