Golf

Bluffton's Terrazas wins first match at US Junior Amateur

info@islandpacket.comJuly 25, 2013 

TRUCKEE, Calif. -- Bluffton's Aaron Terrazas defeated Wes Artac of Kingwood, Texas in 20 holes in the first round of match play in the U.S. Junior Amateur on Wednesday.

The fourth-seeded Terrazas, a Hank Haney IJGA student, will face Sean Cocker of Zimbabwe in Thursday's second round.

Qualifying medalist Jim Liu advanced to the second round of the match play, beating Matthew Lowe with an 8-foot birdie putt on the 19th hole.

The 17-year-old, the 2010 champion and 2012 runner-up from Smithtown, N.Y., needed the extra hole to finish off the 17-year-old Lowe, from Farmingdale, N.Y., after losing the 18th with a bogey.

"That's golf. You can't expect to play well every day," Liu said. "It's about the days where you don't have your best game and you just grind it out. I just tried to stay patient out there. As long as you have more holes to play you have a shot. That's the mindset I had."

Liu will face John Augenstein of Owensboro, Ky., in the second round at Martis Camp Club. Augenstein beat Matthew Perrine of Austin, Texas, 5 and 4.

US Girls' Junior Amateur

FORT WAYNE, Ind.-- Qualifying medalist Bailey Tardy and defending champion Minjee Lee won their opening matches Wednesday in the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.

The 16-year-old Tardy, from Norcross, Ga., won the final two holes with pars to beat Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Fla., 1 up at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

The 17-year-old Lee, from Australia, topped Kaitlyn Papp of Austin, Texas, 5 and 4. Lee won the Australian Women's Amateur in January.

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