Hilton Head Island’s Orischak Close to Match Play at U.S. Junior Am

(Bluffton) – Hilton Head Island’s Andrew Orischak battled a couple of weather-related delays to sit at 1-under-par with four holes to go at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton.  Dangerous conditions cleared the course early in the afternoon Tuesday while the course was full in the second round of stroke play.  After returning to the course for approximately 20 minutes the horn sounded again.

CLICK ON THE VIDEO LINK TO SEE ORISCHAK IN ACTION.

Several golfers were unable to finish play when the horn sounded again as darkness settled in.  They’ll finish up stroke play Wednesday morning with the top 64 golfers advancing to match play.

 

RELEASE FROM THE USGA:

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Brendan O’Reilly, 16, of Hinsdale, Ill., carded a 3-under-par 69 Tuesday for a 36-hole score of 140 to take the early lead on the second day of stroke play at the weather-delayed 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at the par-72, 7,336-yard Colleton River Plantation Club’s Dye Course.

Play was suspended at 8:27 p.m. EDT due to darkness with half of the 156-player field still on the course, including first-round leaders Victor Hovland, 17, of Norway, and Won Jun Lee, 17, of the Republic of Korea.

The championship was delayed twice in the afternoon due to rain and lightning for a total of 4 hours, 51 minutes. The second round of stroke play is scheduled to resume on Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m., with the first round of match play to follow.

The U.S. Junior Amateur 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 25, starting at 7 a.m. EDT.

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.

O’Reilly, who is playing in his first USGA championship, birdied four of his first 10 holes. He struck a wedge to within 12 feet on the par-5 second and then sank an 8-foot putt on the following hole for another birdie. He made putts of 14 and 30 feet, respectively on holes 9 and 10 to get to 5 under overall before he made his lone bogey of the day on the par-5 11th.

“Today, I was a little more aggressive,” said O’Reilly, who won the 2013 Illinois State Boys’ Junior and finished third at this year’s Class 3A state championship. “I had a better strategy for the course and a better game plan. I executed on a couple of more putts.”

Reese Ramsey, 16, of Austin, Texas, was one stroke behind O’Reilly at 3-under 141 after shooting 70 in oppressive conditions in which temperatures soared into the high 90s and the heat index reached 110. He birdied three consecutive holes on the inward nine to erase a double bogey on No. 11.

Sahith Theegala, 17, of Chino Hills, Calif., and Brody Blackmon, 17, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, also reached 5 under for the championship before falling back to 2-under 142. Theegala birdied the first hole, his 10th of the day, before making three bogeys for a second-round 72.

“I am not too disappointed,” said Theegala, who advanced to the Round of 16 in 2014 and the Round of 32 the previous year. “I could have shot 50 on that front nine (his inward nine). I made a lot of putts. I scraped it around.”

Blackmon, the grandson of 1969 U.S. Open champion Orville Moody, birdied two of the first four holes. However, he lost momentum when he missed a 4-foot par putt on the ninth and finished with bogeys on Nos. 16 and 18 for a second-round 73.

“I got off to a hot start,” Blackmon said. “After that, it was a grind. I started missing fairways. Some of the birdie holes, let’s just say I turned into par holes.”

Andy Zhang, who is competing in his fourth U.S. Junior Amateur and was a quarterfinalist last year, used a hot putter to regroup from a tough start and shoot a 2-under 70 for a two-round score of 142.  Following a string of three straight bogeys, he reeled off four consecutive birdies to close out the outward nine. He hit an 8-iron to within 9 feet on the par-3 sixth and holed a 16-foot putt on No. 9. He added birdie putts of 25 and 30 feet, respectively, on holes 15 and 16.

“Once I got on a roll, I just kept making putts,” said Zhang, who saved his round on No. 18 when he nearly pulled his tee shot into the water hazard but recovered to make a 5-foot par putt. “If you put it in the right position it is very scoreable.”

When stroke play is completed on Wednesday, the field will be reduced to the low 64 scorers for match play. Theegala, who is playing in his third Junior Amateur, knows the competition will be much different for those in the bracket.

“You cannot force it,” he said. “You might want to make birdies, but if you hit the middle of the fairway, center of the green and make par it’s going to put pressure on your opponent.”

BLUFFTON, S.C. — Results from Tuesday’s second round of stroke play at the weather-delayed 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, played at the 7,366-yard, par-72 Colleton River Plantation Club (Pete Dye Course).

