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Horsfield, Crocker on to U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinals
The Woodlands, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Sean Crocker outlasted Sahith Theegala in 20 holes, while Sam Horsfield defeated Zach Murray 1-up in Thursday's third round of match play to advance to the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship quarterfinals.
Crocker and Horsfield, who were co-medalists in the stroke-play portion of the championship, won their second and third-round matches on the Nicklaus Course at The Club at Carlton Woods on Thursday to advance along with six others.
Playing in his third straight U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, Horsfield advanced to the quarterfinals for the second year in a row after being ousted in the third round in 2012.
Crocker has already advanced farther than he did at this event last year, when he was bounced in the third round. Crocker jumped out to an early lead against Theegala, winning three of the first four holes to go 3-up.
The 17-year old gave two of those holes right back, however. Theegala went on to win the fifth and sixth holes, and he made birdie at No. 8 to square things up.
After making the turn, Crocker rattled off two straight wins at 10 and 11 despite tripping to a bogey at No. 10. Theegala went on to win No. 13 and the two halved the next four holes. Crocker was 1-up heading into the final hole.
Theegala drained a huge birdie to win No. 18 and stay alive. After they both parred the 19th hole, which was hole No. 1, Crocker parred the next one and Theegala tripped to a bogey, allowing Crocker to advance.
Horsfield trailed Murray multiple times through the first seven holes, but the deficit was never worse than one hole. Horsfield squared things up with a birdie at No. 8 and the two made the turn all square.
Horsfield went on to win the next three holes to take a comfortable 3-up lead, but Murray slowly chipped away. A birdie at No. 13 had Murray 2-down, and another birdie at 16 had him just 1-down.
Murray could not get the best of Horsfield on the final two holes, however, as they both halved 17 and 18.
Also advancing to the quarterfinals were William Zalatoris, Will Grimmer, Curtis Luck, Andreas Halvorsen, Davis Riley and Andy Zhang. Riley held the first-round stroke-play lead and finished the final round tied for third.
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