Wolfes’ wild ride into the quarterfinals
ADA, Mich. – Not many people knew much about Scott Wolfes at this year’s U.S. Junior. Around Egypt Valley he is starting to be known as the kid on a roller coaster.
Early in his afternoon match against Zachary Wright it looked like Wolfes was going to cruise in to the Quarterfinals after having a 4 up lead through 12 holes. “Looked” is the key word in that last sentence.
U.S. Junior Amateur (Rds. of 32, 16)
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Playing what Wolfes described as, “Maybe a bit too aggressive,” he saw his lead disappear in front of his eyes. Wright only birdied the par 4 15th hole, but still got the match to all square through 16. Then, as if losing four straight holes wasn’t bad enough, Wolfes bogeyed the par 17th and found himself one down.
“Nothing seemed to go my way,” Wolfes said. “When I walked up to the green on 17, I knew I had to make my chip or I figured I was done.”
Wright was about 10 yards from the green, but left his chip 12 feet short. Wolfes had a ball that appeared to be buried in the three inch high rough. The boy who thought his victory slipped away, for a split second thought he redeemed himself. Wolfes’ ball hit the right edge of the hole and just rolled by leaving him a 3-footer.
Wolfes made his par putt, but Wright missed his and the match moved on to hole No. 1.
On the first playoff hole both Wright and Wolfes hit 3-woods right of the fairway into the rough. Wright’s approach went left, giving him a tough pitch shot, and Wolfes was on the back of the green with a lengthy 45-foot putt.
Wright landed the ball nearly perfectly – 6 feet right of the hole – and Wolfes’ birdie attempt went 4 feet past.
“I saw my chance,” Wolfes said. “I had to do it.”
Ted Wolfes, Scott’s father, said he couldn’t watch he was so nervous.
Wright pushed his putt just right of the hole and Wolfes stepped up and drained his par putt to advance to the quarterfinals.
“I have learned so much about myself this week,” Wolfes said. “I know I can compete and I know I can play.”
The Georgia native is headed to Georgia Southern in the fall of 2011, but tomorrow he is headed to the quarterfinals where he hopes his roller coaster of a ride continues to roll on.