Fred Lee Eliminated Medalist Winner Travis Vick in Round of 16 at U.S. Junior Amateur

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(usga.org) OOLTEWAH, Tenn. – Fred Lee, 16, of Australia, posted a 2-and-1 victory over top seed and stroke-play medalist Travis Vick, 16, of Houston, Texas Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at the par-72, 7,326-yard The Honors Course.
Lee, who is competing in his first USGA championship and won this year’s Western Australia Championship, sank a 4-foot par putt on the par-5 17th to clinch the third-round victory. In the morning’s second round, he defeated Wocheng Ye, 15, of the People’s Republic of China, 3 and 2.
“It definitely proves that my game is solid,” said Lee, whose caddie this week is the son of the club professional. “It showed out there today. I didn’t miss many greens and I hit quite a few fairways.”
Lee, who also claimed last year’s Australian Boys’ Amateur, made a handy up-and-down for a winning par on No. 13 to take a 2-up lead. His approach missed the green to the right and he pitched from the rough to within 8 feet for what proved to be a deciding moment in the match.
“It was one of those days where you just get beat by the putter,” said Vick, who reached the U.S. Junior Amateur’s Round of 16 for the first time and established a course record with a 64 on the first day of stroke play. “Inside of 15 feet, he was very, very clutch.”
The U.S. Junior Amateur continues with the quarterfinals and semifinals on Friday. The championship concludes with a 36-hole final on Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. EDT.
Eugene Hong, the No. 2 seed, rallied in his second-round match to defeat Davis Shore, 17, of Knoxville, Tenn., in 23 holes. He had an easier win in the next round when he dominated Austin Coggin, 15, of Vestavia Hills, Ala., 5 and 4.
Hong, 16, of Sanford, Fla., came from 4 down through four holes against Shore before winning holes 15, 16 and 17 to take a 1-up lead. But Shore squared the match on the par-4 18th with a conceded 7-foot birdie putt. Hong recovered from a poor tee shot on the fifth extra hole by lining a 5-iron from the right rough to the front of the green. After Shore’s wayward approach led to a bogey, Hong made a 5½-foot par putt to win the longest match of the championship.
“After you beat someone that good, you gain a lot of confidence in your game,” said Hong, who was a U.S. Junior Amateur semifinalist last year. “I had to hit a lot of quality shots and make a lot of putts.”
Hong’s soaring confidence carried over into the Coggin match as he made three consecutive birdies from holes 2-4. He hit a wedge to within 13 feet to set up a birdie on the par-5 second, added a conceded 10-footer on the following hole and sank a 30-footer on No. 4.
Won Jun Lee, 17, of the Republic of Korea, also reached the quarterfinals. He registered a 4-and-3 triumph against Sam Jean, 16, of Greenwood, Ind., in the second round and followed with a 1-up decision against Cole Hammer, 16, of Houston, Texas.
Lee, the No. 4 seed, separated from Hammer by winning three consecutive holes on the outward nine. He drilled a 260-yard 3-wood onto the green on the par-5 11th to set up a two-putt birdie and then spun a 56-degree wedge to within 13 feet on the next hole for another birdie.
“I have played with some pros, and he was better,” said Hammer, who qualified for last year’s U.S. Open and also played in the 2015 U.S. Amateur. “They (pros) mishit shots sometimes and he literally missed one shot.”
Earlier in the day, Hammer pushed out to a 6-up lead with an eagle and birdie on consecutive holes en route to a 6-and-4 decision against Joey Moore, 16, of Billings, Mont. Hammer holed a 42-yard 58-degree wedge for an eagle on the par-5 11th and followed with a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 12.
Min Woo Lee, 17, of Australia, made a 6-foot birdie putt to edge Frankie Capan, 16, of North Oaks, Minn., in 19 holes. Lee, whose sister, Minjee, won the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior and plays on the LPGA Tour, saw a 3-up advantage evaporate in the closing holes. In his second-round match, Lee, the No. 3 seed, captured eight holes with three birdies and five pars for a 7-up margin at the turn and went on to defeat Chase Furey, 17, of Los Angeles, Calif., 6 and 5.
John Pak, 17, of Scotch Plains, N.J., is in the quarterfinal round for the second consecutive year. Pak defeated Brent Ito, 17, of Ardsley, N.Y., 3 and 2, in the third round and earlier knocked off Ryan Grauman, 16, of Alamo, Calif., 2 up.
Noah Goodwin, 16, of Corinth, Texas; Wei Wei Gao, 16, of the Philippines; and Brandon Gillis, 17, of Nashua, N.H.; each advanced to the quarterfinals. Goodwin, who made it to the Round of 16 in last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur and reached match play in the U.S. Amateur, defeated Nicholas Lyerly, 16, of Salisbury, N.C., by totaling seven birdies in a 3-and-2 victory.
