Semifinal Capsules

CHARLIE BELJAN, 17, of Mesa, Ariz., who is playing in his first Junior Amateur, is a rising senior at Red Mountain High School, where he and the team won the class 5A Arizona championship. Whenever he plays golf, he “always plays with (his) shoes untied.” His low competitive round is a 64 at Junior World qualifying, where he placed 25th at Torrey Pines in San Diego, Calif. An honorable mention all-FCWT choice, he was fourth at the FCWT this year playing Doral G.C.’s Blue Monster. In 2002, he also lists a 6th-place finish at the Southwest Amateur. Beljan, who began playing golf at age 9, already has two holes-in-one to his credit, both at Alta Mesa C.C. He is 6-2, 210.

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). He stands 6-1 and weighs 140 pounds.

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. He is 5-10, 160 pounds.

ELLIOTT WAINWRIGHT, 17, of Hillsborough, Calif., began playing golf at age 10. He advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating defending champion Henry Liaw. Homeschooled since the fourth grade, Wainwright has 102 college credits. 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 6-2, 230-pound 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.