Seminole continues Public Links roll

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Florida State's Wesley Graham ousted stroke-play medalist John-Tyler Griffin of Georgia Tech in the round of 32, then eliminated Canada's Garrett Rank on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals in the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

The top four seeds were eliminated across the two rounds.

Graham won the final two holes to win 1-up.

Georgia's Harris English knocked off second-seeded Derek Ernst of UNLV 1-up in the round of 16.

NCAA champion Scott Langley of Illinois was eliminated in 20 holes by Chris Williams, who was the NCAA's top freshman golfer during the past season for Washington. Williams then toppled fourth-seeded Bhavik Patel out of Fresno State 1-up.

Darren Wallace, who completed his college eligibility with Washington this spring, ousted third-seeded Patrick Reed from Augusta State 1-up.

The quarterfinals and semifinals are today, leaving two golfers to compete in the 36-hole final Saturday.

Son propels DiMarco within one at Reno

RENO, Nev. — If Chris DiMarco keeps playing like this, his 14-year-old son may have landed a permanent job as his caddie.

The former Gator and three-time winner on the PGA Tour hasn't finished in the top 10 since 2008. But he shot 5-under-par 67 with Cristian DiMarco on his bag for the first time at the Reno-Tahoe Open, good enough to be a stroke behind first-round leader Matt Bettencourt.

DiMarco's son helped read the tricky mountain greens and called him off of using his driver when the 2-iron proved to be the perfect choice on the 464-yard, tree-lined No. 8 that drops 138 feet from an elevated tee.

"It's about the coolest thing I've ever done on a golf course having my son there sitting right next to me making birdies and playing well," said DiMarco, 41, who has made 10 of 15 cuts this year but only had one top-25 finish and barely $200,000 in earnings. "He's a 3 or 4 handicap himself, so he can read greens."

Bettencourt, who won the 2008 Nationwide Tour Championship but has no PGA wins, hit his drive 355 yards on the par-5 17th, knocked a 4-iron 260 yards to within 3 feet and made the eagle before bogeying No. 18.

nationwide: Peter Tomasulo shot 10-under-par 62 to build a two-stroke lead over Tommy Gainey after the first round of the inaugural Chiquita Classic in Cincinnati.

Seminole continues Public Links roll 07/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 15, 2010 11:59pm]

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