July 1, 2013
PALO ALTO – Menlo Park’s Bradley Knox took advantage of his course knowledge at Stanford GC to earn medalist honors in U.S. Boys’ Junior Amateur Qualifying on Monday. Knox, who opened with an even-par 70 to put him in a tie for fourth place after the morning round, followed it in the afternoon with a three-under-par 67 for a 137 36-hole total.
Also qualifying and tied for second place at 139 one-under-par were Ben Doyle of La Jolla and Tyler Collier of Chico. Doyle began his day the same as Knox with an even-par 70 in the morning and then bettered his play in the afternoon with a one-under-par 69. Collier had even more ground to make up, opening with a one-over-par 71 and closing with a two-under-par 68.
The final player to qualify was Justin Suh of Dublin, who had to beat out Sunny Yan and Logan Lowe in a sudden-death playoff to earn his spot. Suh earned his spot after making a par on the first playoff hole, the par-4 10th. Yan then earned the first alternate spot after making pars on the par-4 11th and par-4 10th, slotting Lowe as second alternate.
All three players finished 36 holes with a score of even-par 140. Suh’s 140 almost didn’t happen after he struggled to a 74 in the morning, the Dublin resident fought back though to fire a four-under-par 66 in the afternoon and qualify for the playoff. A reversal of fortune was the case for Yan and Lowe, who were each in prime position after the morning round, only to slide back in the afternoon, which carried into the playoff. Yan of Monterey found himself alone in second place after opening with a two-under-par 68 in the morning, but he fired four strokes worse in the afternoon with a two-over-par 72. Similarly, Lowe of Grass Valley carded a one-under-par 69 in the morning to be alone in third place before posting a one-over-par 71 in the afternoon.
The four players to qualify advance on to the U.S. Boys’ Junior Amateur Championship, which this year will be held in Northern California at Martis Camp in Truckee, July 22-27.