OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – Canada’s Austin James came up just short on Friday in his bid to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Amateur at the Olympia Fields Country Club.
The Charleston Southern junior held a 2-up lead at the turn, but could not hang on to the lead after bogeying three holes on the back nine to lose by 2 against No. 22 seed Sean Crocker of Westlake Village, Calif.
James, a Bath, Ont., native, was vying to become the second consecutive Canadian to reach the finals of the U.S. Amateur—Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., achieved that feat in 2014.
The championship semi-final will run on Saturday, followed by a 36-hole final on Sunday.
Olympia Fields Country Club, a two-time U.S. Open venue, will host its first U.S. Amateur with stroke-play being conducted on the 7,037-yard South Course and match-play on the 7,234-yard North Course.
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