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Day Two of Junior Masters

Championship Flight Matchups

Matt Lemay vs. Matt vanNiekirk, Josh Stauffer vs. Ryan Borg, Drew Nesbitt vs. Michael Hong, Trevor Sluman vs. Sam Hebert, Un Cho vs. Trevor Garofano, Ryan Simpson vs. Jake Kreuz, Joseph Kremer vs. Josh Whalen, Jose Narro vs. Luis Navarrete Duran, Rhyne McLeod Jones vs. James Blackwell, Esteban Castro Mejia vs. Rick Voyvodic, Austin Nowak vs. Desmond Stoll, Gonzalo Rubio vs. Chris Wiatr, Cody Cox vs. Mauricio Lira, Danny Yustin vs. Tom Kolb, Luis Enriquez Teran vs. Jeff Baldetti, Branson Ferrier vs. Landon Weis.

Stauffer, Stoll and Yustin advance among locals. Stauffer draws Lemay in Thursday's Round of 16.

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NOON: The cool temperatures and harsh winds have taken a toll today . . . but not on Matt Lemay of Waterloo, Ont. Lemay, who made the semifinals last year as a 14-year-old, came in at 1 under 70 and most assuredly will be the two-day medalist and top seed when championship bracket match play begins this afternoon. He's at 143.

More than half the field is still on the course but it's apparent that scoring is soaring. Danny Yustin of East Amherst, the All-Catholic champ, followed his first-round 73 with an 80, which should be good enought to place him among the 32 advacing to the championship bracket. Sean Mahon of East Amherst, the ECIC champ, will be biting his fingernails awaiting the rest of the field to come in. Mahon went 74-85--159. In most years that wouldn't give him a chance of making the 32. But the conditions might give him a reprieve. We shall see.

Austin Nowak of Lancaster joined Yustin at 153 by following his opening 74 with a 79.

12:50 p.m.: Scores still coming in. Add James Blackwell of North Tonawanda (78-80--158). to the list of locals on the cusp. Billy Gaffney of Williamsville went 78-82. Andrew Romano of Depew is 76-83-159. Josh Stauffer of Bradford, son of eight-time WHYPGA sectional player of the year Kirk Stauffer, fired a 74 today and will coast into the top bracket with a 154 total. 

1 p.m.: Matt Metzger of the host club shot 84 on the heels of 75 and is 159. Greg Sibick of Williamsville is also at 159 after today's 82. My gut feeling is there will be playoff at 159, and it could be a LARGE one . . . Desmond Stoll of Lockport has matching 78s for 156 and is good for the top bracket. Pierce Terrance of Buffalo went 78-87-165.

1:10 p.m.:There are only three scores under 150: Lemay, Branson Ferrier of Ontario (73-148) and Jose Narro of Seabrook, Texas (76-149).

1:15 p.;m.: Add Rhyne McLeond Jones of North Carolina to the last list. He's 75-148.

1:20 p.m.: The cut line is 158, which is killer for a number of locals.  Jake Kreuz from Amherst is in at 74-155. Patrick Fahey of Buffalo is out at 79-160. Locals in the championship flight: Nowak, Yustin, Kreuz, Stauffer, and Stoll. Blackwell, at 158, will have no worse than a playoff to get in. There are still five or so groups on the course.

1:50 p.m.: Blackwell in a playoff. Looks like four players for three spots.

2:20: Blackwell advances in playoff.

Bob DiCesare

 

 

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