Ricky Castillo, William Moll and William Mouw Share Medalist Honors at 72nd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

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Three players – William Mouw and Ricky Castillo of California and William Moll of Houston, Texas – completed 36 holes at 4-under-par 138 to share medalist honors as the 156-player field for the 72nd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship was trimmed for match play on Tuesday at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

Sixty-five players completed 36 holes over the historic Donald Ross-designed layout at 8-over-par 150 or better. Eight players who finished at that 150 total will play off for the final seven spots in the match-play bracket on Wednesday, beginning at 7 a.m. on No. 10. The Round of 64 will also be contested on Wednesday, starting at 7:40 a.m.
After starting his round with back-to-back bogeys, Castillo, 18, of Yorba Linda, Calif., played his final 16 holes in 5 under, with 12 pars, three birdies and an eagle on the 522-yard, par-5 13th hole. Castillo, who will attend the University of Florida in the fall, was the No. 2 seed in last year’s championship at Baltusrol Golf Club and has advanced to the Round of 16 in each of the past two years.

“It’s pretty special knowing that you have come out on top of 156 players, with two really good friends,” said Castillo, who is No. 22 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), second-best in this week’s field. Of his eagle, Castillo said, “I took the more aggressive route [with his drive] and had only 156 yards in. I hit a pitching wedge just 20 feet left of the hole. Just tried to hit a good putt and it fell.”

Mouw, 18, of Chino, Calif., birdied his final hole on Tuesday, the par-4 ninth, to complete a pair of 2-under 69s. Mouw, who at No. 26 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) holds the third-highest position in the field this week, captured the California State Amateur two weeks ago and will attend Pepperdine University in the fall.

“It’s cool, but it’s not the win,” said Mouw of sharing medalist honors. “I’m not too pumped. The job’s not finished.”

Moll, 18, overcame a double-bogey 6 on the 349-yard 18th hole, his ninth hole of the day, to tie the low round of the day, a 3-under 68. Moll, who will attend Vanderbilt University in the fall, carded 10 birdies over the two rounds.

Defending champion Michael Thorbjornsen, 17, of Wellesley, Mass., recorded rounds of 71-68 in stroke play, one shot behind the leading trio at 3-under 139, and is the No. 5 seed. Thorbjornsen, who defeated Akshay Bhatia, 1 up, in last year’s final at Baltusrol, hopes this week to join Tiger Woods, the only player to successfully defend his U.S. Junior Amateur title. Woods won a record three straight from 1991-93.
Thorbjornsen was joined at 139 by Luke Potter, 15, of Encinitas, Calif., who is competing in his first USGA championship. Potter led La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad to the 2019 state title as a freshman and is joined in match play by La Costa Canyon teammate Kenta Yamawaki, who finished at 4-over 146.

Bhatia, last year’s runner-up, shot 70-71 in stroke play to earn the No. 6 seed. Bhatia, 17, of Wake Forest, N.C., is No. 4 in the WAGR, tops in the field this week.

What’s Next

The final seven spots in match play will be decided Wednesday morning, followed by the Round of 64. Two rounds of match play will follow on both Thursday and Friday, and the championship will conclude with the 36-hole final on Saturday.

Notable
• James Song, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is competing in his fourth Junior Amateur, most of any player in the field. Song, 18, who just finished his freshman year at the University of California-Berkeley, shot 74-73 to reach match play for the fourth time. In previous appearances, Song lost in the Round of 64 in his first two starts, and reached the Round of 16 last year as the No. 13 seed.

• The largest improvement between Rounds 1 and 2 was delivered by Matthew Sutherland, 18, of Sacramento, Calif., nephew of PGA Tour Champions player Kevin Sutherland. Sutherland, who got into the field by surviving a 6-for-1 playoff in Woodland, Calif., made six birdies on Tuesday for a 2-under 69, offsetting an 8-over 79 on Monday.

