Junior Boys

Garcia, Young to meet in Polo match-play final

Jorge Garcia fired a second consecutive 68 to take a three-shot lead at the Thunderbird on Sunday.
Jorge Garcia fired a second consecutive 68 to take a three-shot lead at the Thunderbird on Sunday. ( AJGA )

Friday, November 29, 2013

Jorge Garcia and Cameron Young each won two matches on Thursday to advance to Friday's championship match of the Polo Golf Junior Classic.

But it wasn't easy.

Garcia was 2 down through 14 holes in his quarterfinal match against Sam Burns before closing his match with four straight birdies and a 2-up victory. He then topped Sam Horsfield, 3 and 2, in the semifinals after Horsfield routed Golfweek's top-ranked junior, Scottie Scheffler, 7 and 5, in the quarterfinals.

On the other half of the bracket, Young, playing in just his second AJGA event, defeated Brad Dalke, 2 up, in the quarterfinals before ousting Nathan Jeansonne, 2 and 1, in the semifinals.

In the girls tournament, Alabama signee Lakareber Abe topped Lilia Vu and stroke-play medalist Kristen Gillman to advance to the championship match. She'll face Linnea Strom, who notched 1-up victories over Bethany Wu and Sierra Brooks on Thursday. She also defeated Golfweek's top-ranked junior Nicole Morales in the first round.