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Brentley Romine
Sahith Theegala, who missed qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Amateur by a shot, kept his hopes of reaching the U.S. Junior final with a second-round victory, but now faces his friend, Sean Crocker, in the Round of 16.
Sahith Theegala, who missed qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Amateur by a shot, kept his hopes of reaching the U.S. Junior final with a second-round victory, but now faces his friend, Sean Crocker, in the Round of 16.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– Sahith Theegala knows he has one more chance to get into next month’s U.S. Amateur – make the final of the U.S. Junior.

The champion and runner-up this week at The Club at Carlton Woods earn spots in the field at Atlanta Athletic Club, assuming they aren’t already eligible. Theegala would’ve already earned his invitation, but missed out by one shot in a qualifier at Victoria Golf Club in Riverside, Calif.

“I was playing well and then I double-bogeyed the 17th hole,” said Theegala, a Chino Hills, Calif., native. “I still thought I ...

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Cassie Stein
Will Thomson became the youngest player to play in the Porter Cup history on Wednesday at the age of 13.
Will Thomson became the youngest player to play in the Porter Cup history on Wednesday at the age of 13.

LEWISTON, N.Y. – What were you doing as a 13-year-old in the summertime?

Definitely not what Will Thomson is doing this week at the Porter Cup or in two weeks at the U.S. Amateur.

Thomson, a native of Pittsford, N.Y., became the youngest player to play in the field at Niagara Falls Country Club on Wednesday. Just a few weeks ago, Thomson made headlines for becoming the youngest qualifier in U.S. Amateur history, which is set to take place in Atlanta Athletic Club in two weeks.

Thomson was a late addition to the Porter Cup field, receiving ...

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Brentley Romine
Will Dickson hits a bunker shot during the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas.
Will Dickson hits a bunker shot during the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– Will Dickson hasn’t played much golf leading up to this week’s U.S. Junior Amateur – not because he didn’t want to, but because he couldn’t.

Dickson, a 15-year-old from Providence, R.I., has spent the last month at Camp Sankaty, a caddie camp at Sankaty Head Golf Club in Nantucket Island, Mass.

The camp, first started in 1930, is one of the last remaining caddie camps in the world. Each summer, 60 boys are selected to attend the eight-week-long camp, where they live in a disciplined and structured environment, and caddie for members ...

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Brentley Romine
Sam Horsfield during the Round of 64 at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Sam Horsfield during the Round of 64 at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– While Wednesday's opening round of match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur will be a tough act to follow, the Round of 32 sets up to be a good one, as well.

Thursday's second round will begin at 7 a.m. with the last match going off at 9:30 a.m. The Round of 16 will be played Thursday afternoon.

Here are five matches to keep an eye on, as well as the complete schedule for Thursday’s second round of matches (all times are local):

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Sean Crocker vs. John Augenstein, 7 a ...

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Brentley Romine
Sean Crocker advanced out of the Round of 64 at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur, defeating Dylan McCabe, 1 up.
Sean Crocker advanced out of the Round of 64 at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur, defeating Dylan McCabe, 1 up.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– As usual, the Round of 64 at the U.S. Junior Amateur had it all Wednesday.

There were upsets and there were close calls. There were narrow victories and there were routs. There were extra holes, match-winning chip-ins and even a disqualification.

And the excitement is not done yet, either, here at The Club at Carlton Woods with five more rounds of match play scheduled for the next three days.

Here are 5 Things you need to know from the opening round of match play at the U.S. Junior:

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1. TOP SEED GETS SCARE: Sean Crocker ...

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Brentley Romine
John Augenstein, shown during a 2014 U.S. Open sectional qualifier, was victorious in the Round of 64 at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.
John Augenstein, shown during a 2014 U.S. Open sectional qualifier, was victorious in the Round of 64 at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.

Not much was expected out of John Augenstein a year ago at the U.S. Junior.

The small, quiet kid from Owensboro, Ky., wasn’t expected to advance to match play. He wasn’t expected to defeat top-seeded and 2010 champ Jim Liu in the Round of 32. He wasn’t expected to reach the semifinals.

He did all of those things a year ago at Martis Camp, yet still left a little disappointed.

“Last year, I was just a little upset with myself,” Augenstein said. “I felt like I could’ve given it a little more energy and everything ...

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Brentley Romine
Germany's Dominic Foos greets fellow countryman Martin Kaymer during a practice round for the 2014 Masters.
Germany's Dominic Foos greets fellow countryman Martin Kaymer during a practice round for the 2014 Masters.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– Dominic Foos has been feeling a little inspired these past few months, and for good reason.

The 16-year-old German first watched as fellow countryman Martin Kaymer captured The Players Championship in May. He then witnessed Kaymer open up a big lead at Pinehurst before cruising to the U.S. Open title in June.

Finally, he followed the World Cup journey of the German national soccer team, which ended with the country’s fourth World Cup title and first since 1990, eight years before Foos was born.

“It’s been a pretty good year for Germany,” Foos said ...

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Brentley Romine
John Augenstein raises his hands in the air after defeating Sam Horsfield in 20 holes during the quarterfinals at the 66th U. S. Junior Amateur.
John Augenstein raises his hands in the air after defeating Sam Horsfield in 20 holes during the quarterfinals at the 66th U. S. Junior Amateur.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– Are you ready for some match play?

The Round of 64 for the U.S. Junior Amateur begins Wednesday at The Club at Carlton Woods’ Nicklaus Course. The first match is set to begin at 8 a.m. local time in The Woodlands with the last match scheduled for 1:10 p.m.

Here are five matches to keep an eye on, as well as the complete schedule for Wednesday’s first round of matches:

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Keenan Huskey vs. John Augenstein, 8:10 a.m.

