Crocker on course to end Jnr career on a high

HARARE - Zimbabwe's rising golf sensation Sean Crocker is hoping to end his junior career in celebratory mood after advancing to the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship match play as the number one seed.

The talented 17-year-old on Tuesday shot a sizzling second round front-nine 30 en route to posting a two-round total of 7-under 137.

The score ensured he garnered co-medalists honors with Sam Horsfield, of England following a frenetic and exciting second day of stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

The cut came at 5-over 149, and the day ended with a nine-way playoff for the final five spots to fill out of the field of 64 who advance to match play, which begun yesterday at Carlton Woods’ Nicklaus Course.

Crocker and Horsfield finished with a two-round total of 7-under 137 to stand atop the stroke-play leader board, one stroke in front of first-round leader Davis Riley (71), of Hattiesburg, Will Grimmer (67), of Cincinnati and Dominic Foos (68), of Germany, who were tied at 6-under 138.

Crocker, playing three groups later on the opposite side of the golf course, followed up his first-round 71 with a sparkling 6-under 66 that included a then-championship-record score of 30 for his first nine holes.

“I was at 1-under fast after I birdied the first hole, and then I birdied the next par 5,” said Crocker of his opening-nine 30.

“Then all of a sudden I make more birdies, and on 18 – my ninth hole – I hit a 4-iron from 230 to about a foot away and I looked at my score card with my caddy I am like whoa, I’m 6-under after nine. It just happened so quick.

“You know it’s pretty cool because this my last junior tournament ever so it pretty awesome to put my stamp on the USGA tournament,” he added.

Crocker, along with co-medalist Sam Horsfield, finished atop the stroke-play leader board and enter match play as the number one and number two seeds, respectively.

The 64-player match-play bracket was scheduled to begin yesterday.

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