ERIN, Wis. — It was a mighty long day on the golf course for Scott Langley on Wednesday. A mighty good day, too.
It began with the former Illini completing his final eight holes of the second round at the weather-interrupted U.S. Amateur Championship. Langley capped the round with an eagle on the par-5 18th to finish with a 7-under-par 63. That lifted the former NCAA champion into a tie for eighth place with a 36-hole total of 5-under 137 and qualified him for the match-play portion of the tournament.
Then, it was back onto the course, where Langley — seeded ninth for match play — won his Round-of-64 match 3 and 2 against 56th-seeded Donald Constable of Deephaven, Minn.
Constable was the winner of the 2010 North & South Amateur Championship in Pinehurst, N.C.
“Coming into today, I was just trying to keep my head down and put my foot on the gas,” Langley said. “I wanted to focus on moving forward and getting in a nice spot for match play. Erin Hills is a firm links course, which suits my strength.”
Langley will face either 41st seed Donald Sutton of Canada or 24th seed Daniel Nisbel of Australia in the Round of 32. Sutton was 2 up with three holes to play when the match was halted by darkness.
In men's tennis:
Ram advances. Former Illini Rajeev Ram defeated Axel Michon of France 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday in the first round of qualifying at the U.S. Open. Ram will meet Carsten Ball of Australia today in the second round.