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Alexander Takes Down No. 1 Seed at NC Junior Boys'

 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (June 24, 2020) -- Round 1 and Round 2 of match play results of the 53rd North Carolina Junior Boys’ Championship at Maple Chase Golf and Country Club in Winston-Salem, N.C. from June 24, 2020. (6,772 yards, par 36-36--72)

 

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Round 1 of Match Play

 

The first round of match play at the 53rd North Carolina Junior Boys’ Championship gave us 32 exciting matchups including 13 that resulted in upsets, four that needed more than 18 holes to decide the outcome and two that stretched as far as 23 holes of golf.

 

Three of those 13 stood out even more as single-digit seeded players were sent home early. Davis Spradling of Clayton, N.C. defeated the No. 6 seed Caleb Surratt of Indian Trail, N.C. 1 up for the biggest upset of the first round. Garrett Risner of Holly Springs, N.C. also took down a single-digit seed as he defeated seventh-seeded Drew Greene of Greenville, N.C. 3 and 1, while Benjamin Hays of Cary, N.C. beat No. 8 seed Ryan Macri of Wake Forest, N.C. 2 and 1.

 

All three of the players who pulled off major upsets had to earn their way into the field for match play by advancing out of a 20 for 13 playoff yesterday afternoon.

 

Each of the three stroke play medalists, Landon Barnes of Pilot Mountain, N.C., Jake Herring of Wilson, N.C. and Colin Dutton of Foxfire, N.C., advanced to Round 2 of match play with victories in their opening match.

 

Round 2 of Match Play

 

Austin Alexander of Rutherfordton, N.C. also pulled off an upset on Wednesday, knocking off top-seeded Landon Barnes of Pilot Mountain, N.C. with a birdie on the 19th hole of the match.

 

Alexander and Barnes both had opportunities to take the lead in the match on the last two holes, however missed their birdie putts. On the extra hole, Alexander nearly sent his tee shot out of bounds, but made a great recovery and put his second shot within 10 feet of the flag. After Barnes missed his putt and made par, Alexander knew what he had to do to win the match.

 

“I was quite nervous,” Alexander said about his feelings on the final green. “You know, he had been making putts all day and once he was over that putt on No. 19, I thought he was going to sink it and put the pressure on me. Finally, he missed one and lipped it out. (His putt) gave me the perfect read, and I took advantage and just sunk it. I honestly couldn't believe it, I had the fist pump ready and everything. I felt great.”

 

Alexander lost in last year’s North Carolina Junior Boys’ Championship to the No. 1 seed and eventual champion, and said that he was determined to not to let the outcome be the same today. Alexander defeated Jonathan Honeywell of Whispering Pines, N.C. in Round 1 of the match play this morning, and will take on Zach Roberts of Holly Springs, N.C. in Round 3 tomorrow.

 

“Tomorrow I am just going to take it to 'em again,” Alexander said. “I will take whatever the golf course gives to me and be aggressive. That is what it takes to win these matches and I am going to do whatever it takes to win.”


 

North Carolina Junior Boys’ Championship

Maple Chase Golf and Country Club | Winston-Salem, N.C.

Round 1 of Match Play Results

 

Landon Barnes, Pilot Mountain, N.C. def. Tyler Jones, Jacksonville, N.C., 1 up

Austin Alexander, Rutherfordton, N.C. def. Jonathan Honeywell, Whispering Pines, N.C., 2 and 1

Zach Roberts, Holly Springs, N.C. def. Jack Burris, Greensboro, N.C., 1 up

Steven Shea, Charlotte, N.C. def. Ethan Paschal, Fayetteville, N.C., 1 up

Benjamin Hays, Cary, N.C. def. Ryan Macri, Wake Forest, N.C., 2 and 1

Jackson Brimfield, Chapel Hill, N.C. def. Luke Nelson, Raleigh, N.C., 19 holes

Clayson Good, Durham, N.C. def. Bryan Fang, Raleigh, N.C., 3 and 2

Alex Heffner, Harrisburg, N.C. def. Daniel Adkins, Holly Springs, N.C., 5 and 4

Tyler DeChellis, Clayton, N.C. def. Sam Haggas, Winston-Salem, N.C. 6 and 5

Owen Kose, Holly Springs, N.C. def. Samuel Mace, Connelly Springs, N.C., 4 and 3

Jennings Glenn, Raleigh, N.C. def. Noah Weyne, Wake Forest, N.C., 4 and 3

AJ Shaffer, Horse Shoe, N.C. def. Garrett Hauk, Burlington, N.C., 5 and 4

Michael La Sasso, Raleigh, N.C. def. Calvin Hawkins, Lexington, N.C., 5 and 3

Alan Van Asch, Raleigh, N.C. def. Kyle Haas, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2 and 1

