SPRINGFIELD, NJ - As provided by the United States Golf Association, meet the finalists for Saturday’s 36-hole matchup at the 71st annual USGA U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol Golf Course’s Upper Course in Springfield. 1st 18 holes begin at 7 a.m. EDT:
Akshay Bhatia, 16, of Wake Forest, N.C.
· Born Jan. 31, 2002 in Los Angeles, Calif.
· No. 95 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
· Earned No. 12 seed with rounds of 66-72 in stroke play
· Reached the Round of 64 in the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur
· Advanced to match play with partner Grayson Wotnosky in 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
· Won 2018 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley by one stroke over 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball co-champion Frankie Capan
· Captured 2018 Polo Golf Junior Classic at Echo Lake CC, in Westfield, N.J., by 10 strokes
· Won 2017 Boys Junior PGA with a record 22-under par, which included a second-round 61
· His sister Rhea is a rising senior on the Queens University of Charlotte golf team
Michael Thorbjornsen, 16, of Wellesley, Mass.
· Born Sept. 16, 2001 in Cleveland, Ohio
· No. 211 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
· Earned No. 7 seed with rounds of 70-67 in stroke play
· Competing in his first USGA championship
· Seventh in Wyndham Invitational, including 67-66 finish, and tied for seventh in the AJGA Simplify Boys Championship
· Posted six top-10 finishes last year, including runner-up in AJGA Junior at Blue Hill and a tie for fifth in Rolex Tournament of Champions where he shot a 64, his lowest competitive round
· Member of the 2018 AJGA Wyndham Cup East Team
· Won 2016 Drive, Chip & Putt National Final (ages 14-15) at Augusta National Golf Club
· 2012 and 2013 U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year