It has been a good summer for former SMU golfer Kelly Kraft. The 22-year-old won the Texas Amateur Championship in Austin and won the Trans-Miss Championship in Kansas as well.
Now, he's in the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur Championship. Kraft defeated Patrick Rodgers easily, winning 6 & 4. But he sure had to work in his morning match just to face Rodgers. Kraft led the entire match against Blake Biddle, but lost the final hole as Biddle sent it to extra holes. On the fifth playoff hole, Kraft said he got up-and-down from 90 yards for par for the win.
"He was a bulldog," Kraft said. "He wasn't giving me anything and I wasn't giving him anything. We kept making putts and matching each other. It was good to get that win."
Kraft then went out and played well from the start against Rodgers, taking an early lead and pouring it on to end the match early. He feels confident thanks to his solid summer.
"I feel like I'm playing well," Kraft said. "I came in feeling that way and I'm just going to continue to play."
Kraft's opponent on Saturday is 23-year-old Jack Senior of England. He is a 2011 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup golfer who defeated Dallas' Jordan Spieth in the quarterfinals. Senior won on the final hole.