Spieth earns medalist honors at Junior
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
BEDMINSTER, N.J. – Jordan Spieth waltzed into the match play stages at the U.S. Junior Amateur Tuesday.
Golfweek’s top-ranked junior finished as the stroke-play medalist, shooting 2-under 69 at the Old Course at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., to finish at 6-under 137, three shots clear of Anton Arboleda (72).
After a double bogey on the 514-yard par-4 first and bogey at the par-4 fifth, Spieth, 15, birdied five of his last 13 holes.
“I’m happy to walk away with a 69,” Spieth said. “The medalist hasn’t had good results in this; they haven’t won a whole lot. I’m just going to approach it that I’m not the favorite and I can’t look at it like I’m up 15 shots on my opponent to start the day.”
Since Tiger Woods in 1992, only one medalist – Matthew Rosenfeld in 2000 - has won the Junior Amateur.
Curtis Thompson, whose sister Alexis is the defending U.S. Girls’ champion, tied for third at 2-under 141. He qualified for match play for the first time in three attempts.
Anthony Paolucci, who advanced to the finals at Boone Valley in 2007, tied for 23rd.
Strong wind and rain caused the scoring average to jump to 79.97.
– USGA contributed to this report