Kent State golf alum Corey Conners advances to semifinals at U.S. Amateur

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Pepperdine junior Frederick Wedel advanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals, beating 36-year-old Pittsburgh financial adviser Nathan Smith 4 and 3 at Atlanta Athletic Club.

The 19-year-old Wedel, from The Woodlands, Texas, took a 4-up lead with consecutive birdie wins on Nos. 12 and 13 and closed out the match with a par halve on the par-3 15th.

Wedel will face South Korea's Gunn Yang in the semifinals. Yang, a sophomore at San Diego State, beat high school senior Cameron Young of Scarborough, New York, 2 up.

In the other semifinal, Canada's Corey Conners will play Denny McCarthy of Rockville, Maryland. Conners beat Zachary Olsen of Cordova, Tennessee, 2 and 1, and McCarthy topped Roman Robledo of Harlingen, Texas, 3 and 2. Conners is coming off his senior season at Kent State, and McCarthy is a senior at Virginia.

U.S. Amateur Results

Friday

At Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course)

Johns Creek, Ga.

Yardage: 7,490; Par: 71

Quarterfinals

Frederick Wedel, The Woodlands, Texas (144), def. Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh (145), 4 and 3.

Gunn Yang, South Korea (141), def. Cameron Young, Scarborough, N.Y. (140), 2 up.

Corey Conners, Canada (142), def. Zachary Olsen, Cordova, Tenn. (141), 2 and 1.

Denny McCarthy, Rockville, Md. (141), def. Roman Robledo, Harlingen, Texas (144), 3 and 2.

LPGA

LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Brittany Lincicome opened a three-stroke lead Friday in the wind-swept LPGA Championship, the tour's fourth major championship of the season.

The long-hitting Lincicome followed her opening 67 with a 68 to reach 9-under at Monroe Golf Club. She won the 2009 Kraft Nabisco for her lone major title and has five LPGA Tour victories.

Lincicome had an eagle and three birdies to go with one bogey for her second solid day. She averaged 277.5 yards off the tee on the two measured holes and needed 26 putts for the second straight day.

Friday

At Monroe Golf Club

Pittsford, N.Y.

Purse: $2.25 million

Yardage: 6,720; Par 72

Second Round

Brittany Lincicome 67-68--135 -9

Inbee Park 72-66--138 -6

Lexi Thompson 66-72--138 -6

Lydia Ko 70-69--139 -5

Jane Park 70-69--139 -5

Meena Lee 66-73--139 -5

Julieta Granada 75-65--140 -4

PGA

WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Heath Slocum and Scott Langley each shot 5-under 65 for the second straight day to share the lead in the Wyndham Championship.

Brian Stuard, Nick Watney, Martin Laird and Andrew Svoboda were a stroke back in the final regular-season event of the season. Watney and Svoboda shot 64, Stuard had a 65 and Laird a 66.

Ryo Ishikawa had the best round of the day -- a 62 that was one stroke off the course record and included six birdies on the back nine.

Since the tournament returned to Sedgefield Country Club in 2008, every two-day leader until now had been at 11-under or better.

Former Kent State All-American Ben Curtis has a two-day score of 5-under after shooting a 68 on Thursday and 67 on Friday. The score was good enough to make the weekend cut.

Friday

At Sedgefield Country Club

Greensboro, N.C.

Purse: $5.3 million

Yardage: 7,127; Par 70

Second Round

Heath Slocum 65-65--130 -10

Scott Langley 65-65--130 -10

Brian Stuard 66-65--131 -9

Nick Watney 67-64--131 -9

Martin Laird 65-66--131 -9

Andrew Svoboda 67-64--131 -9

Bo Van Pelt 67-65--132 -8

D.A. Points 67-65--132 -8

Camilo Villegas 63-69--132 -8

Carl Pettersson 67-65--132 -8

Jhonattan Vegas 67-65--132 -8

William McGirt 64-68--132 -8

Freddie Jacobson 68-64--132 -8

Ryo Ishikawa 70-62--132 -8

Brad Fritsch 69-63--132 -8

Webb Simpson 64-69--133 -7

Brandt Snedeker 68-65--133 -7

Andrew Loupe 65-68--133 -7

Johnson Wagner 66-67--133 -7

Kevin Kisner 69-64--133 -7

Paul Casey 65-69--134 -6

Shawn Stefani 67-67--134 -6

Scott Piercy 70-64--134 -6

Bill Haas 68-66--134 -6

Tim Clark 67-67--134 -6

Brian Davis 69-65--134 -6

Will Wilcox 67-67--134 -6

Steve Marino 66-69--135 -5

Ben Curtis 68-67--135 -5

Justin Bolli 67-68--135 -5

Billy Horschel 70-65--135 -5

Robert Streb 69-66--135 -5

Ricky Barnes 66-69--135 -5

Michael Putnam 68-67--135 -5

Jason Allred 69-66--135 -5

Michael Thompson 70-66--136 -4

Steven Bowditch 66-70--136 -4

Charlie Wi 70-66--136 -4

Francesco Molinari 69-67--136 -4

J.J. Henry 66-70--136 -4

David Toms 67-69--136 -4

Joe Durant 69-67--136 -4

Josh Teater 67-69--136 -4

Robert Garrigus 68-68--136 -4

Brooks Koepka 68-68--136 -4

Andres Romero 70-66--136 -4

Ernie Els 68-69--137 -3

Derek Ernst 68-69--137 -3

Y.E. Yang 69-68--137 -3

Jeff Overton 70-67--137 -3

Doug LaBelle II 72-65--137 -3

Richard Sterne 69-68--137 -3

David Lingmerth 67-70--137 -3

Roberto Castro 71-66--137 -3

Stuart Appleby 68-69--137 -3

Sang-Moon Bae 69-68--137 -3

John Merrick 70-67--137 -3

Kevin Foley 69-68--137 -3

Peter Malnati 70-67--137 -3

Bobby Wyatt 67-70--137 -3

Luke Guthrie 69-69--138 -2

Joe Ogilvie 70-68--138 -2

Tim Herron 70-68--138 -2

John Huh 70-68--138 -2

Retief Goosen 69-69--138 -2

Patrick Reed 71-67--138 -2

Tommy Gainey 66-72--138 -2

Troy Merritt 70-68--138 -2

James Hahn 69-69--138 -2

Brice Garnett 71-67--138 -2

Lee Janzen 70-68--138 -2

Nicholas Thompson 70-68--138 -2

Mark Wilson 71-67--138 -2

Alex Cejka 68-70--138 -2

Justin Hicks 69-69--138 -2

Tyrone Van Aswegen 72-66--138 -2

Wes Roach 70-68--138 -2

Hudson Swafford 71-67--138 -2

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