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U.S. Amateur semifinals set

Updated: August 15, 2014, 6:13 PM ET
Associated Press

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Pepperdine junior Frederick Wedel advanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals Friday, beating 36-year-old Pittsburgh financial adviser Nathan Smith 4 and 3 at Atlanta Athletic Club.

The 19-year-old Wedel, from The Woodlands, Texas, won two of the first three holes against Smith, a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion. Wedel took a 4-up lead with consecutive birdie wins on Nos. 12 and 13 and closed out the match with a par halve on the par-3 15th.

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