• The next-best rally was by Phichaksn Maichon of Thailand, who bettered his 79 on Monday by eight strokes on Tuesday. His even-par 71 was highlighted by an eagle on the 616-yard, par-5 eighth hole, one of two eagles on that hole on Tuesday. Nolan Piazza, of Canada, had the other one.

• The three players sharing medalist honors is the second-most in U.S. Junior Amateur history. Four players shared the honors at Singing Hills Golf & Country Club in El Cajon, Calif., in 1989. There were also three medalists in 2012 at the Golf Club of New England in Stratham, N.H.

• For the second straight day, play was halted for more than an hour for severe weather. The round was delayed for 1 hour, 6 minutes, from 3:10 to 4:16 p.m.

Quotable

“[Being medalist] is probably on top of my career because there are very few USGA events and they are really big deals. Just staying focused matters because every shot matters on this course.” – William Moll, who shared medalist honors after shooting 70-68

“I need to make more birdies. I made one today, two yesterday. I think going into match play, I need to be slightly more aggressive and just work on the things that didn’t fire today.” – Karl Vilips, 17, of Australia, who is No. 47 in the WAGR (fifth-highest in the field) and shot even-par 142

“Yesterday, we fed off each other’s positive energy and today we fed off each other’s three-putting and missing putts. But playing with [Akshay] definitely helps. It’s a fun round, not an awkward, quiet round.” – Vilips, on playing with good friend and 2018 runner-up Akshay Bhatia

“The greens got bumpy toward the end after the rain delays but overall I’m OK with being under par for two days. It gets me in a good mindset knowing that I can play well on this golf course as long as I putt a little better, putt like I normally do. I’m just ready to go for match play.” – Bhatia, the No. 4 player in the WAGR

TOLEDO, Ohio – Results from Tuesday’s second round of stroke play at the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, played at 7,339-yard, par-71 Inverness Club.

William Moll, Houston, Texas - 70-68--138
William Mouw, Chino, Calif. - 69-69--138
Ricky Castillo, Yorba Linda, Calif. - 70-68--138
Luke Potter, Encinitas, Calif. - 71-68--139
Michael Thorbjornsen, Wellesley, Mass. - 71-68--139
Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C. - 70-71--141
Brett Roberts, Coral Springs, Fla. - 70-71--141
Bo Jin, People's Republic of China - 70-71--141
Brian Ma, Milpitas, Calif. - 71-70--141
Karl Vilips, Australia - 69-73--142
Preston Summerhays, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 72-70--142
Noah Kumar, Sarasota, Fla. - 72-71--143
Alex Vogelsong, Palm City, Fla. - 73-70--143
Elvis Smylie, Australia - 71-72--143
George Duangmanee, Fairfax, Va. - 70-73--143
Deven Ramachandran, San Rafael, Calif. - 73-71--144
Yuxin Lin, People's Republic of China - 74-70--144
August Meekhof, Eastmanville, Mich. - 73-71--144
Austin Greaser, Vandalia, Ohio - 71-73--144
James Imai, Brookline, Mass. - 73-71--144
Kelly Chinn, Great Falls, Va. - 71-73--144
Thomas Morrison, Dallas, Texas - 71-73--144
Joseph Pagdin, England - 76-69--145
Nathan Han, Somers, N.Y. - 75-70--145
Jack Wall, Brielle, N.J. - 76-69--145
Maxwell Moldovan, Uniontown, Ohio - 74-72--146
Minwook Gwon, Republic of Korea - 73-73--146
Palmer Jackson, Murrysville, Pa. - 72-74--146
Zach Jones, Highland, Utah - 75-71--146
Kento Yamawaki, Japan - 76-70--146
Jack Morris, Franklin, Tenn. - 74-73--147
Jackson Van Paris, Pinehurst, N.C. - 77-70--147
Jacob Sosa, Austin, Texas - 72-75--147
Bronson Myers, Columbia, S.C. - 74-73--147
James Song, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. - 74-73--147
Canon Claycomb, Bowling Green, Ky. - 72-75--147
Gordon Sargent, Birmingham, Ala. - 74-74--148
Matthew Sutherland, Sacramento, Calif. - 79-69--148
Cade Breitenstine, Akron, Ohio - 75-73--148
Ben Brogdon, Little Rock, Ark. - 76-72--148
Jack Townsend, San Diego, Calif. - 73-75--148
Holden Wisener, Dallas, Texas - 72-76--148
Michael Brennan, Leesburg, Va. - 74-74--148
Jeevan Sihota, Canada - 76-72--148
Garrett Martin, San Antonio, Texas - 73-75--148
Connor McKinney, Scotland - 70-78--148
Joshua Greer, Australia - 74-74--148
JT Herman, Hilton Head Island, S.C. - 75-73--148
Tom McKibbin, Northern Ireland - 71-77--148
Kevin Sze, Saratoga, Calif. - 76-73--149
Thomas Ponder, Dothan, Ala. - 77-72--149
Brett Sodetz, Henderson, Nev. - 75-74--149
Matthew Garside, Bettendorf, Iowa - 76-73--149
Takafumi Shimoji, Japan - 76-73--149
Yuki Moriyama, Japan - 76-73--149
Gaven Lane, Argyle, Texas - 76-73--149
Andi Xu, People's Republic of China - 75-74--149

