Wednesday’s playoff, round of 64 Scores
Thursday’s round of 32 matchups
(Round of 32 winners advance to the round of 16, starting at 1:15 p.m. EDT)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - After an early morning eight-player playoff to decide the final three spots of match play later in the afternoon, top-seed Kelly Chinn of Great Falls, Va., led the way for the top nine seeds to advance after the first round of match play at the 71st U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on a gorgeous day on Baltusrol Golf Club’s Upper Course in Springfield Wednesday.
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Chinn defeated 64th-seed Trent Geritz of Towson, Md., who secured one of the remaining three match-play spots earlier in the morning in the playoff, 2 and 1 to advance to the round of 32 Thursday.
Chinn birded the 2nd and 9th holes, both par 4s to take a 2up advantage on the back nine. Geritz fought back with a birdie on the par 4, 371-yard 13th hole to cut Chinn’s lead to one, but Chinn responded with a birdie two holes later on the par 3, 166-yard 15th hole to retake a 2up margin and secure the win.
“I'm playing well, have a lot of confidence,” said Chinn. “I’m going to have to hit a lot better shots. I'm just going to sharpen my game and keep moving forward.”
First Autograph: As 39th-seeded Nate Stember of Portland, Ore. was looking at the big scoreboard just below the 18th green after an intense 20-hole victory over 26th-seeded Matthew Monastero of Leesburg, Virginia, a young boy came up to him and asked him for an autograph.
Stember, who was stunned and elated all at the same time, responded “You want my autograph? This would be my first-ever. Of course, what would you like me to sign?”
It was one of those brief moments in life that you cherish and I’m sure the first of many future signatures to come for Stember.
Baltusrol Bits: Chinn was one of three 15-year-olds to advance to the Round of 32. He is joined by 34th-seeded Ben James, of Milford, Conn., and 17th-seeded Jolo Timothy Magcalayo, of the Philippines. James is the youngest player remaining in the field. … All three USGA champions in the field advanced to the Round of 32. In addition to 8th-seeded Cole Hammer of Houston, his 2018 Four-Ball partner, 50th-seeded Garrett Barber of Stuart, Fla., advanced with a 1-up victory over 15th-seeded Jack Rahon, and 16th-seeded Shuai Ming (Ben) Wong of Hong Kong, China defeated 49th-seeded Jake Beber-Franker of Miami, 1 up. … 42nd-seeded Ryan Smith, of Carlsbad, Calif., who defeated 23rd-seeded Canon Claycomb of Bowling Green, Ky., 1 up, will enter Thursday as the only 2017 quarterfinalist remaining in the field. 41st-seeded Rayhan Thomas of India, who reached the semifinals last year, fell to 24th-seeded William Mouw of Chino, Calif., 6 and 5 on Wednesday. … 13 of the first 14 seeds advanced to Thursday’s 32.
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Thursday’s Weather (provided by weather.com): Clear skies. Low around 60F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Humidity: 54%. UV Index: 0 of 10. Sunrise: 5:41 a.m., Sunset: 8:24 p.m. EDT.