The second match of the day could end up being the best one ...

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Brentley Romine
Sam Horsfield shared stroke-play medalist honors at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur with Sean Crocker.
Sam Horsfield shared stroke-play medalist honors at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur with Sean Crocker.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– After two days of stroke play in the Texas summer heat, the match-play field is set at the U.S. Junior Amateur.

Starting Wednesday, it matters little where one finished in the stroke-play competition. Sure, co-medalists Sam Horsfield and Sean Crocker get to take home a medal for finishing at 7-under 137. But for the 64 players who remain at The Club of Carlton Woods, there’s only one goal: be the last player standing on Saturday.

Here are 5 Things you need to know from Tuesday’s final round of stroke play:

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1. THE MEDALISTS: The ...

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Brentley Romine
Nathan Jeansonne hits a drive during the second round of the stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Nathan Jeansonne hits a drive during the second round of the stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– On the golf course, Nathan Jeansonne is constantly making sure he’s posting good numbers.

“I like to keep it around 140,” said Jeansonne, a 17-year-old from Keithville, La.

140?

No, Jeansonne isn’t a high handicapper – he shot 4-under 68 Tuesday to advance to match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur. The number he was referring to is actually his ideal blood glucose level.

Jeansonne was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 2 years old, but he hasn’t let it keep him from playing the game he loves. He wears an insulin pump near ...

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Brentley Romine
After five years, Will Zalatoris is finally getting to play in a U.S. Junior Amateur in his home state of Texas – and the Plano native (pictured during the 2011 Junior PGA Championship) is ready to take things one step at a time as he attempts to bring home the title this week in the Texas summer heat.
After five years, Will Zalatoris is finally getting to play in a U.S. Junior Amateur in his home state of Texas – and the Plano native (pictured during the 2011 Junior PGA Championship) is ready to take things one step at a time as he attempts to bring home the title this week in the Texas summer heat.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– If there was one player who didn't mind having to brave the extreme heat Monday at The Club at Carlton Woods, it was Will Zalatoris.

Like everyone else, the 17-year-old and five-time U.S. Junior Amateur participant fought to stay hydrated as temperatures soared above 100 degrees in The Woodlands, about 30 minutes north of Houston. But after playing four previous U.S. Juniors in cooler climates – Stratham, N.H.; Bremerton, Wash.; Ada, Mich.; and Bedminster, N.J. – and far away from his hometown of Plano, Texas, Zalatoris is glad to finally be playing in a ...

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Brentley Romine
Davis Riley, last year's U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up, fired a 5-under 67 to take the first-round lead on a hot day in The Woodlands, Texas.
Davis Riley, last year's U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up, fired a 5-under 67 to take the first-round lead on a hot day in The Woodlands, Texas.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– While the heat index surpassed 105 on a sunny, humid day at the U.S. Junior Amateur, a handful of top junior golfers proved they’d kept their competitive fires going from last year’s championship.

Davis Riley, runner-up to Scottie Scheffler in 2013, came out Monday morning and fired a 5-under 67 to take the first-round lead at The Club at Carlton Woods’ Nicklaus Course.

Then Sam Horsfield, a three-time participant who a year ago rolled off a string of impressive match-play wins before exiting in the quarterfinals, posted an afternoon 68 to grab a share ...

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Brentley Romine
Davis Riley, runner-up at the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur, is one of 156 junior boys golfers set to compete at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur July 21-26 in The Woodlands, Texas.
Davis Riley, runner-up at the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur, is one of 156 junior boys golfers set to compete at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur July 21-26 in The Woodlands, Texas.

Davis Riley has waited a year for another shot at his first U.S. Junior Amateur.

The Alabama commit, who lost to Scottie Scheffler in the 2013 U.S. Junior final at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif., will be one of 156 junior boys golfers who will tee it up July 21-26 at The Club at Carlton Woods' Nicklaus Course in The Woodlands, Texas.

The 2014 U.S. Junior will begin with stroke-play qualifying July 21-22. Match play starts July 23 with the Round of 64. The 36-hole final is set for July 26.

Riley, who won the Terra ...

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Brentley Romine
John Augenstein, shown during the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur, committed to Vanderbilt.
John Augenstein, shown during the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur, committed to Vanderbilt.

John Augenstein, ranked sixth in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings for the Class of 2016, has committed to Vanderbilt.

Augenstein, who attends Owensboro (Ky.) Catholic High School, chose the Commodores over two-time defending national champion Alabama.

"I chose Vandy because I love the idea of having a chance to build something," Augenstein said. "I feel like Vandy is on its way to being one of the top programs in the NCAA. Coach (Scott) Limbaugh and Coach (Dusty) Smith are the best in the business, and I feel confident that they will give me the best opportunity of succeeding in my ...

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Adam Schupak
The U.S. Amateur Public Links stroke-play co-medalists, left to right: Doug Ghim, Zane Thomas, Byron Meth and Rico Hoey.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links stroke-play co-medalists, left to right: Doug Ghim, Zane Thomas, Byron Meth and Rico Hoey.

NEWTON, Kan. – Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Ill., did double duty on the second day of the U.S. Amateur Public Links at Sand Creek Station Golf Course.

First, the Texas freshman fired a 6-under 65 for a 36-hole total of 134 that shared medalist honors with three other contestants in stroke-play qualifying.

“I made so many putts," Ghim said, "it was ridiculous.”

But he wasn’t done yet. Family friend Joshua Lee of Fleming Island, Fla., finished at 5-over 147 and had to compete in an 11-for-7-man playoff to reach match play. His father, however, was too tired to ...

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