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Riley, Zalatoris advance to U.S. Junior Amateur final
The Woodlands, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Davis Riley outlasted Sam Horsfield in 21 holes, while William Zalatoris defeated Curtis Luck on the final hole to move on to Saturday's U.S. Junior Amateur Championship 36-hole match play final.
Riley, who beat Andy Zhang 2-up in the quarterfinal round earlier on Friday, managed to make par, while Horsfield tripped to a bogey on the third hole on the Nicklaus Course at The Club at Carlton Woods.
After defeating stroke-play co-medalist Sean Crocker 3 & 2 in the quarterfinals, Zalatoris made birdie on the last hole of his semifinal match against Luck to advance to Saturday's final.
Before capturing the 21st hole of his semifinal match, Riley had led for just one hole against Horsfield, who was ousted in the quarterfinals at this event last year.
Horsfield, the other stroke-play co-medalist, was 2-up entering the 13th hole, but Riley got within 1-down with a birdie at the par-5. Riley, who finished tied for third in stroke play, evened things up at the par-4 16th with a birdie.
The two managed to halve the next four holes before Riley captured the victory on the 21st hole.
Zalatoris never trailed in his match with Luck. Zalatoris won two of the first three holes to take a 2-up lead, but Luck got things back to all-square with wins at four and seven. Zalatoris bounced back quickly with a win at No. 8 and he moved to 3-up with wins at 11 and 12.
Then Luck went to work, capturing three straight holes from No. 14 to square the match once again. It stayed that way for one hole before Zalatoris came through with a clutch birdie at the last to punch his ticket to the final.
Zalatoris is playing in his fifth U.S. Junior Amateur, while Riley is participating in his third. This is the second straight year Riley will be playing in the match play final. He lost to Scottie Scheffler in the 36-hole match play final in 2013.
07/25 18:58:13 ET
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