16-year-old Preston Summerhays wins US Junior Amateur

July 20, 2019 - 8:33 pm

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Preston Summerhays won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on Saturday, beating Bo Jin of China 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final at Inverness Club.

Summerhays, the 16-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona, who spends a lot of time in his native Utah, ended it with an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-4 17th, a dog-leg left that he also birdied in the morning with a 35-footer after purposely driving down the adjacent 16th fairway.

In the afternoon, Summerhays again tried to play his tee shot down the 16th fairway, but missed and left himself in the rough between the fairways, with a large tree blocking his path. He hit over the tree to set up the 8-foot putt.

Summerhays earned a spot in the U.S. Open next year at Winged Foot, and both finalists qualified for the U.S. Amateur next month at Pinehurst. The 17-year-old Jin got into the field as an alternate.

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