Dennis Bull of Norwalk was defeated Wednesday morning in his quarterfinal match against two-time U.S. Mid-Am champion Tim Jackson of Tennessee 3&2. With the usual match play concessions, Bull posted a stroke play score of even par but Jackson was 3-under during the 16 holes of the match. The championship was held at Conway Farms Golf Club in suburban Chicago.
Bull defeated Rhode Island lefty Charlie Blanchard 2 up in the round of 16 Tuesday afternoon. He now faces two-time U.S. Mid-Am champion Tim Jackson of Germanntown, TN at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. Jackson won the title in 1994 and 2001.
The advancement to the quarterfinals earns Bull an exemption into the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship as well as moving him into first place in the 2012 IGA Player of the Year rankings.
Bull made his way to the round of 16 by ousting Trevor Sauntry of Houston, TX 3&1 in their second round match Tuesday morning. He defeated Tom Hart of Denver, CO by making birdie at the 19th hole in the first round.
Bull earned his way to the match play portion of the championship by shooting rounds of 74-75 at Conway Farms and the Knollwood Club, respectively, to earn the 49 seed. He has had great success in match play this year, finishing as runner-up in the IGA Match Play to Michael Wuertz.
Two other Iowans, Patrick Datz of Ames and Luke Vermeer of Sioux Center, qualified for the championship but failed to make match play. Datz shot rounds of 75-80 while Vermeer posted 75-77.
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