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Lingmerth advances at US Amateur

Lingmerth advances at US Amateur

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas senior David Lingmerth moved into the quarterfinals of the 109th U.S. Amateur with a a pair of victories on Thursday including a 2&1 win over Bud Cauley of Jacksonville, Fla., and a 4 & 2 triumph over Cameron Tringale of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Thursday at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

Lingmerth’s first match of the day saw the Razorback control action throughout the 17-hole competition as he went all-square with Cauley only two times and held a lead as large as three. The two players would match each other for most of their session, but steady play by Lingmerth would prevail over the No. 5 seed who was also an All-American.

Thursday afternoon’s match was an even, back-and-forth battle through the first eight holes. Lingmerth won the second hole to lead but the 12 seed won the third hole to square the match.

Tringale snagged the lead on No. 5 and held it for two holes before Lingmerth squared the contest for the seventh and eighth frame.

Lingmerth would go on a hot streak over the next five holes as he hit four birdies and a par to go five up with five to play. He would birdie a 372-yard par 4, a 366-yard par 4, 170-yard par 3 and 535-yard par 5 to take a commanding lead. On the brink of elimination, Lingmerth’s opponent went par, birdie on holes 14 and 15 to cut the lead, but a par for Arkansas’ senior on the 16th secured the victory.

Lingmerth faces the No. 4 Ben Martin of Greenwood, S.C., who defeated No. 13 Nico Geyger (Chile) 2 &1, at 9:45 a.m. Friday.

Lingmerth moved through the stroke play qualifier shooting a 145 placing 28th after the cut.

He opened match play with a 3 & 2 win over Scott Strohmeyer of Auburn, Ala., in the first round on Wednesday before moving into Thursday’s matches.

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