Future Oklahoma State teammates set to square off in U.S. Junior quarterfinals

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Future Oklahoma State teammates set to square off in U.S. Junior quarterfinals

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Future Oklahoma State teammates set to square off in U.S. Junior quarterfinals

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Austin Eckroat and Matthew Wolff will be college teammates in less than two months. The two future Oklahoma State Cowboys will first meet Friday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Junior Amateur at Flint Hills National in Andover, Kan.

“That’s going to be weird, especially that we’re rooming together, because one of us won’t be staying another night,” Eckroat said. “I want him to do well, but I also want to beat him.”

Eckroat, a product of Edmond, Okla., easily advanced in both his matches Thursday. He beat Yuki Moriyama, 7 and 5, in the Round of 32 before downing Ryan Gerard, 5 and 4. Wolff beat Christian Salzer convincingly, 7 and 6, in the Round of 32. But the Agoura Hills, Calif., native had to pull off quite the comeback in the Round of 16.

Two down with two holes to play, Wolff won three straight holes to beat Logan McAllister in 19 holes.

“You know I can’t go without a fight,” Wolff said. “Putter wasn’t really cooperating in the beginning, and he was draining a lot of putts. But I knew I still could give him a run for his money.”

In another match of note, defending U.S. Junior runner-up Noah Goodwin advanced with a 5-and-3 win over Sean Maruyama. The SMU commit will now face Alabama signee Davis Shore in a quarterfinal matchup of heavyweights.

“I just think part of it is peaking at the right time,” Goodwin said. “It’s just about kind of figuring things out. My swing is just getting tighter with more and more reps as the week goes on.”

Shore bested Florida commit Ricky Castillo, 1 up, in the Round of 16.

The other quarterfinal matchups: Garrick Higgo vs. Aman Gupta, and Ryan Smith vs. Rayhan Thomas.

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