Lyerly had advanced to the third round by upending Joaquin Niemann, 17, of Chile, who is No. 9 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking™, 4 and 3. Lyerly, who became the youngest player to win his state amateur this year, won three of the opening four holes with birdies to take control.
Before his loss in the third round, Vick defeated Teddy Zinsner, 17, of Alexandria, Va., 6 and 5, in the morning. He won six consecutive holes on the outward nine and jump-started that run by hitting an 8-iron to within 3 feet on the par-3 third. He capped the explosion by converting a 40-foot chip from just off the green on No. 8 for a 7-up cushion.
Quarterfinalists receive an exemption into next year’s U.S. Junior Amateur, July 17-22 at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan.
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.
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. — Results from Thursday’s second round of match play at the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, played at the 7,326-yard, par-72 The Honors Course.
Round of 32
(Upper Bracket)
Travis Vick, Houston, Texas (136) def. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, Va. (147), 6 and 5
Fred Lee, Australia (144) def. Wocheng (Aden) Ye, People’s Republic of China (144), 3 and 2
Nicholas Lyerly, Salisbury, N.C. (146) def. Joaquin Niemann, Chile (142), 4 and 3
Noah Goodwin, Corinth, Texas (142) def. Norman Xiong, Canyon Lake, Calif. (148), 4 and 3
Won Jun Lee, Republic of Korea (140) vs. Sam Jean, Greenwood, Ind. (148), 4 and 3
Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas (143) def. Joey Moore, Billings, Mont. (145), 6 and 4
Brent Ito, Ardsley, N.Y. (151) def. Joe Highsmith, Lakewood, Wash. (146), 3 and 2
John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J. (143) def. Ryan Grauman, Alamo, Calif. (145), 2 up
(Lower Bracket)
Eugene Hong, Sanford, Fla. (139) def. Davis Shore, Knoxville, Tenn. (147), 23 holes
Austin Coggin, Vestavia Hills, Ala. (149) def. Daniel Kim, San Jose, Calif. (149), 3 and 1
Wei Wei Gao, Philippines (141) def. Joseph Chun, Republic of Korea (146), 3 and 2
Austin Eckroat, Edmond, Okla. (145) def. Arjun Puri, India (150), 7 and 5
Min Woo Lee, Australia (139) def. Chase Furey, Los Angeles, Calif. (147), 6 and 5
Frankie Capan, North Oaks, Minn. (149) def. Paul Chaplet, Costa Rica (145), 1 up
Brandon Gillis, Nashua, N.H. (148) def. Kyle Robinson, Fayetteville, Ark. (151), 5 and 3
Ashkaan Hakim, San Ramon, Calif. (145) def. Shuai Ming (Ben) Wong, People’s Republic of China (150), 1 up
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. – Results from Thursday’s third round of match play at the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, played at the 7,326-yard, par-72 The Honors Course.
Round of 16
(Upper Bracket)
Fred Lee, Australia (144) def. Travis Vick, Houston, Texas (136), 2 and 1
Noah Goodwin, Corinth, Texas (142) def. Nicholas Lyerly, Salisbury, N.C. (146), 3 and 2
Won Jun Lee, Republic of Korea (140) def. Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas (143), 1 up
John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J. (143) def. Brent Ito, Ardsley, N.Y. (151), 3 and 2
(Lower Bracket)
Eugene Hong, Sanford, Fla. (139) def. Austin Coggin, Vestavia Hills, Ala. (149), 5 and 4
Wei Wei Gao, Philippines (141) def. Austin Eckroat, Edmond, Okla. (145), 4 and 3
Min Woo Lee, Australia (139) def. Frankie Capan, North Oaks, Minn. (149), 19 holes
Brandon Gillis, Nashua, N.H. (148) def. Ashkaan Hakim, San Ramon, Calif. (145), 3 and 2
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. — Friday’s pairings and starting times for the quarterfinal round of match play at the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, played at the 7,326-yard, par-72 The Honors Course.
All Times EDT
Quarterfinal Round
(Upper Bracket)
7:45 a.m. – Fred Lee, Australia (144) vs. Noah Goodwin, Corinth, Texas (142)
7:55 a.m. – Won Jun Lee, Republic of Korea (140) vs. John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J. (143)
(Lower Bracket)
8:05 a.m. – Eugene Hong, Sanford, Fla. (139) vs. Wei Wei Gao, Philippines (141)
8:15 a.m. – Min Woo Lee, Australia (139) vs. Brandon Gillis, Nashua, N.H. (148)
*Quarterfinal winners advance to the semifinal round of match play on Friday, beginning at 1:15 p.m.

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