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Jim Liu earns medalist honors at U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

USGA report
Special to the Bonanza

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Jim Liu shot a 5-under-par 67 on Tuesday to earn medalist honors for the second consecutive year in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Martis Camp Club. Liu, who carded a 69 in the first round, finished at 8-under 136.

The 17-year-old Liu, who shared medalist honors with two other players at last year's U.S. Junior Amateur, became the third player in the championship's history to twice earn the stroke-play medal, joining Willie Wood and Tiger Woods. The incoming Stanford University freshman fashioned a bogey-free second round, one stroke off the course record.                                   

The U.S. Junior Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play, with the championship scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Saturday, July 27, starting at 7 a.m.

The U.S. Junior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Liu, the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur champion and the runner-up last year, started on the par-5 10th hole where he had to work hard for a three-putt par. But it was smooth sailing starting on the next hole when he struck a 5-iron to 8 feet for the first of five birdies. Liu made consecutive birdies on Nos. 1 and 2, the second when he hit a wedge to 2 feet. He added a two-putt birdie from 20 feet at the par-5 fourth.

"To be medalist is a good honor," said Liu, who is participating in his fifth Junior Amateur championship. "It's something to be happy about. You take these two rounds, know that you're playing well, and go forward."

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Cameron Young, 16, of Scarborough, N.Y., was two strokes behind Liu with a two-round total of 138. Young, who added a two-under 70 to his first-round 68, made an eagle on the par-5 10th when he sank an 80-foot putt that broke left to right over a ridge. He made up for a hooked 3-wood at the par-4 16th with a 20-foot putt for birdie and ended the round with a 7-foot par putt on No. 18.

"I played really well yesterday but not quite as strong today," said Young, who added that he is comfortable with the course and has a good feel for his distance at the 6,000-foot altitude. "I will be more aggressive tomorrow, take on more bunkers off the tee, and go at a lot more flagsticks."

Scottie Scheffler, 17, of Dallas, who owned a piece of the first-round lead with a 67, was three strokes behind Liu with a 36-hole score of 139. He regrouped from a 2-over 38 on the outward nine with birdies on three of his last five holes. Corey Eddings, 17, of Roseville, who also shared the first-day lead, carded a 2-over 74 in the second round. He was among three players at 3-under 141 overall.

Davis Riley, 16, of Hattiesburg, Miss., shot a 3-under-par 69, and Zachary Bauchou, 17, of Forest, Va., carded his second consecutive 70, as both players completed stroke play at 4-under 140, tied for fourth place. Bauchou, who advanced to the Round of 16 at last year's Junior Amateur, had six birdies and four bogeys. He capped his round by hitting a 178-yard 8-iron to 15 feet at No. 18 for his third birdie on the inward nine.

"I had two up-and-down rounds," said Bauchou, who played in U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Rockville, Md., last month. "I made a lot of birdies and a lot of putts. Everything resets [in match play]. When I get to the tee my two 70s are gone. I just have to beat the other guy."

Riley shot an even-par 36 on the outward nine, but jump-started his second round with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10 and 11. He made a 12-foot putt at the par-5 10th, before striking an 8-iron to 2 feet at the par-4 11th. Riley, who reached the Round of 32 at last year's Junior Amateur, later eagled the 569-yard, par-5 15th. He chased a 4-iron 240 yards to within 8 feet. A bogey at No. 16 left him 4-under overall for the championship.

"I am hitting the ball really well," said Riley, who started his first round on Monday with an eagle on the par-5 10th. "I feel like if I keep doing what I am doing I will go really far. In match play you are not really worried about the whole field like stroke play."

Sam Horsfield, 16, of England, and Jorge Antonio Garcia, 17, of Venezuela, joined Eddings in a tie for sixth place with two-round scores of 141. Horsfield added a 1-under-par 71 to his first-round 70. Horsfield, who advanced to match play at the 2012 Junior Amateur and reached the Round of 16 at last week's U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, started on the 10th hole. He eagled the par-5 15th by hitting a 5-wood 263 yards to 2 feet.