(Play was suspended due to darkness at 8:27 p.m. EDT with 78 players still on course)

Brendan O’Reilly, Hinsdale, Ill. – 71-69–140

Reese Ramsey, Austin, Texas – 71-70–141

Wells Padgett, Wichita, Kan. – 72-70–142

Sahith Theegala, Chino Hills, Calif. – 70-72–142

Brody Blackmon, Sulphur Springs, Texas – 69-73–142

Andy Zhang, Ppls Repl. of China – 72-70–142

Joshua Sedeno, Roseville, Calif. – 72-71–143

John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J. – 74-69–143

Bryan Baumgarten, Granite Bay, Calif. – 72-72–144

Eugene Hong, Sanford, Fla. – 72-73–145

Cooper Sears, Old Hickory, Tenn. – 71-74–145

Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La. – 71-74–145

Wilson Furr, Jackson, Miss. – 73-72–145

Matthew Ruel, Oldsmar, Fla. – 75-70–145

Noah Gillard, Greenwood, Ind. – 73-73–146

Spencer Ralston, Gainesville, Ga. – 74-72–146

Ivan Camilo Ramirez, Colombia – 73-73–146

Parker Coody, Plano, Texas – 73-73–146

Kaiwen Liu, Ppls Repl. of China – 78-69–147

Eric Bae, Pinehurst, N.C. – 73-75–148

Logan Lowe, Grass Valley, Calif. – 74-74–148

Cheng Jin, Ppls Repl. of China – 74-74–148

Ahmed Ali, Palo Alto, Calif. – 74-74–148

Jake Chanen, Phoenix, Ariz. – 73-76–149

Tyler Strafaci, Davie, Fla. – 74-75–149

Thomas ‘Jack’ Simpson, Canada – 74-75–149

Michael Sanders, Davidson, N.C. – 75-74–149

Matthew Wolff, Agoura Hills, Calif. – 74-75–149

Connor O’Brien, Rowayton, Conn. – 75-75–150

Will Chandler, Atlanta, Ga. – 74-76–150

Trent Phillips, Inman, S.C. – 78-72–150

Ben Sigel, Deephaven, Minn. – 74-77–151

Michael Feagles, Scottsdale, Ariz. – 77-74–151

Dan Erickson, Whittier, Calif. – 76-75–151

Hunter Wolcott, Burns, Tenn. – 77-74–151

Matt Liston, Louisville, Ky. – 76-75–151

Marco Hugo Steyn, South Africa – 77-74–151

Cooper Dossey, Austin, Texas – 76-76–152

Chun An Yu, Chinese Taipei – 75-77–152

Michael Saccente, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. – 81-71–152

Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, Md. – 77-75–152

Justin LaFrance, Milford, Mich. – 79-73–152

Chris Nido, Palmetto Bay, Fla. – 77-75–152

Ethan Ng, New York, N.Y. – 76-77–153

Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla. – 75-79–154

Christian Baliker, Simpsonville, S.C. – 76-78–154

Marcos Montenegro, Argentina – 80-74–154

Thomas Longbella, Chippewa Falls, Wis. – 80-74–154

  1. J. Gresco, Scottsdale, Ariz. – 79-75–154

Parker Sexton, Germantown, Tenn. – 77-77–154

Christopher Gotterup, Little Silver, N.J. – 79-76–155

Jacob Bergeron, Slidell, La. – 78-77–155

Cullen Plousha, Carlsbad, Calif. – 75-81–156

Isaiah Choi, San Ramon, Calif. – 83-73–156

Jack Parrott, Columbia, S.C. – 77-79–156

Jack Trent, Australia – 76-80–156

Brandon Gillis, Nashua, N.H. – 76-81–157

Easton Paxton, Riverton, Wyo. – 79-78–157

John Felitto, Mountainside, N.J. – 77-80–157

Lane Wallace, Yukon, Okla. – 79-78–157

Drew Bernard, Charlotte, N.C. – 80-78–158

Jack Melville, Maple Glen, Pa. – 78-80–158

Pete Kuhl, Morton, Ill. – 78-81–159

Austin Vukovits, Fishers, Ind. – 81-79–160

Billy Basham, Louisville, Ky. – 79-81–160

Anthony Bolden, Mokena, Ill. – 82-78–160

Bryce Hammer, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 75-85–160

Carlo Villaroman, Philippines – 80-80–160

Ari Gulugian, Irvine, Calif. – 80-80–160

Walter Brinker, Sanford, N.C. – 83-78–161

Bennett Buch, Sykesville, Md. – 82-80–162

Ashkaan Hakim, San Ramon, Calif. – 81-82–163

David Baker, Auburn, Ala. – 80-83–163

Jaxon Lynn, Canada – 79-86–165

Subin Lee, Englewood, Colo. – 78-88–166

Aaron Ramos, Goodyear, Ariz. – 81-86–167

George Markham, Phoenix, Ariz. – 84-84–168

Allen Smith, Durham, N.C. – 86-86–172

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s