LONGMEADOW, Mass. -- Kevin Tway, the son of PGA Tour player Bob Tway, earned a pair of 1-up victories on Friday to advance to Saturday's final of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Tway will meet Bradley Johnson in the 36-hole final. Johnson also won a pair of 1-up matches on Friday, first against Ryan Thomas in the quarterfinal round, then against last year's runner-up David Chung in the semifinals.
In the quarterfinal round, Tway hit a wedge to 3 feet to set up birdie at the par-3 third hole, the 21st of the match. That was enough to topple Tim McKenney.
Later Friday afternoon, Tway drained a 5-footer for birdie at the last to best Arnond Vongvanij.
'I didn't really have any expectations coming into this week,' said the younger Tway, whose father was watching on Friday. 'My dad just told me to have a good attitude and good things will happen.'
Johnson ran home a 15-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole of his match against Chung. That gave him a 1-up lead he never relinquished and when he two-putted from 20 feet at the last, Johnson reached the final match.
'I'm excited to get here,' said Johnson, who also earned a spot in the U.S. Amateur Championship next month at Merion. 'I'm still kind of in shock. I knew I had to play one of my best rounds. I putted the best I putted all week.'
The Junior Amateur, for golfers age 17 and younger, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association.