PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Mark Lawrence Jr. of Virginia Tech won two matches Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Championship at the Riviera Country Club.
The seventh-seeded Lawrence beat No. 39 Tyler Strafaci of Georgia Tech 1 up in the round of 32. He lost a 5-up lead and trailed 1 down after the 15th hole. After halving the 16th, he won the final two holes with a par and birdie.
He defeated No. 42 Shae Wools-Cobb of Australia 2 and 1 in the round of 16. He took the lead for good at the 10th. He parred the 17th to win the match.
Lawrence will face No. 50 Dawson Armstrong of Lipscomb in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Forest native and Liberty Christian graduate Zach Bauchou of Oklahoma State lost in the round of 32 for the second straight year. No. 60 seed Chun An Yu of Arizona State beat No. 28 Bauchou 4 and 3.
KESWICK — No. 23 seed Duncan Hardcastle of Midlothian beat Roanoke Country Club’s Jim Wright 3 and 2 in the quarterfinals of the VSGA Senior Amateur Championship at Keswick Golf Club’s Full Cry Course.
After winning No. 2 to take his only lead of the day, the 18th-seeded Wright fell 3 down through eight holes and never got closer. Hardcastle also won in the semis.
Triple bogey derails Griffin in Knoxville
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Blacksburg’s Lanto Griffin can only pray that a triple bogey in the first round of the Web.com Tour’s News-Sentinel Open won’t cost him a shot of landing a PGA Tour card for next season.
Griffin, starting on the 10th hole, stunted a fast start with a bogey on his sixth hole and a triple bogey on the 17th, but then shot 31 on his final nine holes to rally for a a 3-under-par 68 at Fox Den Country Club, He is tied for 22nd place.
Griffin entered the tournament No. 22 on the money list ($165,082). The top 25 money winners when the Web.com Tour regular season ends in Oregon on Aug. 27, get PGA Tour cards.
The Nos. 23-25 players on the money list all shot worse than Griffin on Thursday. No. 23 Ethan Tracy ($159,655) shot a 69; No. 24 Beau Hossler ($154,966) had an 85; and No. 25 Roberto Diaz ($152,337) had a 72.
Ken Looper has the lead with a 62. Ex-Virginia Tech standout Drew Weaver is tied for 42nd with a 69. For UVa golfers Ben Kohles and James Driscoll each shot 70.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Matt Every matched the Wyndham Championship’s first-round record with a 9-under 61 to take a one-stroke lead.
Every tied the opening-round mark set in 2010 by Arjun Atwal. Henrik Stenson opened with a 62.