The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 15, 2014

Mike Mastovich | Juniors bring fresh flavor to 61st Amateur



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“Hat’s off to him. He’s going to be a great player.”

Burns has company too.

The Sunnehanna Amateur field included 10 junior golfers – those who have not yet played at the college level.

The young talent produced a number of high place-winners at Sunnehanna, including: John Oda of Honolulu, Hawaii, who tied for sixth; Oklahoma State recruit Zachary Bachou, who tied for 12th; and University of Texas prospect Doug Ghim, who tied for 25th.

“We’re not really focusing on winning. We’re trying to play our own games, keeping it in the fairways and on the greens,” said UNLV-bound Oda, a two-time Hawaii high school state champion. “Actually, I was pretty nervous playing with these guys. This field is stacked and we all know it. We set our expectations just a little lower and we just try to do our best. Our best happened to be pretty good.”

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Local angle: Two golfers representing the region showed improvement over the course of the Amateur.

Sunnehanna Country Club champion Derek Hayes shot a 79-79-76 for a 234. He improved by three strokes on Saturday.

Somerset’s Nick Sanner, the Greater Johnstown Tournament champion, shaved strokes off his score each day, shooting 80-76-74 for a 230. Neither local golfer made the final-round cut.

Will Wears of Latrobe shot a third-round 79 and finished at 230 for three rounds.

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Lowlight: Curtis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., shot the low round on Saturday with a 4-under-par 66.

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Extra time: The playoff format used the aggregate score through three extra holes.

The playoff started on the par-4, 439-yard first hole, and continued on the par-4, 430-yard No. 2.

No. 7 served as the final playoff hole. The green on No. 2 is adjacent to the tee box on the downhill No. 7, which is a 241-yard, par-3.


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