Champ Harman Advances To Third Round Match At U.S.
|This wonderful bunker shot at the 18th allowed
defending champ Brian Harman to escape with a 1 -up win in round
two. (John Mummert/USGA)
Francisco - Defending champion Brian Harman, 17, of Savannah, Ga., built
a 2-up lead and hung on, using a terrific bunker shot on the final hole
to earn a 1-up win over Kyle Stanley, 17, of Gig Harbor, Wash., to advance
to Thursday afternoon's third round of match play at the U.S. Junior
Amateur at The Olympic Club.
tried to give it away," said Harman, who finished over par (+2) for
the first time in four rounds this week. "At every tournament, there
is a match that you don't win 5 and 4. I hope this is my close one;
the one I have to really worry about.
was probably the best bunker shot I've ever had, or close to it," continued
Harman, talking about his approach that found a semi-buried lie before
the 5-foot-7 lefty blasted out to three feet from the hole.
players made par 4s on the final hole, keeping Harman alive in his quest
to become only the second to win back-to-back Junior Amateur titles.
The other was Tiger Woods, who won the Junior Amateur from 1991-93.
biggest winners in the morning's second round were Matt Savage, 17,
of Louisville, Ky., and Sung Kang, 17, of Korea, each of whom won by
wide margins. Savage beat Andrew Carroll, 17, of Little Rock, Ark.,
6 and 5, and Kang beat fellow Korean James Lee, 6 and 5. Kang had the
best round, going the equivalent of 5-under for his 13 holes.
Korean-native who advanced was 14-year-old Steve An, who is visiting
in nearby Daly City, Calif., for the summer. An won the last two holes
to beat Californian Jake Yount, 2 up. And 14-year-old and 105-pound
David Chung of Fayetteville, N.C., holed a 40-foot putt on the final
hole to close out Randy Lowry, 17, of Spring, Texas, 1 up.
continues with the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds on Friday. The
18-hole championship final is scheduled for Saturday. The winner receives
an exemption into the 2004 U.S. Amateur in August plus an exemption
from local qualifying for the next three U.S. Opens.
Junior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually
by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for
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Francisco - Results of Thursday's second round of match play at 2004
U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, at the par 35-35--70, 6,790-yard Olympic
Club (Lakeside Course) (All times PDT)
Harman, Savannah, Ga. (133) def. Kyle Stanley, Gig Harbor, Wash. (149),
An, Daly City, Calif. (147) def. Jake Yount, Danville, Calif. (147),
Obermueller, River Falls, Wis. (152) def. Drew Weaver, High Point, N.C.
(149), 2 and 1.
Kim, Fullerton, Calif. (149) def. Daniel Woltman, Beaver Dam, Wis. (146),
3 and 2.
Pablo Candela, Colombia (149) def. Roberto Galletti Jr, Clayton, Calif.
(143), 2 and 1.
Takesue, Cerritos, Calif. (148) def. Chris Rockwell, Owings Mills, Md.
(151), 3 and 1.
Curran, Hopkinton, Mass. (152) def. Mark Silvers, Savannah, Ga. (150),
O'Connell, Cary, N.C. (151) def. Alex Martin, Middletown, Ohio (146),
3 and 1.
Savage, Louisville, Ky. (141) def. Andrew Carroll, Little Rock, Ark.
(150), 6 and 5.
Chung, Fayetteville, N.C. (148) def. Randy Lowry, Spring, Texas (147),
Ormand, Austin, Texas (149) def. Charlie Harris, Fresno, Calif. (144),
4 and 3.
Riesen, Pinehurst, N.C. (151) def. Matthew Swan, Montgomery, Ala. (146),
3 and 2.
Hoon Kang, Korea (142) def. James Lee, Korea (149), 6 and 5.
Johnson, Birmingham, Ala. (147) def. Seann Harlingten, Rancho Mirage,
Calif. (148), 1 up.
Flores, Grass Valley, Calif. (152) vs. Ji Moon, Ellicott City, Md. (150),
3 and 2.
McKenney, Scottsdale, Ariz. (148) def. Tom Glissmeyer, Colo. Springs,
Colo. (151), 1 up.
Third Round Pairings (Times are PDT)
p.m. - Harman vs. An
p.m. - Obermueller vs. Kim
p.m. - Candela vs. Takesue
p.m. - Curran vs. O'Connell
p.m. - Savage vs. Chung
p.m. - Ormand vs. Riesen
p.m. - Kang vs. Johnson
p.m. - Flores vs. McKenney