TRUCKEE, Calif. – John Augenstein has played 36 holes in a day just twice in competition.
The first time was in his U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier. The second was Thursday, and he actually played 38.
Augenstein started by knocking off top-seeded Jim Liu in 20 holes in the Round of 32. Then he outlasted Brian Carlson, 1 up, to secure a spot opposite Sam Horsfield in Friday’s quarterfinals.
“(I’m) exhausted,” said Augenstein, who also earned a spot in next year’s U.S. Junior. “I can’t wait to get back to the room, get something to eat, sleep and get ready for tomorrow.”
Horsfield just continues to roll through the match-play bracket. None of his three matches so far has made it past No. 13. Horsfield’s latest rout came at the expense of Aaron Terrazas, whom Horsfield beat, 6 and 5, in the Round of 16.
Augenstein and Carlson both started their match on fire. Carlson made four birdies, and Augenstein had a chip-in for eagle at the par-5 fourth hole. They were a combined 8 under through seven holes and were all square before the first of two weather delays hit – the stops totaled a little more than three hours and caused three matches to be suspended due to darkness.
“The delay hit and it really killed both of our momentum because we both were playing well, both in a rhythm,” Augenstein said, “and having to sit down, and go back out and stretch and warm up, it tires you out more than you need to be.”
They remained all square until Augenstein won the par-4 13th hole with par. After Carlson made par at the par-3 14th to even things back up, he hit an errant tee shot at the par-5 15th hole.
After a second weather delay, Augenstein won the hole with par and remained 1 up until he bogeyed the par-3 17th to give the hole to Carlson. Augenstein then drained an 8-footer for birdie on the 18th hole to win the match, celebrating with a fist pump.
“My first goal was to make it to match play, to give myself a chance to move on,” Augenstein said, “and after that it was to win.”
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RILEY MOVES ON: Davis Riley never trailed in his Round of 16 match against Trevor Phillips. But that didn’t mean the win came easy.
“It was a tough match,” said Riley, who ended up with a 2-and-1 victory. “I had to definitely fight for it.”
Riley went 1 up after the opening hole when Phillips made bogey. Riley then birdied two of his next three holes and was 2 up after five holes.
“I felt like if I played consistent from there on out, I’d probably win,” Riley said.
But Phillips stayed close. He never trailed by more than 2 down and then birdied the par-4 12th to pull within a hole.
Two weather delays didn’t help Riley’s momentum, either.
“Every time we had a delay I had just started to get good momentum, so I just said to myself, ‘Stay focused and you have to fight for it,’ ” Riley said. “I was really happy with the way I played after the delays.”
Riley’s third and final birdie of the match, at No. 13, put him 2 up for good. Four straight pars then sealed it for the Alabama commit.
He will next face Zecheng Dou in the quarterfinals. Dou defeated Zachary Bauchou, 2 and 1, just before darkness fell Thursday evening.
“I feel like I have a good chance to make it to the finals if I keep playing the way I’m playing,” Riley said. “I’m real consistent right now, and I’m not making too many mistakes.”
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STILL IN PROGRESS: Thanks to two weather delays that totaled just more than three hours, three matches did not finish Thursday. Those matches are set to resume at 7 a.m. Friday.
All three matches stand all square, too.
George Cunningham and Cameron Young are through 18 holes. The winner of that match will play Doug Ghim, a 4-and-3 winner over Corey Eddings.
Scottie Scheffler is even with Justin Suh through 15 holes. The winner of that match will face either Nick Heinen or P.J. Samiere, who are through 14 holes in their match.
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SHORT SHOTS: Brad Dalke made a caddie change before his 1-down loss to Brian Carlson in the Round of 32. Dalke opted to replace caddie Frank Capan with friend Alvaro Ortiz, whom he eliminated from match play a day earlier. . . . Maverick McNealy, who advanced to the quarterfinals a year ago at this event, lost to Scottie Scheffler, 1 down, in the Round of 32. . . . Jorge Garcia, who is ranked No. 16 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, lost to Nick Heinen, 3 and 2, in the Round of 32.