Tway Defeats Saunders Moves to Quarters


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LONGMEADOW, Mass. -- Kevin Tway, the son of PGA Tour player Bob Tway, defeated medalist Sam Saunders in the second round Thursday, then dispatched Russell Henley in the third round, 3 and 1, to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Tway bested Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, 4 and 3.
'I was kind of nervous, but it helped a lot that I was hitting the ball so well,' said the younger Tway. 'I haven't really played much match play.'
Tway will face Tim McKenney in the quarterfinals. McKenney advanced thanks to a 7-and-5 routing of Jae-Hyun An in round two, and a 4-and-3 win over Tyler Morris.
Philip Francis ousted defending champion Sihwan Kim, 1-up, but needed one extra hole. Francis defeated John Popeck, 5 and 4, Thursday morning in the second round.
Francis drew Arnond Vongvanij in the quarterfinal round after Vongvanij grinded out a 1-up win over Cameron Tringale in the third round. Vongvanij handled Jonathan Bowers, 2 and 1 in the round of 32.
Ryan Thomas earned a 1-up victory over Joseph Monte Thursday afternoon. That was after Thomas beat Canada's Jean-Philippe Paiement, 2 and 1 in the morning session.
Bradley Johnson will take on Thomas on Friday. Johnson was a 2-and-1 winner over Wesley Bryan in round two and a 3-and-2 victor over Brian Kim in the third round.
Jamie Lovemark posted a 2-and-1 win over Rickie Fowler in round three and will meet David Chung on Friday. Chung needed 21 holes before toppling Peter Uihlein Thursday afternoon.
The Junior Amateur, for golfers age 17 and younger, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association. The championship continues through Saturday, with a 36-hole match play final determining the winner.
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