The local guys are still playing at the Western Amateur.
Nick Hardy (Northbrook) and Doug Ghim (Arlington Heights) both won their Sweet Sixteen matches at The Beverly Country Club on Chicago’s South Side Friday morning. They advanced to the afternoon’s quarterfinal round, where they will play for spots in Saturday’s semifinals.
Ghim — a Buffalo Grove High School graduate — needed a birdie on the final hole to beat California’s Matt Hansen.
Playing as the No. 1 seed in match play after earning medalist honors in the stroke-play portion of the event, Ghim pushed Hansen early to go 4 up through 10 holes. Hansen birdied 11 and 14 to cut the deficit in half, then squared the match with a series of pars while Ghim made double bogey on 15 and bogey on 17.
Ghim recovered just in time to make birdie on the par-5 18th and set up a quarterfinal matchup with future Texas teammate Beau Hossler, the No. 9 seed, who beat No. 8 Cheng-Tsung Pan 3 & 2 Friday.
Hardy had an easier time in dispatching Australia’s Geoff Drakeford 6 & 4. Hardy, the No. 12 seed, rolled in a birdie putt on his first hole to go 1 up. Drakeford tied the match after three holes, but Hardy regained the lead with a par on the fourth and went 2 up with a birdie on the par-5 seventh. A Drakeford bogey on eight gave Hardy a 3-up advantage at the turn, and the Illinois-bound golfer ended the match with birdies on Nos. 10, 12 and 14.
Hardy will play Scottie Scheffler Friday afternoon. Playing as the No. 13 seed, Scheffler defeated Taylor Macdonald 3 & 1 Friday morning.
On the other side of the bracket Friday, No. 15 Brian Campbell def. No. 2 Joshua Munn (2 & 1), No. 7 Cory Crawford def. No. 10 Lucas Herbert (1 up), No. 14 Xander Schauffele def. No. 3 Bryson DeChambeau (1 up) and No. 6 Hunter Stewart def. No. 11 Charlie Danielson (2 & 1).