Texeira Advances To U.S. Amateur Semifinal|
Aug. 19, 2016
USC junior golfer Jonah Texeira continued his strong play this week at the 2016 U.S. Amateur, defeating LSU’s Luis Gagne, 3&2, Friday (Aug. 19) at the Oakland Hills C.C. in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., to advance to the semifinals.
Texeira, part of Trojan teams that for the past two years have reached the NCAA finals (2015) and semifinals (2016), is the second Trojan in a row to reach the U.S. Amateur semis after junior teammate Sean Crocker did it last year (where he ultimately fell to eventual winner Bryson DeChambeau).
Texeira, one of seven Trojans in the 312-strong field this week and one of five on this year’s team, will take on Oklahoma’s Brad Dalke in the second semifinal match Saturday morning, starting at 5:20 a.m. PT. Should he win, he would face the winner of the Nick Carlson-Curtis Luck contest on Sunday in a 36-hole match play event. The winner of the U.S. Amateur earns exemptions into The Master’s and The U.S. Open.
Texeira, as has been the case throughout the match-play bracket this week, got off to a quick start on Gagne, taking a 5up lead through seven holes. Gagne won 9 as well as 11 and 12 to close the gap to two holes, but Texeira halved 13 and 14 before taking 15 for a three-hole lead. His 130-yard approach shot on 16 landed within five feet of the pin, essentially clinching the match.
His win Friday followed big wins in the round of 16 (a 6&5 victory over Kyler Dunkle) and in the round of 32 (a 4&3 win over Dawson Armstrong). Texeira’s run began with a 2&1 win over Colton Yates in the round of 64.
This after Texeira got into the field after winning a playoff to be first alternate.