Finals Set In Boys Junior Am
The 18-hole championship match is scheduled for 8 A.M. Sunday.
In the semifinals, Beljan, 17, defeated left-handed Elliott Wainwright, 17, of Hillsborough, Calif., 2 and 1, by winning the 16th and 17th holes. Wainwright had advanced by eliminating defending champion Henry Liaw in the third round and Casey Wittenberg of Memphis, Tenn. in the quarterfinals.
With a see-saw match at all square, Wainwright lost the 16th with a wayward drive, while Beljan two-putted for par from 8 feet. With a 1-up lead, the 6-4 Arizonan rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th to close out Wainwright.
The putt on 17 was a putt Ill never forget, Beljan said. Just to drop that putt and go the finals.
In the other semifinal, Reynolds, 17, won four consecutive holes ' the 13th through 16th -- to turn a 1-down deficit into a 3-and-2 win over co-medalist Tarik Can, 17, of Douglaston, N.Y.
To have a chance to be national champion is really cool, said Reynolds, who is the sports editor of his high school newspaper. It would mean a lot. Its something everyone thinks about. You want to win the U.S. Open, well, this is our U.S. Open.
Reynolds realized he needed to compete at a high level to defeat Can, one of only two players to negotiate the 7,008-yard, par-70 Highlands Course in under par during stroke play.
It was a great match, Reynolds said, who made four birdies in the semifinal win. And, it was the best match I played. I needed every bit of it because Tarik played well.
Beljan, similarly, was tested by Wainwright, who admitted he did not play to the level that allowed him to defeat Liaw and Wittenberg. Wainwright, in Beljans mind, was still dangerous, however.
He didnt hit the ball that well, Beljan said. But he had his short game. He can putt like nobody. On any putt under 30 feet, I was just praying he wasnt going to make it.
In the quarterfinals, Beljan withstood a 2-down deficit after 15 holes and defeated Brian Harman, 15, of Savannah, Ga., the youngest remaining participant, in 21 holes. Reynolds won holes 15 and 18, of a closely-contested match, to take a 2-up decision from Joe Panzeri, 15, of Boise, Idaho.
By reaching the final, Beljan and Reynolds are exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Amateur, August 19-25 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
The U.S. Junior Amateur, for golfers age 17 and younger, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Duluth, Ga. ' Results of Saturdays quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of match play at the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur played at the 7,008-yard, par-70 Atlanta Athletic Clubs Highlands Course:
Charlie Beljan, Mesa, Ariz. (150) def. Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. (145), 21 holes
Elliott Wainwright, Hillsborough, Calif. (143) def. Casey Wittenberg, Memphis, Tenn. (141), 3 and 2
Tarik Can, Douglaston, N.Y. (139) def. Chanin Puntawong, Bradenton, Fla. (146), 19 holes
Zac Reynolds, Edmond, Okla. (142) def. Joe Panzeri, Boise, Idaho (148), 2 up
Beljan def. Wainwright, 2 and 1
Reynolds def. Can, 3 and 2
Romo turns in even in PGA Tour debut
After stumbling out of the gates, Tony Romo has found his footing in his PGA Tour debut.
Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies from Nos. 4-8 while playing alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.
The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:
Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Romo, who plays to a plus-0.3 handicap, said earlier in the week that he expected some jitters once it came time to put a tee in the ground.
"You'll be nervous on Thursday on the first tee. Just going to be," Romo said. "I've got to get through the first three or four holes. If I can handle the nerves on the first three or four holes, I think that I'll settle in and hopefully just play the way I've been playing."
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Kim's missing clubs show up at sporting goods store
More than a month after they were lost on an American Airlines flight, the clubs I.K. Kim used to win last year's Ricoh Women's British Open turned up on the sale rack of a California sporting goods store.
Kim's clubs became lost in late January when she flew from Miami to San Diego, with the airline suggesting she simply rent a new set. A few weeks later, Kim shot a "What's in the bag" television segment which according to a Golfweek report caught the eye of three good samaritans in the San Diego area.
The three men recognized Kim's clubs for sale at a local Play It Again Sports, with the major winner's tools listed at $60 each. The store even had Kim's tour bag, complete with her LPGA player badge. Kim filmed the reunion with her bag - containing wedges and a few hybrids, minus the head covers - at the Carlsbad police station:
What’s in my bag now?! They were selling at Play it again ... only $60 each in San Diego. Jack, Jeff, Paul watched my video with @alisonwhitaker1 in Singapore and found my remaining clubs and brought it back to me @lpga_tour this week at Aviara!! Btw... Where is the head covers? They might sell separately?Never mind.
Kim was back in southern California this week for the Kia Classic, where she'll begin play Thursday morning at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.
WGC-Dell Match Play: Scoring, live stream, standings
New dad Garcia removes shoes, wins match
AUSTIN, Texas – In one of the day’s most explosive matches, Sergio Garcia rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to defeat Shubhankar Sharma, 1 up, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
The duo halved just nine holes on Day 1 at Austin Country Club, with Garcia going from 2 up through four holes to 1 down with five holes to play.
But the Spaniard rallied with five birdies over his final eight holes and pushed his record to 20-17-1 in the Match Play. He also gave himself his best chance to advance out of pool play since the format began in 2015.
The victory continued what has already been a memorable week for Garcia, whose wife, Angela, gave birth to the couple’s first child last Wednesday.
“I already feel like I’m a winner after what happened on Wednesday,” Garcia said. “Obviously, it's something that we're so, so happy and proud of and enjoying it as much as possible.”
The highlight of Garcia’s round on Wednesday came at the 12th hole when he took a drop on a cart path. After considering his options, he removed his shoes and hit his approach from 212 yards to 29 feet for a two-putt birdie to halve the hole.
“I have spikes. So if I don't take my shoes off, I'm going to slip. It's not the kind of shot that you want to slip,” Garcia said. “I had tried it a couple of times on practice swings and I was already slipping a little bit. So I thought I would just take my shoes off, try to get a little bit in front of the hole and it came out great.”