17, a native Korean living in the United States for only 20 months before
this championship, defeated fellow Californian Andy Barnes, 2 up, to win
the 47th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, at Echo Lake Country Club,
in Westfield, N.J.
Fullerton, Calif., who was playing in his first Junior Amateur, had a
relatively easy time in the morning semifinal, beating Mauricio Muniz,
of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 5 and 3. Barnes, meanwhile, defeated a scrappy,
110-pound Charles Howell, of Augusta, Ga., 1 up. Howell, who defeated
Ted Oh, of Torrence, Calif., in a quarterfinal marque matchup, 1 up, also
was a semifinalist in 1993, and still has more eligibility left. He is
just 15 years old.
been the 1992 South Korean national junior champion, but had played in
only two tournaments previously in this country. His father and coach,
Hyung, walked with him every step of the way, cheering his son on.
Michael Henderson, of Raleigh, N.C., who qualified with a record-tying
139, lost in the second round.
the lead on the first hole, holing a sand shot for birdie. Noe drew all
square with a par on the short par-4 second, then Barnes parred the third
to regain the lead. Noe birdied the fifth, then parred the eighth to take
a 1-up lead, then moved to 2 up with a par at No. 13. Barnes won the No.
15, before Noe birdied No. 16 to go to dormie 2.
the match alive by winning the par-3 17th with a par when Noe missed a
3-footer. But Noe steadied himself and parred the 18th to win as Barnes
couldn't escape the right rough for his first two shots.
outplayed me," said Barnes.
it an upset? Maybe so, according to Noe.
wanted to make the cut," Noe admitted.
drew 2,694 entries, breaking the previous record set in 1993.