was a sign of things to come when the first match of the day, between
co-medalist Sean Crocker, of Zimbabwe, and relatively unheralded Dylan McCabe,
of Sioux City, Iowa, came to the par-5 18th hole all square. A few holes before
that, it looked like McCabe might pull out the victory after winning four
straight from Nos. 11 to 15 to go from 2 down to 2 up.
however, showed his resolve in winning the 16th and 17th to pull all square,
and when McCabe had a shaky three-putt on the 18th for bogey, all Crocker had
to do was knock in a 2-footer for par.
slowed myself down on 16, got a chance to get some food, grab a drink and take
as much time as I could to relax myself,” said a relieved Crocker. “Dylan was
such a great competitor. The whole match, even if I got up a hole, he was
always right there. Every kid that makes match play is one of the top 64
juniors in the country.”
several of the lower-seeded players used the round of 64 to show that they
belong with the best in a national championship.
three biggest upsets in terms of the seeding for match play were Joshua
McCarthy (60), of Danville, Calif., defeating Dominic Foos (5), of Germany, 2
and 1; Andreas Halvorsen (58), of Norway, over Ryan Ruffels (7), of Australia,
5 and 4; and Will Dickson (56), of Providence, R.I., edging out Cameron Young
(9), of Scarborough, N.Y., 2 and 1.
the result that most surprised many was 13th-seeded Brad Dalke, of Hobart,
Okla., falling to 52nd-seeded Anton Serafini, 15, of Lake Mary, Fla. Dalke is
one of the top juniors in the country and won the 2013 AJGA Ping Invitational,
while Serafini, by his own admission, came into his first USGA championship
well under the radar.
goal was to get off to a good start because I’m not sure if he’s ever heard of
me before, just to show him that I’m pretty good too and put a little bit of pressure
on,” said Serafini. “On the first hole, I was about 89 yards away and I hit it
to 2 feet, so that was a good start, exactly what I was looking for.” Serafini
never trailed en route to a 3-and-2 victory.
all of the higher seeds ran into trouble. Co-medalist Sam Horsfield, of
England, Davis Riley, of Hattiesburg, Miss., Will Grimmer, of Cincinnati, and Braden
Thornberry, of Olive Branch, Miss., enjoyed relatively comfortable victories and
moved on to the round of 32.
par-5 18th hole, with a large pond bordering the left side of the fairway and
an undulating green, was the scene of memorable drama today. Two players who
found themselves just off the back of the green, facing a testy downhill chip
toward the hole, left the green pumping their fists in celebration.
up was John Pak, of Scotch Plains, N.J. After leading for most of his match
against Blake Dyer, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Pak flew the green with his third
shot from the fairway. Dyer was approximately 8 feet from the hole, putting for
birdie. Pak took out his trusty 56-degree wedge, gave the shot one last look
and landed it perfectly on the green before it rolled downhill 25 feet into the
hole for a birdie.
up-and-downs were pretty incredible and my chipping has been pretty good this
week,” said Pak. “So I took out the pin and I was pretty confident, and it just
then missed his birdie putt to send the match to extra holes, sealing the 1-up
win for Pak.
dramatic shot was merely a prelude to further heroics. Roughly three hours
later, Ashwin Arasu, of San Diego, would also come to the 18th hole all square,
against Jorge Villar, of Mexico, after mounting an impressive comeback from 2
down with wins on the 16th and 17th holes.
18, Arasu’s second shot from 215 yards, with a 4-iron, carried too far and
settled over the green near where Pak’s ball had come to rest. With Villar
facing a 15-foot putt for birdie, Arasu followed the instructions from his
caddie for the delicate chip.
told me just to land it about two feet on the green and the ball should get
down there all by itself,” said a stunned Arasu. “It did exactly what he said.”
ball went into the hole for an eagle-3 and a walk-off victory, prompting a
furious set of celebratory fist pumps from Arasu and then a cascade of tears
when he realized what he had just done.
didn’t have much hope there for a long time because nothing was going that
well,” he said. “After the ball went in and I realized I won the match, the
tears just came and I couldn’t stop them. I’ve never cried before after being
happy. It just kind of happened.”
notable victories today included 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinalist Zecheng
Dou, of the People’s Republic of China, defeating Charlie Miller, of Jackson,
Miss.; 5 and 4; five-time U.S. Junior Amateur competitor William Zalatoris, of
Plano, Texas, getting past Caleb Proveaux, of Lexington, S.C., 6 and 5; and
Eric Bae, of Cary, N.C., who set a new championship nine-hole scoring record Tuesday
with a 29, continuing his momentum in a win over Peter Jones, of Owatonna,
winners advance to the round of 32, which begins at 7 a.m. CDT on Thursday. The
round of 16 will follow in the afternoon, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
scoring for all matches will be available at www.usga.org.
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67th U.S. JUNIOR
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Results from Wednesday’s round of 64 at the 2014 U.S.
Junior Amateur Championship, conducted at The Club at Carlton Woods’ Nicklaus
Course (6,953 yards, par 72):
Crocker, Zimbabwe (137) def. Dylan
McCabe, Sioux City, Iowa (149), 1 up
Augenstein, Owensboro, Ky. (146) def.