(8-for-7 playoff at 7 a.m. EDT on Wednesday)
Sean Curran, New Lenox, Ill. - 77-73--150
Luke Morgan, Guthrie, Okla. - 77-73--150
Jake Beber-Frankel, Miami, Fla. - 73-77--150
Jack O'Donnell, Cohasset, Mass. - 76-74--150
Josh Bartels, Lincoln, Neb. - 73-77--150
Phichaksn Maichon, Thailand - 79-71--150
Deven Patel, Johns Creek, Ga. - 76-74--150
Drew Salyers, Howard, Ohio - 76-74--150

(Failed to qualify)
Caleb VanArragon, Blaine, Minn. - 74-77--151
Reese Sexton, Monticello, Ky. - 73-78--151
Austin Barbin, Elkton, Md. - 77-74--151
BJ Rogillio, Baton Rouge, La. - 76-75--151
Jack Blair, Wauwatosa, Wis. - 74-77--151
Drew Miller, Memphis, Tenn. - 78-73--151
Mason Domecq, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 76-75--151
Jolo Timothy Magcalayo, Philippines - 75-76--151
Max Coutsolioutsos, Lakewood Ranch, Fla. - 75-77--152
Jenson Rogenes, Frisco, Texas - 74-78--152
Connor Glynn, Waconia, Minn. - 77-75--152
Nolan Piazza, Canada - 80-72--152
Marshall Meisel, Chevy Chase, Md. - 77-75--152
Caleb Manuel, Topsham, Maine - 77-75--152
Christian Castillo, Allen, Texas - 74-78--152
James Allen, Scarsdale, N.Y. - 72-80--152
Ian Siebers, Bellevue, Wash. - 77-75--152
Howon Kim, Republic of Korea - 76-76--152
Luke Pelak, Mattawan, Mich. - 79-73--152
Eoin Sullivan, Republic of Ireland - 79-73--152
Alex Zurat, Victor, N.Y. - 72-81--153
Trey Fessler, St. Michael, Minn. - 72-81--153
Drew Hackett, Charlotte, N.C. - 77-76--153
Luke Whitney, Frisco, Texas - 72-81--153
Brody Marconi, Portland, Ore. - 74-79--153
Justin Hand, Ellwood City, Pa. - 76-77--153
Kuangyu Chen, Australia - 77-76--153
Jay Nimmo, Benton, Ky. - 80-73--153
Alex Conley, San Diego, Calif. - 73-80--153
Griffin Hare, Tipton, Ind. - 78-76--154
Robin Williams, England - 81-73--154
Erik Stevens, Annandale, N.J. - 76-78--154
Ben Cooper, Richmond, Va. - 73-81--154
Kyle Chung, Canada - 76-79--155
Ryan Hart, Naples, Fla. - 75-80--155
Nicholas Mathews, Mebane, N.C. - 81-74--155
Alex Gentry, Jefferson City, Mo. - 75-81--156
Dylan MacDonald, Canada - 80-76--156
Jack Castiglia, Lakewood, Colo. - 80-76--156
Seongyong (Terry) Yoon, Australia - 80-76--156
Andrew Riley, St. Johns, Fla. - 77-79--156
Jake Slocum, Meridian, Idaho - 73-83--156
Dillon Stewart, Fort Collins, Colo. - 80-76--156
Mason Wagner, Dublin, Ohio - 78-78--156