"It was a good experience to get to the round of 16 at the [Amateur] Public Links last week," said Horsfield, who won the Florida State Amateur in June and has claimed two consecutive City of Orlando Amateurs. "You are playing against one person; it's one-on-one."

Wilson Furr, 15, of Jackson, Miss., shot 1-under-par 71 for the second consecutive day and was among three players with a 36-hole total of 142. Furr, the youngest player in the field to break par on the first day of stroke play, started on the 10th hole and made the turn at 3-under 33. He finished with bogeys on two of his last three holes.

"I made my goal and it's a great feeling," said Furr, who played in this year's U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Memphis, Tenn. "To make match play is a real good accomplishment. [U.S. Open sectional qualifying] really helped me prepare. It was the most nerve-racking thing I've done and I learned from the experience."

Sean Crocker, 16, of Zimbabwe, and Maverick McNealy, 17, of Portola Valley, Calif., rebounded in the second round's morning wave after digging themselves a hole with first-round scores in the high 70s. Both were able to move on to match play.

Crocker, who was the low amateur at the Zimbabwe Open in April and played in last month's U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Newport Beach, Calif., began with a 5-over-par 77 in the opening round of stroke play. But Crocker, who started on the 10th hole on Tuesday, made four consecutive birdies on his second nine to card a 3-under 69.

McNealy, a quarterfinalist at last year's U.S. Junior Amateur, struggled to a 6-over 78 in the first round with a pair of double bogeys. But he regrouped with a second-round 69, highlighted by an eagle at the drivable 323-yard, par-4 16th.

Zecheng Dou, 16, of the People's Republic of China, made a 10-stroke improvement from the first day by shooting a 2-under 70. He advanced to the quarterfinals at last week's U.S. Amateur Public Links.

Twelve players who tied for 57th place at 7-over 151 will play off for the final eight match-play berths. The playoff was halted due to darkness after one hole and will resume Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.

The low 64 scorers will compete in six rounds of match play starting Wednesday. The quarterfinals and semifinals are slated for Friday. The championship is scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Saturday starting at 7 a.m.