Keenan Huskey, Greenville, S.C. (146), 1
Theegala, Chino Hills, Calif. (147) def.
Cheng Jin, People’s Republic of China (142), 3 and 1
Jeansonne, Keithville, La. (142) def.
Frankie Capan III, North Oaks, Minn.
(147), 2 and 1
Zalatoris, Plano, Texas (140) def. Caleb
Proveaux, Lexington, S.C. (148), 6 and 5
Dou, People’s Republic of China (144) def.
Charlie Miller, Jackson, Miss. (147), 5
Dickson, Providence, R.I. (148) def.
Cameron Young, Scarborough, N.Y. (141),
2 and 1
Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J. (144) def.
Blake Dyer, Saint Petersburg, Fla.
(147), 1 up
Grimmer, Cincinnati, Ohio (138) def.
Justin Conant, Westerville, Ohio (149),
3 and 2
Madey, West Linn, Ore. (146) def. Thomas
Longbella, Chippewa Falls, Wis. (145), 3
Serafini, Lake Mary, Fla. (148) def.
Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla. (141), 3 and 2
Bae, Cary, N.C. (143) def. Peter Jones,
Owatonna, Minn. (147), 2 up
McCarthy, Danville, Calif. (149) def.
Dominic Foos, Germany (138), 2 and 1
Cauthen, Columbia, S.C. (147) def. Alex
Smalley, Wake Forest, N.C. (145), 4 and
Luck, Australia (141) def. Spencer
Ralston, Gainesville, Ga. (148), 1 up
Owens, Milton, Tenn. (147) def. Austin
Connelly, Irving, Texas (143), 2 and 1
Horsfield, England (137) def. David
Laskin, Elk Grove, Calif. (149), 5 and 4
Jun Lee, Republic of Korea (146) def.
John Mancinotti, Toledo, Ohio (146), 4
Barbaree, Shreveport, La. (148) def.
Charles Kim, Cedar Park, Texas (142), By
Murray, Australia (143) def. Bryson
Nimmer, Bluffton, S.C. (147), 3 and 2
Halvorsen, Norway (148) def. Ryan
Ruffels, Australia (140), 5 and 4
Sedeno, Roseville, Calif. (144) def.
Trevor Ranton, Canada (147), 20 holes
Snyder, McAllen, Texas (148) def. Jacob
Solomon, Dublin, Calif. (141), 6 and 4
Shore, Knoxville, Tenn. (143) def.
Marcus Byrd, Dunwoody, Ga. (147), 3 and
Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss. (138) def.
Priyanshu Singh, India (149), 4 and 2
Arasu, San Diego, Calif. (145) def.
Jorge Villar, Mexico (146), 1 up
DeNucci, Clive, Iowa (148) def. Shuai
Ming Wong, People’s Republic of China
(141), 5 and 3
Hendrix, Greenville, N.C. (143) def.
Jake Staiano, Englewood, Colo. (147), 4
Thornberry, Olive Branch, Miss. (140)
def. Austen Sandoval, Sacramento, Calif.
(148), 6 and 5
Redman, Raleigh, N.C. (144) def. Justin
Suh, San Jose, Calif. (147), 20 holes
Gil, Canada (141) def. Easton Paxton,
Riverton, Wyo. (148), 2 up
Zhang, People’s Republic of China (143)
def. Colin Bowles, Oceana, W.Va. (147),
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Pairings for Thursday’s round of 32 at the 2014 U.S.
Junior Amateur Championship, conducted at The Club at Carlton Woods’ Nicklaus
a.m. Sean Crocker, Zimbabwe (137) vs. John Augenstein, Owensboro,
a.m. Sahith Theegala, Chino Hills,
Calif. (147) vs. Nathan Jeansonne,
Keithville, La. (142)
a.m. William Zalatoris, Plano,
Texas (140) vs. Zecheng Dou, People’s
Republic of China (144)
a.m. Will Dickson, Providence, R.I. (148) vs. John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J. (144)
a.m. Will Grimmer, Cincinnati, Ohio (138) vs. Cole Madey, West Linn, Ore. (146)
a.m. Anton Serafini, Lake Mary,
Fla. (148) vs. Eric Bae, Cary, N.C. (143)
a.m. Joshua McCarthy, Danville,
Calif. (149) vs. Dwight Cauthen,
Columbia, S.C. (147)
a.m. Curtis Luck, Australia (141) vs. Tanner Owens, Milton, Tenn. (147)
a.m. Sam Horsfield, England (137) vs. Won Jun Lee, Republic of Korea (146)
a.m. Philip Barbaree, Shreveport,
La. (148) vs. Zach Murray,
a.m. Andreas Halvorsen, Norway (148) vs. Joshua Sedeno, Roseville,
a.m. David Snyder, McAllen, Texas (148) vs. Davis Shore, Knoxville, Tenn. (143)
a.m. Davis Riley, Hattiesburg,
Miss. (138) vs. Ashwin Arasu, San Diego,
a.m. Aaron DeNucci, Clive, Iowa (148) vs. Bryce Hendrix, Greenville,
a.m. Braden Thornberry, Olive Branch,
Miss. (140) vs. Doc Redman, Raleigh,
9:30 a.m. Tony Gil, Canada (141) vs. Andy Zhang, People’s Republic of