Vargas Sets Junior Amateur Record

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James Vargas, 17, of Miami, Fla., followed-up his opening-round 65 with a 4-under-par 67 to earn medalist honors at the 54th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Tx.
 
The two-day 36-hole total of 132 breaks the previous U.S. Junior Amateur record of 134 set by Sonny Nimkhum at the Country Club of York in 1999. The score also ties the all-time USGA record for low 36-hole score in an amateur championship, shared by five others.
 
First-round co-leader Scotty Campbell, 16, of Conway, Ark., shot a 1-under-par 70 to grab sole possession of second place, three strokes back. Four strokes off the lead are Colin Biles, 16, of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Eddie Lee, 17, of Christchurch, New Zealand, and Jonathan Moore, 16, of Portland, Ore.
 
Zach Amore, 17, of Denver, Pa., Kevin Kisner, 17, of Aiken, S.C., and Jonathan Lenz, 17, of San Antonio, Texas, who finished at 151, earned their way to match play in a six-way playoff for the final three spots.
 
Defending champion Matthew Rosenfeld, 17, of Plano, Texas, came back from his opening-round 80 with a second-round, two-under-par 69.
 
The first and second rounds of match play will be played Thursday and the third round and quarterfinals will be held Friday. The semifinals and the championship final are scheduled for Saturday.
 
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