Andrew Orischak led the US Junior Amateur by five holes with just eight to play in the match play format in South Carolina on Saturday.
“It’s certainly the biggest senior tournament outthere and also to win it means a whole lot”, Barbaree stated. “It says a lot about how much I’ve been practicing for this and how hard I’ve been working for this”. Three years ago at Golf Club of New Hampshire, Andy Hyeon Bo Shim overcame a five-hole deficit to beat Jim Liu 4 and 3.
Orischak, through his dad, made a deal with Sonders earlier in the tournament whereby she would agree to go to his Hilton Head-area high school prom if he won the championship on Saturday.
It was an up-and-down kind of weekend for 16-year-old Andrew Orischak. He was going to win!
That’s obviously a tough way to lose – but seriously, who could blame the kid if he got a little ahead of himself? Lowe responded by winning hole No. 12 and No. 15, to pull within two, but Barbaree claimed hole No. 17 and with it the match.
He made that bet before his quarterfinal match, which he won.
Orischak advanced to the final Friday, beating Eugene Hong of Sanford, Florida, 3 and 2.
The field at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship started with 156 and was whittled down to 64 after two rounds of stroke play.