Sammy Schmitz of Farmington edged Brad Wilder of Fort Wright, Ky., 1 up on Wednesday in the semifinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in Vero Beach, Calif., and will play Thursday for the championship and a spot in the Masters.
Schmitz will play Marc Dull of Lakeland, Fla., in Thursday's final.
Earlier Schmitz beat Joshua Irving of Dallas 4 and 3 in the quarterfinals.
"I've had the best of both worlds [this week]," Schmitz said, "a little bit of luck, but I've felt pretty calm and pretty confident throughout the entire tournament."
MSU Mankato to induct six, plus one team
Six individuals and the men's track and field team from 1975-76 will be inducted into the Minnesota State Mankato Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday.
The list: Gordon Cookshaw (cross-country, track and field, 1973-77), Shari (Vogt) Dickerman (hockey, 2000-04), Jennifer (Blendermann) Nelson (volleyball, 1999-2002), Matt Petsinger (wrestling, 1997-2001).
Also being inducted, in the builder category, are former faculty athletic representative Ron Hybertson (1991-2000) and former women's soccer coach Chris Miskec (1996-2007).
• Doug Schoepf, the director of racing and racing secretary at Canterbury Park, will retire, track officials announced. "He has been here since the track reopened [in 1995] and provided insightful and much-needed leadership," Canterbury Park President Randy Sampson said. "He has been a great asset to our racing program and deserves a lot of credit for our success."
• The MSU Mankato women's soccer team (9-1, 7-0 NSIC) is No. 6 in the NSCAA ranking this week. Senior Korey Kronfort was selected the Division II player of the week. She had five goals, including a hat trick, and two assists in two wins.
• Matt Barnard and Yu Zhon of the Gophers were named the Big Ten divers of the week. Barnard placed first in 3-meter diving and second in 1-meter in a dual meet against Florida State. Zhou had the reverse finishes against the same school.