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Junior golf medalists pass first match-play test

Co-medalists Keegan Vaugh and Nicolas Quintero and the lone local qualifier for the championship flight survived first round matches Wednesday in the 66th annual International Junior Masters Tournament at the East Aurora Country Club.

The afternoon match play round was suspended around 6:45 p.m. and some greens and low-lying areas of the EACC course became flooded. It meant that seven of the 16 matches in the Championship Flight were not played to the ultimate conclusion and winners were determined as per USGA rules.

The weather problems put a bit of a damper on what started out as an excellent day of golf. The Championship flight cut was 152.
"We had a lot of low scores and the cut at 152 was the lowest anyone could remember," said tournament director Jeff Kamien. The cut was 156 last year.

Vaugh, who will be a junior in the fall at Myrtle Beach High in South Carolina, shot 4-under 31 on his second round of medal play Wednesday morning then finished the back nine with par golf for a 67."
Tying with Vaugh was first-day co-leader Quintero of Colombia, who added a 2-under 69 to his opening round 70.
One stroke back was Matt Turner of Gloucester, Mass. who will be a freshman at Dartmouth. He also shot 67, birdying the last three holes to nearly overtake the leaders after shooting 74 on Tuesday. Turner already has qualified for the USGA Junior Amateur next month at Baltusrol in New Jersey.
Andrew LaCongo of Holland, the lone local to make it to the 32-player Championship Flight, qualified 15th with 73-75-148. In match play he took out Trent Zorgdrager of Stratford, Ont., 1-up in 19 holes.

Ryan Hart, who won his first-round match, 2 up in 12 holes, over Bennett Ruby of Waterloo, Ont., is listed as coming from Naples, Fla. He is the son of PGA Pro Dudley Hart, a Rochester native who has made his home in Clarence.

Vaugh was one of seven who made the Championship flight for the second year in a row. He lost his first match a year ago but went on to win the Platinum or consolation flight. Three of the other Championship flight qualifiers from 2017 lost their first matches on Wednesday.

Quintero needed a par-four on No. 18 after a bogey on No. 17 to save his share of medal honors with Vaugh. He finished with a 69 for his 139.

Jeremy Summerson of Victor and Matt Singer of New York City, who tied with Quintero on Tuesday share the first day medal made it to the Championship flight. Summerson, however, lost to Ryan Sabo of Burlington, Ont., 6 and 4. Singer trimphed 1 up over Matthew Ferrari of Croton on Hudson, 1 up in 15 holes.



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