For Peterson, Walker Cup chances improving

John Peterson

ERIN, Wis. – The second round of match play at the U.S. Amateur has a few matches where more is on the line than just advancing to the next round.

NCAA individual champion John Peterson will be facing Chattanooga senior Stephan Jaeger. Jaeger upset Walker Cup hopeful Blayne Barber, 3 and 2, in the first round.

With Barber, U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Corbin Mills and Andrew Yun falling in the first round, an opportunity has emerged for Peterson if he can continue to make a run. Peterson has not received a pick for the Walker Cup.

Chattanooga head coach Mark Guhne is Stephan Jaeger’s caddie this week, and according to Guhne, Jaeger is gaining more and more confidence each day.

“He’s realizing how good a player he really is,” Guhne said. “Playing John will be a great challenge, just like playing Blayne was.”

An interesting note? In April of this year, Jaeger and his fellow Mocs traveled to Baton Rouge for the LSU Invitational. Peterson tied for third on his home course, but Jaeger won the tournament by seven shots over Iowa’s Vince India and was eight shots better than Peterson.

Since surviving a playoff just to make match play, Jaeger has made only one bogey. This afternoon, Jaeger will try to take down another Walker Cup hopeful in Peterson. The reigning NCAA champ will try to keep his Walker Cup dreams alive with a win over a familiar opponent.

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