Eckroat falls in third round of U.S. Junior Amateur, Son advances

Austin Eckroat of Edmond made five bogeys and just one birdie in losing 4 and 3 to Wei Wei Gao in the round of 16 Thursday afternoon in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn.

Gao made nothing but pars in advancing to Friday’s quarterfinals.

Eckroat won five of the first six holes and easily dispatched Arjun Puri of India 7 and 5 Thursday morning in the round of 32.

In a first-round match Wednesday,  the Oklahoma State commit built a four-hole lead early and held on for a 4 and 2 victory over Brandon Mancheno of Jacksonville, Fla. Complete results are at

In the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, Yugeong Son, who lives in Norman but is listed as playing for her native Republic of Korea, survived a 20-hole third round match with Grace St.-Germain of Canada to reach Friday’s quarterfinal round.

Son, the two-time WOGA state amateur champion and Class 6A medalist, rolled into the third round Thursday morning with a 6 and 5 rout of Lois Kay Go of the Phillipines.

Son reached the second round with a 1 up victory over U.S. Curtis Cup player Mika Liu of Beverly Hills, Calif., on Wednesday.


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