Tuesday results

Second round of stroke play qualifying

Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y. – 69-67–136

Cameron Young, Scarborough, N.Y. – 68-70–138

Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas – 67-72–139

Zachary Bauchou, Forest, Va. – 70-70–140

Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss. – 71-69–140

Jorge Antonio Garcia, Venezuela – 69-72–141

Corey Eddings, Roseville, Calif. – 67-74–141

Sam Horsfield, England – 70-71–141

Aaron Terrazas, Bluffton, S.C. – 69-73–142

Adam Wood, Zionsville, Ind. – 70-72–142

Wilson Furr, Jackson, Miss. – 71-71–142

William Register, Burlington, N.C. – 75-68–143

Tyler Moore, Escondido, Calif. – 71-72–143

Jack Comstock, Jacksonville, Fla. – 69-75–144

George Cunningham, Tucson, Ariz. – 69-75–144

Alvaro Ortiz, Mexico – 70-74–144

Lucas Herbert, Australia – 74-70–144

Cheng Jin, People’s Republic of China – 74-71–145

Benjamin Griffin, Chapel Hill, N.C. – 74-71–145

Ryan Ruffels, Australia – 76-69–145

Daniel Connolly, San Francisco, Calif. – 72-73–145

P. J. Samiere, Kailua, Hawaii – 74-72–146

William Gordon, Davidson, N.C. – 74-72–146

Sean Crocker, Zimbabwe – 77-69–146

Nick Hardy, Northbrook, Ill. – 74-72–146

Thaddeus Obecny II, Wheeling, W.Va. – 74-72–146

Joshua Seiple, Castle Rock, Colo. – 76-70–146

Brian Mogg, Sammamish, Wash. – 75-71–146

Patrick Murphy, Canada – 77-70–147

Cole Berman, Rosemont, Pa. – 73-74–147

Jeremy Wall, Brielle, N.J. – 71-76–147

Matthew Perrine, Austin, Texas – 74-73–147

John Augenstein, Owensboro, Ky. – 72-75–147

Tyson Reeder, Edmond, Okla. – 76-71–147

Maverick McNealy, Portola Valley, Calif. – 78-69–147

Sahith Theegala, Chino Hills, Calif. – 76-71–147

Luis Gagne, Costa Rica – 78-69–147

Nick Heinen, Edmond, Okla. – 76-72–148

Jooho Lee, Canada – 75-73–148

Will Grimmer, Cincinnati, Ohio – 74-74–148

Austin Connelly, Irving, Texas – 74-74–148

Jake Shuman, Needham, Mass. – 76-72–148

Sam Meuret, Brunswick, Neb. – 74-74–148

Jacob Joiner, Albany, Ga. – 74-74–148

Theo Humphrey, Greenwich, Conn. – 79-70–149

Justin Suh, San Jose, Calif. – 77-72–149

Jeffrey Swegle, West Des Moines, Iowa – 74-75–149

Brian Carlson, Madison, Conn. – 78-71–149

Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla. – 72-77–149

Mitchell Schow, Ogden, Utah – 73-76–149

Corey Shaun, Encinitas, Calif. – 77-72–149

Zecheng Dou, People’s Republic of China – 80-70–150

Trevor Phillips, Inman, S.C. – 73-77–150

Keenan Huskey, Greenville, S.C. – 74-76–150

Doug Ghim, Arlington Heights, Ill. – 77-73–150

Wes Artac, Kingwood, Texas – 74-76–150

*Chase Johnson, Barberton, Ohio – 75-76–151

*Jae Hoon Kim, Republic of Korea – 74-77–151

*Coleman Self, Greenwood, S.C. – 72-79–151

*Spencer Painton, Aurora, Colo. – 80-71–151

*Matt Echelmeier, Columbia, Mo. – 76-75–151

*Matthew Lowe, Farmingdale, N.Y. – 74-77–151

*Dean Sakata, Diamond Bar, Calif. – 74-77–151

*Will Bernstein, New York, N.Y. – 78-73–151

*Ben Doyle, La Jolla, Calif. – 73-78–151

*Will Minton, Raleigh, N.C. – 74-77–151

*Victor Ponte, Camarillo, Calif. – 77-74–151

*Andy Zhang, People’s Republic of China – 79-72—151

(Failed to Qualify)

Pablo Torres, Colombia – 73-79–152

Blake Fiest, Huntersville, N.C. – 74-78–152

Max Donohue, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 81-71–152

Cole Dillon, Manhattan, Kan. – 76-76–152

Derek Castillo, Yorba Linda, Calif. – 73-79–152

Vasili Kartos, Birmingham, Ala. – 76-76–152

Bryce Evon, Canada – 74-78–152

Dan Woodbury, Upton, Mass. – 76-76–152

Jake Kelley, Littleton, Colo. – 77-75–152

Zander Lozano, Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas – 76-76–152

