Riley 1-Up Over Scheffler Midway Through Junior Amateur Final

Scottie Scheffler finds himself a hole down to Davis Riley going into the afternoon 18 of the U.S. Junior Amateur final. (USGA/Steve Gibbons)
By Brian DePasquale, USGA
July 27, 2013

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Davis Riley, 16, of Hattiesburg, Miss., has a 1-up lead over Scottie Scheffler, 17, of Dallas, after the morning 18 holes of the scheduled 36-hole final at the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at the 7,740-yard, par-72 Martis Camp Club.

The afternoon round begins at Noon PDT. The Golf Channel will broadcast the championship live from 1-3 p.m. PDT.

Riley, the fifth seed from qualifying, took advantage of his opponent’s mistakes to build a 3-up lead on the outward nine. Scheffler hit his approach shot to the left of the first hole, leading to a double bogey. Riley made winning pars at Nos. 5 and 6 when Scheffler found trouble. The native Texan missed a 7-foot par putt at the par-4 sixth.

Scheffler, who is playing in his fourth U.S. Junior Amateur, captured the next two holes. His third shot on the par-5 seventh settled within tap-in range for a birdie. Riley was short of the green on the par-3 eighth, but failed to get up and down for par.

Riley won No. 11 with a par to grab a 2-up lead, but was short of the green on the par-4 12th and eventually conceded a 9-foot birdie putt to Scheffler. The players traded birdies on Nos. 13 and 14. Riley sank a 5½-foot putt from below the hole, before Scheffler drilled an uphill 24-footer at the par-3 14th. The finalists halved the next four holes, including two birdies on No. 18.

For the first 18, Riley shot the equivalent of 3-under 69, with the usual match-play concessions, while Scheffler carded a 71.

The U.S. Junior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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