Frank Gilliam, Raleigh, N.C. def. James Rico, Cary, N.C., 4 and 2

Kyle Kushnir, Raleigh, N.C. def. Ben Jordan, Greensboro, N.C., 5 and 4

Jake Herring, Wilson, N.C. def. Davis DeLille, High Point, N.C., 4 and 3

Lukas Pokrzywinski, Charlotte, N.C. def. Luke Ward, Arden, N.C., 3 and 2

Narayan Mohan, Charlotte, N.C. def. Spencer Turtz, Charlotte, N.C., 3 and 1

Andrew Plate, Greensboro, N.C. def. Kareem Elkassem, Raleigh, N.C., 23 holes

Garrett Risner, Holly Springs, N.C. def. Drew Greene, Greenville, N.C., 3 and 1

Davis Adams, Raleigh, N.C. def. Columb Knight, Raleigh, N.C., 3 and 2

Casey Osiecki, New Bern, N.C. def. Jake Clodfelter, Trinity, N.C., 20 holes

Jace Butcher, Wake Forest, N.C. def. Cole Wright, Wake Forest, N.C., 4 and 3

Colin Dutton, Foxfire, N.C. def. Parker Cumbea, Fuquay Varina, N.C., 2 up

Brodie Perry, Trinity, N.C. def. Hank Robins, Salisbury, N.C., 2 and 1

Carter Busse, Davidson, N.C. def. Matthew Richardson, N.C., 3 and 2

Maddox Whittington, Lenoir, N.C. def. Cameron Hardison, Greenville, N.C., 1 up

Davis Spradling, Clayton, N.C. def. Caleb Surratt, Indian Trail, N.C., 1 up

Hampton Roberts, Cary, N.C. def. Max Cranford, Hickory, N.C., 6 and 5

Charlie Barr, Salisbury, N.C. def. Caden Baker, Mebane, N.C., 5 and 3

Wilson Thrift, Charlotte, N.C. def. Holland Giles, Pinehurst, N.C., 23 holes

 

North Carolina Junior Boys’ Championship

Maple Chase Golf and Country Club | Winston-Salem, N.C.

Round 2 of Match Play Results

 

Austin Alexander, Rutherfordton, N.C. def. Landon Barnes, Pilot Mountain, N.C., 19 holes

Zach Roberts, Holly Springs, N.C. def. Steven Shea, Charlotte, N.C., 2 up

Jackson Brimfield, Chapel Hill, N.C. def. Benjamin Hays, Cary, N.C., 2 and 1

Clayson Good, Durham, N.C. def. Alex Heffner, Harrisburg, N.C., 2 and 1

Owen Kose, Holly Springs, N.C. def. Tyler DeChellis, Clayton, N.C., 2 up

Jennings Glenn, Raleigh, N.C. def. AJ Shaffer, Horse Shoe, N.C., 6 and 5

Michael La Sasso, Raleigh, N.C. def. Alan Van Asch, Raleigh, N.C., 20 holes

Kyle Kushnir, Raleigh, N.C. def. Frank Gilliam, Raleigh, N.C., 3 and 1

Jake Herring, Wilson, N.C. def. Lukas Pokrzywinski, Charlotte, N.C., 8 and 6

Andrew Plate, Greensboro, N.C. def. Narayan Mohan, Charlotte, N.C., 4 and 3

Davis Adams, Raleigh, N.C. def. Garrett Risner, Holly Springs, N.C., 2 and 1

Casey Osiecki, New Bern, N.C. def. Jace Butcher, Wake Forest, N.C., 2 up

Colin Dutton, Foxfire, N.C. def. Brodie Perry, Trinity, N.C., 3 and 2

Carter Busse, Davidson, N.C. def. Maddox Whittington, Lenoir, N.C., 1 up

Hampton Roberts, Cary, N.C. def. Davis Spradling, Clayton, N.C., 1 up

Charlie Barr, Salisbury, N.C. def. Wilson Thrift, Charlotte, N.C., 2 and 1

 

Schedule of Rounds:

 

Thursday June 25

8:00 a.m. - 8:56 a.m. Round 3 Matches

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Quarterfinals 

 

Friday, June 26

8:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. Semifinals

12:30 p.m. Championship Match 


 

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