THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer fell to Australian Zach Murray on Wednesday in the U.S. Junior Amateur at The Club at Carlton Woods.
Nimmer, a rising Hilton Head Christian senior and a Clemson commitment, lost 3 and 2 to Murray, who was seeded 18th.
The second-ranked junior in S.C. will play next in next week's SCGA Amateur Championship at The Reserve Golf Club in Pawley's Island.
Qualifying medalists Sam Horsfield and Sean Crocker won their opening matches Wednesday.
The 17-year-old Horsfield, from England, routed David Laskin of Elk Grove, Calif., 5 and 4 on the Nicklaus Course, and the 17-year-old Crocker, from Zimbabwe, beat Dylan McCabe of Sioux City, Iowa, 1 up.
On Thursday, Horsfield will face South Korea's Won Jun Lee, and Crocker will play John Augenstein of Owensboro, Ky. Lee topped John Mancinotti of Toledo, Ohio, 4 and 3, and Augenstein beat Keenan Huskey of Greenville, 1 up.
US GIRLS JUNIOR Mexico's Ana Paula Valdes, a rising junior at Hilton Head Island's International Junior Golf Academy, won her round of 64 match at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship at Forest Highlands in Flagstaff, Ariz. The 17-year-old Valdes, a Clemson commitment, defeated Fuzzy Brooks, 4 and 2. Qualifying medalist Angel Yin won her first-round match, beating Julie Luo, 4 and 2.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.