Apparently, Chelso Barrett and Nicolas Echavarria think the semfinal match is a 100-yard dash. They played the first nine holes on Friday afternoon in 88 minutes. "That's the fastest nine holes I have ever seen," said David Staebler, the director of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship for the USGA.
Echavarria birdied his second consecutive hole to take the match back to all square. Barrett went the full distance in his morning quarterfinal win. This one seems to be trending in that direction as well.
The first semifinal match between Jordan Spieth and Adam Ball also is pushing forward at a nice pace. Ball just birdied No. 10 to trim the deficit to 5 down. Does he have another miracle comeback in his arsenal? He's already pulled off two remarkable rallies in match play, beating James Park in round two and Juan Yumar in the round of 16. -- David Shefter