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Horsfield, Crocker advance at U.S. Junior Amateur
The Woodlands, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Stroke play co-medalists Sam Horsfield and Sean Crocker both moved on to the second round of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship as they won their opening matches on Wednesday.
Horsfield rolled to a 5 & 4 win over David Laskin. Horsfield won the first two holes on the Nicklaus Course at The Club at Carlton Woods with pars. Laskin birdied the fifth to get within 1-down.
However, Horsfield won three of four holes from the seventh, two with birdies, to push his lead to 4-up. After a pair of pars, Laskin bogeyed the 13th to fall 5-down and when they halved the 14th with pars, Horsfield was the winner.
Crocker rallied from a late 2-down deficit to beat Dylan McCabe, 1-up. The pair split six of the first seven holes with Crocker going 1-up three times, then McCabe answering to square the match.
Crocker took the eighth and ninth to go 2-up, but McCabe won four holes in a row from the 11th to move 2-up. Crocker won the 16th with a bogey, then was conceded the 17th to square things up. A par at the 18th was all Crocker needed to move on.
Both Laskin and McCabe made it through a 9-for-5 playoff to get into the match play portion. Justin Conant, Josh McCarthy and Priyanshu Singh were the other three that moved on in the playoff.
Conant lost 3 & 2 to Will Grimmer, while McCarthy ousted Dominic Foos, 2 & 1, and Singh dropped a 4 & 2 decision to Davis Riley.
Joshua Sedeno and Doc Redman both moved on with 1-up wins in 20-holes. They were the only two that needed more than 18 holes to move on.
William Zalatoris and Braden Thornberry cruised to big 6 & 5 wins, while David Snyder earned an easy 6 & 4 victory.
The match play portion of the championship continues on Thursday and runs through the 36-hole final on Saturday.
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