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

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Published: Jul. 16, 2019 at 10:39 PM EDT
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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)

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