Symon Balbin, Pinehurst, N.C. - 77-79--156
Tyler Lipscomb, Carrollton, Ga. - 77-79--156
Mark Brown, Johns Creek, Ga. - 79-78--157
Christian Hernandez, Venezuela - 77-80--157
Jarred Bowser, Urbandale, Iowa - 76-81--157
Andrew Hughes, Dawsonville, Ga. - 79-78--157
Jang Hyun Lee, Republic of Korea - 80-77--157
Sam Renner, Bend, Ore. - 77-81--158
Atsuya Oishi, Japan - 76-82--158
Alexis Valenzuela, Switzerland - 77-81--158
Nathaniel Adams, Maple Grove, Minn. - 79-80--159
Zach Brown, Bermuda Run, N.C. - 80-79--159
William Rieck, Franklin, Tenn. - 80-79--159
Garrison Guthrie, Auburn, Ala. - 79-80--159
Chong-Han Liao, Chinese Taipei - 75-84--159
Ethan Barnes, Newport Beach, Calif. - 81-78--159
Leonardo Vieira, San Leandro, Calif. - 81-78--159
Aidan Gutierrez, Valparaiso, Ind. - 78-81--159
William Duquette, Canada - 79-80--159
Cade Uhlenhake, Overland Park, Kan. - 75-84--159
Austin Mosher, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. - 76-84--160
Oscar Maxfield, Salt Lake City, Utah - 75-85--160
Peter Blazevic, Canada - 83-78--161
Mark McDearman, Lebanon, Tenn. - 79-82--161
Dean Greyserman, Boca Raton, Fla. - 81-80--161
Lance Yates, Baton Rouge, La. - 79-82--161
David Harrison, Trophy Club, Texas - 81-80--161
Ethan Chelf, North Potomac, Md. - 87-75--162
Luke Dugger, Davis, Calif. - 80-82--162
Alvin Kwak, Mukilteo, Wash. - 80-82--162
Noah Koshi, Pearl City, Hawaii - 82-80--162
Connery Meyer, Marietta, Ga. - 83-80--163
Tommy Kimmel, Spokane, Wash. - 82-81--163
Thomas Stafford, Canada - 84-79--163
Trace Martin, San Marcos, Texas - 82-81--163
Daniel Tiscareno, Seattle, Wash. - 84-80--164
Zach Brinks, Loveland, Ohio - 84-80--164
Richard Kline, Kennett Square, Pa. - 84-80--164
Mason Quagliata, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 81-84--165
Luca Cimoroni, Canada - 81-84--165
William Klein, Bethesda, Md. - 80-85--165
Owen Manchester, Irvine, Calif. - 77-89--166
Shawn Lalmoni, Orlando, Fla. - 84-83--167
Sam Suppes, Fargo, N.D. - 87-80--167
J. Holland Humphries, Austin, Texas - 85-83--168
William Stribling, Santa Ana, Calif. - 82-87--169
Kristof Panke, Davenport, Wash. - 83-87--170

TOLEDO, Ohio – Pairings and tee times for Wednesday’s first round of match play at the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, played at 7,339-yard, par-71 Inverness Club.

