TARIK CAN, 17, of Douglaston, N.Y., who confesses to never playing competitive match play until his first Junior Amateur at Atlanta AC, was the co-medalist at 1-under-par 139. He was the medalist in qualifying at Glens Falls C.C. in Queensbury, N.Y. He will be a junior at the Pendleton School in Bradenton, Fla. In 2002, he won the PING Junior at Trophy Lake in Seattle, Washington and was 17th at the Western Junior. He won the Club Corp. Junior and the Eagle Ridge Junior in 1999. His low competitive round is a 66 at Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla. A country music fan, he says the year of the coin he uses to mark his ball is usually his score (1967=67).
BRIAN HARMAN, 15, of Savannah, Ga., is the youngest quarterfinalist. A left-hander, he is also the only Georgian still playing in the championship. A rising sophomore at Savannah Christian School, he won the Georgia Junior Amateur this summer. He lists 1996 U.S. Open champion Steve Jones as his influence in golf. His low competitive round is 63, which he shot in winning the Chad Tanner Invitational in December of 2001. An outstanding student, he also won the Southeastern Junior in 2002. A fan of hunting, fishing, basketball and Hank Williams Jr., Harman has one hole-in-one in his record book. This is his first Junior Amateur.
JOE PANZERI, 15, of Boise, Idaho, is taking some time off from his summer job as member of the range staff at Boise Ranch G.C. A junior at Meridian High School, he is playing in his first Junior Amateur. In 2002, he has won the McCall Junior Amateur and the Boise Ranch G.C. championship (the youngest ever). His best competitive round was a 7-under-par 65 in Junior Amateur qualifying at Spurwing C.C. The runner-up at the 2001 state HS championship, he loves golf comedies like ‘CaddyShack’ and ‘Happy Gilmore.’
CHANIN PUNTAWONG, 15, of Bradenton, Fla., is a native of Thailand. A semifinalist in 2001, he is the only exempt player remaining in the championship. A 9th-grader at Bradenon Academy, he began playing golf at age 6. His low competitive round is a 64 at Champions’ Gate in Orlando, Fla. An honorable mention all-AJGA selection, he won the Junior Worlds in 1999 and 2001. Also in 2001, he won the Henry Griffiths and the Top 100. All three of his career holes-in-one have been recorded in Thailand.
ZAC REYNOLDS, 17, of Edmond, Okla., will be a senior at Edmond North High School. He qualified as the medalist in Norman, Okla., his first time in four tries for the Junior Amateur. The sports editor for his high school newspaper, Ruff Draft, he is a likely National Merit Scholar finalist or semifinalist. A two-time All-Edmond Player of the Year, he won individual honors in the Metro Conference in 2002. He lists winning the Oklahoma State Junior championship in 2000 as his biggest accomplishment in golf. A runner-up at the 2002 Class 6-A Regional championship, he has twice shot 65 in competition.
ELLIOTT WAINWRIGHT, 17, of Hillsborough, Calif., began playing golf at age 10. He advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating defending champion Henry Liaw. A rising senior at Lone Eagle High School, he qualified at Stanford G.C. for the first time in five attempts and shot his low competitive round of 65 on his way to a 36-hole score of 136. The left-hander won the Green Valley Junior this year and was runner-up at the Pasatiempo Invitational in 2001. He says that wearing yellow shirts is his way to shoot low scores and has one career hole-in-one.
CASEY WITTENBERG, 17, of Memphis, Tenn., who is playing in his fourth Junior Amateur, has advanced to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. He qualified as the medalist at Memphis C.C. and played in the second-longest match in Junior Amateur history when he defeated Daniel Im in the third round in 26 holes. The winner of the 2002 AGJA Thunderbird Invitational, he has advanced to match play in three Junior Amateurs. His low competitive round is a 64 at U.S. Amateur qualifying last year. The 2001 AJGA Player of the Year, he has played in the 2001 Junior World Cup and Junior Ryder Cup. He also lists the 2001 Azalea Amateur and the 2000 Polo Junior Classic as victories.