(AP) Qualifying medalists Neil Raymond and Brady Watt advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur Championship at The Country Club.
The pair tied for the lead in stroke play and moved on to play the next round Thursday afternoon. The semifinals are Saturday and 36-hole championship Sunday.
Raymond is bidding to become the first Englishman to win the Amateur since 1911. He beat Jason Anthony of Fairfeld, Calif., 2 and 1 in the first match of the day. Watt, trying to become the second Australian winner, beat Seth Reeves of Duluth, Ga., 3 and 2.
Raymond moves on to face Australian Nathan Holman. Watt faces Canadian Charlie Hughes.
Also advancing was Stanford's Patrick Rodgers of Avon, Ind. He recently was selected to the U.S. Walker Cup team.