Round of 64

(Upper Bracket)
10:40 a.m. - William Moll, Houston, Texas (138) vs. To Be Determined (150)
7:40 a.m. - Jackson Van Paris, Pinehurst, N.C. (147) vs. Jacob Sosa, Austin, Texas (147)
7:52 a.m. - Deven Ramachandran, San Rafael, Calif. (144) vs. Tom McKibbin, Northern Ireland (148)
8:04 a.m. - Yuxin Lin, People's Republic of China (144) vs. JT Herman, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (148)
8:16 a.m. - Bo Jin, People's Republic of China (141) vs. Andi Xu, People's Republic of China (149)
8:28 a.m. - Jack Wall, Brielle, N.J. (145) vs. Ben Brogdon, Little Rock, Ark. (148)
8:40 a.m. - Brian Ma, Milpitas, Calif. (141) vs. Gaven Lane, Argyle, Texas (149)
8:52 a.m. - Nathan Han, Somers, N.Y. (145) vs. Jack Townsend, San Diego, Calif. (148)
10:28 a.m. - Luke Potter, Encinitas, Calif. (139) vs. To Be Determined (150)
9:04 a.m. - Zach Jones, Highland, Utah (146) vs. Canon Claycomb, Bowling Green, Ky. (147)
9:16 a.m. - Alex Vogelsong, Palm City, Fla. (143) vs. Brett Sodetz, Henderson, Nev. (149)
9:28 a.m. - James Imai, Brookline, Mass. (144) vs. Garrett Martin, San Antonio, Texas (148)
10:16 a.m. - Michael Thorbjornsen, Wellesley, Mass. (139) vs. To Be Determined (150)
9:40 a.m. - Palmer Jackson, Murrysville, Pa. (146) vs. Gordon Sargent, Birmingham, Ala. (148)
9:52 a.m. - Noah Kumar, Sarasota, Fla. (143) vs. Matthew Garside, Bettendorf, Iowa (149)
10:04 a.m. - Kelly Chinn, Great Falls, Va. (144) vs. Jeevan Sihota, Canada (148)

(Lower Bracket)
10:52 a.m. - William Mouw, Chino, Calif. (138) vs. To Be Determined (150)
11:04 a.m. - Jack Morris, Franklin, Tenn. (147) vs. Bronson Myers, Columbia, S.C. (147)
11:16 a.m. - George Duangmanee, Fairfax, Va. (143) vs. Kevin Sze, Saratoga, Calif. (149)
11:28 a.m. - August Meekhof, Eastmanville, Mich. (144) vs. Joshua Greer, Australia (148)
11:40 a.m. - Brett Roberts, Coral Springs, Fla. (141) vs. To Be Determined (150)
11:52 a.m. - Maxwell Moldovan, Uniontown, Ohio (146) vs. Cade Breitenstine, Akron, Ohio (148)
12:04 p.m. - Karl Vilips, Australia (142) vs. Yuki Moriyama, Japan (149)
12:16 p.m. - Joseph Pagdin, England (145) vs. Holden Wisener, Dallas, Texas (148)
12:28 p.m. - Ricky Castillo, Yorba Linda, Calif. (138) vs. To Be Determined (150)
12:40 p.m. - Kento Ya.m.awaki, Japan (146) vs. James Song, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (147)
12:52 p.m. - Elvis Smylie, Australia (143) vs. Thomas Ponder, Dothan, Ala. (149)
1:04 p.m. - Austin Greaser, Vandalia, Ohio (144) vs. Connor McKinney, Scotland (148)
1:16 p.m. - Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C. (141) vs. To Be Determined (150)
1:28 p.m. - Minwook Gwon, Republic of Korea (146) vs. Matthew Sutherland, Sacramento, Calif (148)
1:40 p.m. - Preston Summerhays, Scottsdale, Ariz. (142) vs. Takafumi Shimoji, Japan (149)
1:52 p.m. - Thomas Morrison, Dallas, Texas (144) vs. Michael Brennan, Leesburg, Va. (148)