Andrew Orischak advances to US Junior Amateur final
BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) Andrew Orischak won three matches Friday in the weather-delayed U.S. Junior Amateur to reach the 36-hole final.
The 16-year-old Orischak, from nearby Hilton Head Island, will face 17-year-old Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, Louisiana, or 16-year-old Won Jun Lee of South Korea on Saturday. Barbaree and Lee were all square through 17 holes when their semifinal match was suspended because of darkness.
Orischak started the day at Colleton River Plantation Club's Pete Dye Course with a 1-up victory over Spencer Ralston of Gainesville, Georgia, in the completion of their delayed third-round match. The Hilton Head High School junior beat Ryan Grider of Lewisville, Texas, 3 and 2 in the quarterfinals, and Eugene Hong of Sanford, Florida, 3 and 2 in the semifinals.
''I had to really step up my game and I did,'' Orischak said after his 48-hole day. ''I played probably the best round I had all week.''
Barbaree beat Logan Lowe of Grass Valley, California 3 and 1 in the third round, and Norway's Kristoffer Reitan 4 and 2 in the quarterfinals.
''It's really exciting,'' Barbaree said about reaching the semifinals. ''It was probably the most fun I ever had on the golf course just with all the cameras and everything. That was awesome.''
Lee topped Turk Pettit of Auburn, Alabama, 4 and 3 in the third round, and Andy Ogletree of Little Rock, Mississippi, 2 and 1 in the quarterfinals.
The finalists get spots in the U.S. Amateur next month.