NCAA champ will face fellow collegian List

Originally Published: August 21, 2004
Associated Press

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Ryan Moore moved into position to try for his fourth amateur title of the year, beating Jeff Overton 2 and 1 in the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur at Winged Foot Golf Club on Saturday.

Moore, a senior at UNLV who already has won the NCAA Division I, U.S. Amateur Public Links and Western Amateur titles, will face Luke List, who beat Chris Nallen in 19 holes, in Sunday's 36-hole final. Moore reached the final round for the first time in four attempts.

Moore secured his victory just as heavy rain and thunder halted the other semifinal with List, of Ringgold, Ga., leading Nallen, of Hackettstown, N.J., 2-up with three holes remaining,

When play resumed, Nallen squared the match with a par on the 16th and a birdie at No. 18, forcing a playoff. List, a semifinalist at the British Amateur earlier this year, made a par on the first extra hole to advance to the final.

"I've been the underdog in every match but one this week, and I'll definitely be the underdog again tomorrow," said List, who will play Moore for the first time.

"Moore's the No. 1 amateur in the country, and more than being a great player, he's a great guy. I hope I can get one more upset."

Overton capitalized on three bogeys by Moore on the front nine and led 1-up at the turn. Moore pulled even with a par at No. 10.

After halving two holes, Moore seized control with a birdie at the par-3 13th and a par at the 14th for a 2-up lead.

At No. 17, Overton already had his hat off, and was ready to shake hands, as Moore sank a par putt to end the match.

"Ryan was just on fire, and basically made everything he looked at today," Overton said. "He had seven or eight putts from between 8 and 12 feet to go along with a 30-footer. "If you can putt like that on these greens, you deserve to win.

"He's had a great year winning all those titles. The NCAA is considered in the eyes of the college players, as big as this. Add that to the Amateur Public Links and the Western Amateur and he's probably going to win this."

Moore, of Puyallup, Wash., has won 44 of his last 46 matches.

"I hit that just exactly how I wanted to," Moore said of his go-ahead putt. "I had been rolling the ball the previous two holes and burned the edge. I just missed from 50 feet on 11, so I was waiting for one of them to fall.

"The 13th was a good putt and that gave me momentum so that I could take care of the match."

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