67th U.S. Junior Am: Round 2 Updates

This page will be updated throughout the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 67th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, played at The Club at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus Course) in The Woodlands, Texas. Scoring will be updated every three holes and can be found here.
July 22, 2014

7:30 p.m.
There is a playoff between nine players for the final five spots in the round of 64. Follow www.twitter.com/USGA for live updates. The players are going off in a group of four followed by a group of five, starting at the par-3 12th hole. 

5:30 p.m.
Davis Riley stumbles a bit on his second nine but still posts a 1-under 71 for a 6-under 138 total, good for solo third place currently. Riley double bogeyed the par-3 third and par-3 seventh holes, but said afterward: “I really only made one bad swing, and I feel good about my game.” He will likely be the third or fourth seed in match play, depending on how fellow Mississippian Braden Thornberry finishes.  

4:00 p.m.
As might be expected, first-round leader Davis Riley of Hattiesburg, Miss., is not going quietly in the battle for stroke-play medalist honors. Riley, who had a bogey-free 67 in yesterday’s first round, was still bogey-free through nine holes of his second round, and made the turn at 3 under par to reach 8 under for the championship. However, he ran into trouble at the par-3 third hole, his 12th of the day, where he made a double-bogey 5. He is currently at 6 under par, one stroke behind Horsfield and Crocker. Another player making a nice move this afternoon is Will Grimmer, of Cincinnati. The 17-year-old who played last month in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 is 3 under through six holes and stands at 4 under par for the championship. 

1:15 p.m.
Sam Horsfield, with his second consecutive round in the 60s, and Sean Crocker, with his championship-best (so far) round of 66, have given the rest of the field a number to shoot for in the race for stroke-play medalists. The two 17-year-olds, each playing in his final U.S. Junior Amateur, stand at 7-under 137 through 36 holes. They currently lead by two strokes over first-round leader Davis Riley, who began his second round at 12:45 p.m. off the 10th tee. Other notable performances from the morning wave include five-time Junior Am competitor William Zalatoris, who shot a 69 for a 4-under 140 total; Shuai Ming Wong, of China, who also shot a 69 for a 141 total; and Nathan Jeansonne of Keithville, La., who fired a 4-under 68 and stands at 2-under 142.

11:00 a.m.
Sean Crocker, of Westlake Village, Calif., has equaled the championship 9-hole scoring record by shooting a 6-under-par 30 on his front nine (the back nine on the course). Crocker made five birdies and eagled the par-5 18th hole to offset a lone bogey on the par-3 12th hole.

10:00 a.m.
After a great first round in which the stroke average for the field was 76.05, the USGA is presenting a slightly different look today in terms of course setup. Today’s course yardage is 7,181 yards, 38 yards shorter than yesterday. On the front nine, the biggest change comes on the par-4 second hole, where the tees were moved up 32 yards to play at 434. That hole played as the third-toughest in the first round (4.481 stroke average). On the back nine, the par-3 17th hole has been shortened by 17 yards today, to 190. With water and bunkers guarding the green, this hole played as the toughest in the first round, yielding the fewest birdies (7) and causing the most double bogeys (18) on the course.

9:15 a.m.
It’s clear that Sam Horsfield is on his game. The 17-year-old, who reached the round of 32 in last week’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, shot a 4-under 68 yesterday afternoon and was in the first grouping off Hole No. 1 this morning. Horsfield made three birdies on the front nine to make the turn at 3 under, and stands 7 under par for the championship, putting him in prime position in the race for stroke-play medalist.

7:30 a.m.
Another humid morning, with the sun starting to burn through the low clouds, greets the players here at The Club at Carlton Woods for the second round of stroke-play qualifying. On the PGA Tour, the third round is often called “moving day” because it’s a chance for players far down the leader board to shoot a good round and get themselves in contention. Here at the U.S. Junior, players who didn’t have the best of scores yesterday have the same opportunity. With a good round today, they just might find themselves among the top 64 scorers and advance to the match-play portion of the championship. 

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