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US Amateur Championship
Semi Final


Dickerson and Hamilton, will both advance to the final of the 101st US amateur Championship at East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta.

The round was filled with controversy after Nosler conceded 1 foot putt to Dickerson and then put his ball within 1 foot. Dickerson progressed to the next tee, without telling Nosler to pick his ball up. Assuming he had conceded Nosler was about to do just that when he thought better of it and left the ball in position. Officials were called in and and Dickerson was asked whether he had conceded the putt. Dickerson answered in the negative and asked whether Nosler had picket up his ball. This seemed to create bad feeling with Nosler who then refused to concede a two inch putt to Dickerson on the next hole.

By the 16th Dickerson was 1 down when he managed an 8 foot chip to even the match. At the 17th a 45 foot putt brought him 1 up.

Dickerson defeated Nosler, 1 up on the final hole, after a fantastic 8 foot putt.

Robert Hamilton beat Manuel Merizalde 2 and 1.

Hamilton had been 1 down as they approached the 10th. He managed to come back on the 12th, after Merizalde's shot coming from the deep rough landed in a bunker. Hamilton himself in the intermediate rough squared the match with a par.

He did the same on the next three holes. At the 16th, Merizalde got the square to 2 down. At the final hole, Merizalde conceded when Hamilton's putt ended within 15 feet of the cup.

Both Dickerson and Hamilton not only win places in the final of the US Amateur but also invitations to the 2002 Masters.


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