WALLA WALLA - Top-seeded Carl Jonson of Bainbridge Island, Wash., passed two more tests here Thursday during a blistering-hot day at the Wine Valley Golf Club.
But Jonson found himself surrounded by seeded players ranging from No. 5 Nicholas Chianello of Gresham, Ore., to 59th-seeded Ryan Books of Seattle when the Pacific Northwest Golf Association's Men's Amateur Championships swung into the quarterfinal round this morning.
Three of the tournament's top 10 seeds - No. 3 Dylan Maine of Spokane, No. 7 Gregg LaVoie of Kennewick and No. 8 Preston Valder of Yorba, Linda, Calif. - were dismissed during the round of 32 match-play competition Thursday. And second-seeded Tanner Highman of Shelley, Idaho, and No. 4 Charlie Mroz of Woodinville, Wash., joined them on the sidelines later in the day after losing in the round of 16.
Other than Jonson, the only top 10 seed remaining from the tournament's first two rounds of medal play was No. 5 Chianello, who won his first match Thursday by injury default and then breezed to a 4 and 3 victory in the round of 16.
Jonson and Chianello were joined in the quarterfinals by 13th-seeded Mason Casper of Mapleton, Utah; No. 26 seed Shotaro Ban of San Jose, Calif.; No. 46 Rak Cho of Eugene, Ore.; No. 47 Jarred Bossio of Olympia, Wash.; and No. 56 Blake Snyder and No. 59 Books, both of Seattle.
Quarterfinal play commenced this morning at 7:30 and will be followed by the tournament semifinals in the afternoon. The 36-hole championship match is set for Saturday, also beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Jonson, who fired a course-record 63 during Tuesday's second round of medal play, dispatched Gaston De La Torre of Brush Prairie, Wash., 1-up Thursday morning and came back with a 2 and 1 victory over Riley Fleming of Airdrie, Alberta, to reach the final eight. Fleming made it into the round of 16 by nudging Portland's Jake Wagner 2 and 1 during Thursday morning's round of 32.
In his first match Thursday, Jonson fell behind early as De La Torre won four of the first six holes. But Johnson squared the match after 15 holes, took his first lead of the day with a clutch birdie putt on 17 and secured the victory with a routine par at 18.
Jonson was matched against Snyder in this morning's quarterfinal match. Snyder made it through two rounds Thursday by defeating Hans Reimers of Albany, Ore., 1-up and disposing of Corey Gard of Villa Park, Calif., 2 and 1.
Chianello, the fifth seed, caught a break in the round of 32 when Reilly McMahon of Santa Maria, Calif., was forced to withdraw because of an injury. With the temperature soaring to triple digits, that made it a little easier for Chianello in the round of 16 and he closed out No. 12 seed Ian Dahl of Longview, Wash., after 15 holes.
Dahl made it into Thursday afternoon's play with a 2 and 1 victory over San Gyun Lee of Calgary, B.C.
Chianello faced Casper in today's quarterfinal round.
Casper had to work hard for his round of 32 victory, eliminating Greg Gildea of Vashon, Wash., on the fourth extra hole. But he made quicker work of Charlie Mroz of Woodinville, Wash., in the afternoon, riding four birdies in a five-hole span beginning at No. 10 to lock up a 4 and 3 victory.
Mroz advanced to Thursday afternoon's play with a 2 and 1 victory over DJ Schlutz of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., in the morning.
Bossio used six birdies in 13 holes to defeat Eric Grimberg of Portland 6 and 5 in the round of 32. That set him up for a major upset as the 47th seed edged the second-seeded Higham on the 19th hole.
Higham, who shot rounds of 67 and 69 during the medal-play portion of the tournament and at 136 shared medalist honors with Jonson, reached the round of 16 with a 5 and 3 victory over Kento Ogimi of Olympia., Wash. And he controlled the match against Bossio and led 1-up heading to the 18th tee.
But Bossio turned it on, making a birdie at 18 to tie the match and then sinking another birdie putt on the first extra hole to complete the upset.
Bossio took on Ban in today's quarters.
Ban battled his way into the final eight by turning back Kennewick's LaVoie 2 and 1 in the round of 32 and Scott Rubzin of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., in 19 holes in the round of 16. Rubzin defeated Kevin Dehuff of Coto De Caza, Calif., 2 and 1 in the round of 32.
Today's final quarterfinal matched Eugene's Cho against Seattle's Book. Cho was a 3 and 2 winner over David Nuhn of Moscow, Idaho, and a 4 and 3 victor over Jacob Webb of Issaquah, Wash. Books beat Kent Hagen of Covington, Wash., in 19 holes and topped Andrew Whalen of Ephrata, Wash., 3 and 2.
At Wine Valley Golf Club
Round of 32
Carl Jonson, Bainbridge Island, Wash., def Gaston De La Torre, Brush Prairie, Wash., 1-up.
Riley Fleming, Airdrie Alberta, def Jake Wagner, Portland, 2 and 1.
Corey Gard, Villa Park, Calif., def Preston Valder, Yorba Linda, Calif., 2 and 1.
Blake Snyder, Seattle, def Hans Reimers, Albany, Ore., 1-up.
Charlie Mroz, Woodinville, Wash., def DJ Schultz, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., 2 and 1.
Mason Casper, Mapleton, Utah, def Greg Gildea, Vashon, Wash., 22 holes.
Nicholas Chianello, Gresham, Ore., def Reilly McMahon, Santa Maria, Calif., by default.
Ian Dahl, Longview, Wash., def Sang Gyun Lee, Calgary, B.C., 2 and 1.
Tanner Highman, Shelley, Idaho, def Kento Ogimi, Olympia, Wash., 5 and 3.
Jarred Bossio, Olympia, Wash., def Eric Grimberg, Portland, 6 and 5.
Shotaro Ban, San Jose, Calif., def Gregg LaVoie, Kennewick, 2 and 1.
Scott Rubzin, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., def Kevin Dehuff, Coto De Caza, Calif., 2 and 1.
Jacob Webb, Issaquah, Wash., def Dylan Maine, Spokane, 3 and 1
Rak Cho, Eugene, Ore., def David Nuhn, Moscow, Idaho, 3 and 2.
Ryan Books, Seattle, def Kent Hagen, Covington, Wash., 19 holes.
Andrew Whalen, Ephrata, Wash., def David Fink, Kailua, Hawaii, 3 and 2.
Round of 16
Carl Jonson, Bainbridge Island, Wash., def Riley Fleming, Airdrie, Alberta, 2 and 1.
Blake Snyder, Seattle, def Corey Gard, Villa Park, Calif., 2 and 1.
Mason Casper, Mapleton, Utah, def Charlie Mroz, Woodinville, Wash., 4 and 3.
Nicholas Chianello, Gresham, Ore., def Ian Dahl, Longview, Wash., 4 and 3.
Jarred Bossio, Olympia, Wash., def Tanner Highman, Shelley, Idaho, 19 holes.
Shotara Ban, San Jose, Calif., def Scott Rubzin, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 4 and 3.
Rak Cho, Eugene, Ore., def Jacob Webb, Issaquah, Wash., 4 and 3.
Ryan Books, Seattle, def Andrew Whalen, Ephrata, Wash., 3 and 2.