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Stark's run at US Amateur comes to an end in quarterfinals

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Brian Stark

Brian Stark has had his sites set on Oklahoma State since he was 10-years-old. 

Brian Stark walked to the 16th hole at Oakmont Country Club trailing Texas’ Travis Vick by three strokes.

The match was one of four quarterfinals at the US Amateur in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.

Stark won the 16th and 17th holes to stay alive and give himself a small chance of advancing to the semifinals.

Stark’s magic ran out on the 18th as he and Vick tied the hole giving the Texas junior a one-up win.

Stark’s path to the quarterfinals started with a tie for fourth in the stroke play portion of the event. In the opening round of match play he defeated incoming Vanderbilt freshman Gordan Sargent one-up. In the round of 32 he defeated Georgia’s Trent Phillips one-up. In the round of 16, Stark pressed the gas pedal and defeated Sam Houston State’s Grayson Blunt six-and-five before falling later Friday to Vick.

Stark’s summer saw him bring in a lot of buzz. He finished as the runner-up at the Maridoe Amateur, was a quarterfinalist at the Western Amateur, a medalist at an US Amateur qualifier and finished top-20 at the TMGA Amateur.

With Stark’s quarterfinal appearance Oklahoma State has now had a l quarterfinalist in three of the last four US Amateurs.

Stark was joined by fellow Cowboy golfers Bo Jin and Aman Gupta in Oakmont. Both Jin and Gupta also made match play, before falling in the round of 32 and 64 respectively.