Stanford junior David Chung defeated defending NCAA champion Scott Langley, 1-up, on Friday in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur golf championships, being contested at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Bay, Wash.
"It was just a great duel, a battle the whole time," Chung said. "Scott's a great player and I knew it was going to be a ball-striking match."
Chung, 20, will face defending champion Byeong-Hun An of Cal in the semifinals on Saturday, which will be televised by NBC from 1-3 p.m. Sunday's finals also will be televised at the same time.
On Thursday, Chung posted two wins on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the championships. Chung defeated Skip Berkmeyer, 3 & 2, in the Round of 32 and then posted a 2 & 1 victory over Brad Benjamin later in the afternoon.
Chung, who has won titles at the Porter Cup and Western Amateur already this summer, took an early lead against Langley but was all square after nine holes. Langley, a product of the University of Illinois, took home medalist honors at the NCAA Championships in June. He also played in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
The semifinals winners will advance to Sunday's 36-hole championship match.
Stanford grad Joseph Bramlett (2010) defeated Tyler Sheppard in the Round of 32, but was eliminated by Jed Dirkson of Hampton, Iowa, on the 19th hole in the Round of 16.
Stanford and North Carolina will meet in the premier nonconference match in the country on Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C., in a classic No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup that acts as a rematch of the 2009 NCAA championship final.
On Dec. 6, Stanford was the No. 1 team and riding a 25-match winning streak when the teams met in College Station, Texas. North Carolina won, 1-0, and this time enters with the top ranking. Stanford is 1-0-1 and UNC is 2-0. The match is part of the Carolina Nike Classic that resumes for Stanford on Sunday against No. 25 Duke (1-0).
North Carolina leads both the NSCAA and Soccer America rankings, with Stanford No. 2 in both. Stanford was the preseason No. 1 in Soccer America, but dropped a spot after its 1-1 season-opening draw at Boston College.