Aaron Guanlao, Haslet, Texas – 76-76–152

Davis Richards, China Grove, N.C. – 75-77–152

Yu-Chuan Hsiang, Rowland Heights, Calif. – 78-74–152

Aaron Wise, Lake Elsinore, Calif. – 81-71–152

Amay Poria, Morgan Hill, Calif. – 76-76–152

J. D. Hughes, Carlisle, Pa. – 76-76–152

Cameron McRae, Little Rock, Ark. – 77-76–153

Ryan Fowler, Warren, Ohio – 75-78–153

Michael Pisciotta, Alpharetta, Ga. – 74-79–153

D. J. Vogt, Louisville, Ky. – 77-76–153

Kyle Hart, Midlothian, Va. – 77-76–153

Jackson Shoenfelt, Boynton Beach, Fla. – 77-76–153

Spencer Ralston, Gainesville, Ga. – 74-79–153

Sam Burns, Shreveport, La. – 76-77–153

Cole Madey, West Linn, Ore. – 80-73–153

William Pollock, Eugene, Ore. – 75-79–154

Tiger Lee, Hong Kong China – 76-78–154

Sean Carlon, Albuquerque, N.M. – 78-76–154

Kristian Caparros, Hollywood, Fla. – 76-78–154

Sawyer Shaw, West Palm Beach, Fla. – 80-74–154

Gustavo Morantes, Venezuela – 81-73–154

Bradley Knox, Menlo Park, Calif. – 77-77–154

Jonathan Keppler, Marietta, Ga. – 77-77–154

Riley Johnson, Fargo, N.D. – 81-73–154

Edwin Yi, Beaumont, Calif. – 82-73–155

Patrick Flavin, Highwood, Ill. – 77-78–155

Paul Stankey, Eden Prairie, Minn. – 75-80–155

Blake Abercrombie, Rocklin, Calif. – 77-78–155

Caleb Proveaux, Lexington, S.C. – 78-77–155

Jalen Griffin, Ambler, Pa. – 79-76–155

Kyler Tate, Winter Garden, Fla. – 79-77–156

Marc Casullo, Canada – 78-78–156

Shuai Ming Wong, People’s Republic of China – 76-80–156

Matt Holuta, Indiana, Pa. – 82-74–156

Michael Cotton, Katy, Texas – 82-74–156

Brian Ohr, Northbrook, Ill. – 78-79–157

Jack Gianniny, Rochester, N.Y. – 80-77–157

Harrison Frye, Gastonia, N.C. – 79-78–157

Chris Navarro, Davidsonville, Md. – 80-77–157

Michael Davis, Newtown Square, Pa. – 77-80–157

Joshua Gliege, Eagle, Idaho – 83-74–157

James Beckner, Kingsport, Tenn. – 81-77–158

Paul Lei, Middleton, Mass. – 77-81–158

Ben Schlottman, Advance, N.C. – 83-75–158

Kai Ruiz, Mapleton, Utah – 81-77–158

Bradley Keyer, Henderson, Nev. – 79-79–158

Tyler Collier, Chico, Calif. – 84-74–158

Carey Bina, Villanova, Pa. – 82-77–159

Daniel Hudson, Western Springs, Ill. – 78-81–159

Easton Paxton, Riverton, Wyo. – 80-79–159

Johnny Hyun, Irvine, Calif. – 77-82–159

Aaron Wirt, Des Moines, Iowa – 81-78–159

Preston Fleenor, Mission Hills, Kan. – 81-78–159

Patrick Welch, Providence, R.I. – 82-77–159

John Souza, Phoenix, Ariz. – 82-77–159

Graysen Huff, Eagle, Idaho – 80-79–159

Johnny Jones, Flower Mound, Texas – 80-80–160

Jacob Lehman, Canada – 85-75–160

Greg Gonzalez, Riverside, Calif. – 77-83–160

Ben Huizinga, Orlando, Fla. – 79-81–160

Levi Valadez, San Antonio, Texas – 82-79–161

Caleb Ramirez, Blythe, Calif. – 79-83–162

Ivan Camilo Ramirez, Colombia – 85-77–162

Camilo Mexsen, Mexico – 81-81–162

Ben Fuller, Birmingham, Ala. – 79-84–163

Tennoshin Ogawa, Japan – 80-83–163

Samuel Sicard, Woodbury, Minn. – 85-78–163

Cody Riecks, Auburn, Calif. – 79-85–164

Carter Mobley, Waynesboro, Ga. – 82-82–164

Adam Button, Brentwood, Tenn. – 87-78–165

Tobin Niblett, Austin, Texas – 84-82–166

Jack Fitzgerald, Wilmington, N.C. – 82-84–166

Kaylor Steger, Sturtevant, Wis. – 78-89–167

Alex Blue, Cocoa Beach, Fla. – 87-81–168

Jon Pick, Canada – 82-86–168

Nicholas Mitter, Brighton, Mich. – 90-78–168

Daniel Ault, Lansing, Mich. – 85-84–169

Jacob Henny, Norwalk, Conn. – 87-86–173

*Involved in 12-for-8 playoff for final match-play spots