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DOCTOR FALLS APART IN JUNIOR MASTERS SEMIS, LOSING TO CUTLER

The local interests -- those who live in Western New York and those with tiesto the area -- were eliminated by the semifinals in the International Junior Masters at East Aurora Country Club.

The last with area ties to go was Jonathan Doctor of Skaneateles, who was upset in the semifinals Friday morning by Keith Cutler of Haverhill, Mass., who won 1-up on the final hole.

Doctor's elimination was a surprise since he was one of the favorites by virtue of his victory at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship in May.

Cutler was to meet Jonathan Silvester of Agincourt, Ont., in this afternoon's final round. Silvester defeated Jeff Parry, of Port Perry, Ont., near Oshawa, 4 and 3.

Cutler was two holes down after 15 holes, but won the last three as Doctor fell apart. Doctor triple-bogeyed the par-5 16th, while Cutler double-bogeyed. Doctor double-bogeyed the par-4 17th, which Cutler bogeyed. And Doctor bogeyed the par-4 18th, while Cutler made a tricky 6-footer for par and the victory.

Until the semifinal match, Doctor was the most imposing and impressive of the 17-and-under golfers entered in the tournament.

He is a second cousin to the football playing Doctors of South Buffalo as well as to Don Doctor, who won the Junior Masters in 1970 and the Buffalo District crown in '73 and '74.

This Doctor has all the size of his relatives of gridiron fame and every bit the potential of his golfing cousin.

The 6-foot-2 1/2 , 215-pounder had rolled into the semifinals, closing out his match Thursday against Jeremy Jones of Downingtown, Pa., with a six-hole lead and five holes to play.

Doctor can hit the ball nearly three football fields, as he showed on the first hole against Jones, blasting a 295-yard drive (with a little help from a downhill fairway).

Despite his size and power, however, he prides himself on his finesse game.

"I've been hitting the driver poorly," the 17-year-old said. "At times I'm erratic with my drives.

"The short game is my strongest point. I can hit a lot of greens. When I miss I usually can get up and down. I'm very creative with my short game."

That was in evidence against Jones, when he chipped in from behind the green on the sixth hole. On Wednesday, he saved par by getting up and down off a steep slope 20 yards behind the 16th green.

Cutler, however, was able to overcome Doctor's combination of power and finesse.

Cutler had advanced to the semifinals on Thursday by defeating Nicholas Myers of Bowling Green, Ohio, 2 and 1.

Cutler held a five-hole lead after seven holes thanks in part to two early birdies.

The 17-year-old's biggest victory to date was the 1988 New England Junior Boys (14-15) crown. He qualified for the U.S. Junior championship last summer and has had a pair of top-20 finishes on the junior golf tour this year.

"My game's getting better," Cutler said. "I've been putting well all this week."

Another top contender was eliminated in Thursday's quarterfinal round.

Jimmy Bell of Orlando, Fla., the son of former Junior Masters director and East Aurora club president Jim Bell, lost a 1-up decision to Silvester. The elder Bell runs the PGA Tour stop at Bay Hill Country Club in Orlando.

Jimmy Bell posted a 2-and-1 victory over Gordon Burns Thursday morning.

In the afternoon, Silvester, playing a straight and steady game, took a one-hole lead with a 7-foot birdie putt on the 16th. Silvester bogeyed the 17th to even the match, but Bell three-putted for bogey on the 18th while Silvester made par.

"I bought a new set of clubs this year, but I went back to my old clubs this week," the 17-year-old Silvester said. "The new ones were too heavy."

"I bought a new spoon (3-wood) last week and it seems to go down the middle every time. That's the most important thing on this course."

Mark Muscato of Orchard Park Country Club was the only Western New Yorker in the quarterfinals. Muscato, only 15 and with a 7 handicap, was defeated by Parry. In the round of 16, Muscato defeated Pittsburgh's John Anderson, 3 and 2.

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