Defending champ Moore ousted

Updated: July 18, 2003, 7:24 AM ET
Associated Press

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Qualifying medalist Jeff Overton won two matches Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

Overton, a junior at Indiana University, beat Alan Hill of Spring Branch, Texas, 2 and 1, in the second round and Tim Kunick of Bismarck, N.D., 4 and 3 in the third.

''In match play you have to try to put a lot of pressure on the other guy so that he folds before you do,'' said Overton, who matched the 36-hole qualifying record for any USGA event at 10-under 132. ''I went out and did that.''

Defending champion Ryan Moore of UNLV lost in the second round, falling 4 and 3 to Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker. Snedeker then beat Brendan Steele of Idylllwild, Calif., 3 and 2.

''I really tried to stay focused because it's easy to become complacent after you beat somebody like Ryan Moore,'' Snedeker said.

Overton will face Dayton Rose of Stillwater, Okla., in the quarterfinals, and Snedeker will meet Brady Stockton of San Ramon, Calif. In the other quarterfinals, Tim Kane of Simsbury, Conn., will face Luke List of Ringgold, Ga., and Matt Every of Daytona Beach, Fla., will meet Chris Stroud of Groves, Texas.

The 36-hole final is Saturday in the tournament limited to amateurs who do not have playing privileges on a private course.

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