Saturday, August 23, 2008. PINEHURST, N.C, - The impressive runs of Georgia golfers Adam Mitchell and Patrick Reed at the United States Amateur ended on Saturday in the semifinals.
Mitchell, a senior from Chattanooga, lost to Drew Kittleson 4&2, and Reed, a freshman from Augusta, fell to Danny Lee 3&2. Kittleson and Lee will meet in Sunday's championship match to play 36 holes starting at 8 a.m.
"It was a great week; it's just really hard to win this golf tournament," Mitchell said. "It's a lot of golf you have to play. It's not your average four-day event. You've got to be patient with yourself and just know that it's never over until it's over. I just didn't make many putts today. I hit some good shots and had some opportunities, but they just didn't fall."
Mitchell held a 1-up lead after eight holes, but Kittleson made par at No. 9 to square the match and birdie on 10 to go 1 up. He then won No. 11 and 14 to go 3 up and closed the match with a par on No. 16.
Reed never led in the match, but kept it close, never trailing by more than two holes. Lee was 2 up after 12 when Reed won the par-4 13th with a birdie. Lee took No. 15 with a birdie and No. 16 with a par to close the match.
"Honestly I played a decent round," Reed said. "I started off a lot better than I did (Friday). I gave myself a lot of chances and I made him make birdies to beat me. I hit the ball decently, probably even better than all week, and I made a couple putts. It was just he made more. That's all. That's basically what it came down to. "
Mitchell reiterated that the U.S. Amateur performance bodes well for the Bulldogs this season.
"It shows how good our team is going to be this year," Mitchell said. "We have two guys in the final four and one is an incoming freshman and we're not even losing anybody this year. So that just says a lot about the depth of our team and how good we're going to be."