Vegas advances to U.S. Amateur semifinals
SAN FRANCISCO -- Former University of Texas men's golf standout Jhonattan Vegas registered a 3 and 1 victory over Cheng Tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei to advance to the semifinals Friday at the 2007 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship at The Olympic Club.
Vegas (Maturin, Venezuela) never trailed Pan in the quarterfinals and held the lead for all but one hole, when the two were all square after two holes. Vegas regained the lead with a birdie at the par 3, 247-yard third hole and never looked back.
Vegas held a 2-up lead after the fourth and fifth holes before pushing the lead to 3-up at the sixth hole. Pan took the next two holes to draw within 1-up, but Vegas claimed the next two holes to push the lead to 3-up after 10 holes.
Pan claimed the 11th hole, and the pair halved the 12th hole before Vegas captured the 13th hole to once again claim a 3-up lead. Pan took the 14th hole but failed to draw any closer, as the pair halved the next two holes before Vegas finished off the victory by winning the 17th hole.
Vegas, who completed his eligibility at Texas last spring at the NCAA Championships, will meet former SMU standout Colt Knost in Saturday's semifinals beginning at 10:15 a.m. Central. NBC will air tape-delayed coverage on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Central.
Highlights from Vegas' quarterfinal victory over Pan will air on The Golf Channel Friday evening from 7:30 to 9:30, Central.