Valdes moves on, but Whitsett upset at U.S. Junior Amateur
SHOAL CREEK, Ala. -- The top seed at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship moved on, but the defending champ was sent home in Wednesday's first-round matches.
Jorge Fernandez Valdes, the No. 1 seed, who led the stroke play portion with a 36-hole total of 5-under-par 139, needed a 25-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to advance over Cory McElyea.
Dom Bozzelli slowly pulled away on the fourth and fifth holes to beat defending champ Cory Whitsett 4-and-3. Whitsett was seeking to become the first player to repeat as champion since Tiger Woods did it in 1992-93.
Twenty-one of the 32 matches were completed before play was halted by darkness; play will resume Thursday morning.
Bobby Wyatt and Patrick Rodgers also won, as Wyatt beat Drew Preston 6-and-5 and Rodgers defeated Parker Clowers by the same score.
Tom Lovelady beat Dashiell Lindsell 6-and-5 and Julian Suri beat Richard Lamb 5-and-4.
Michael McGowan, the lone fully exempt player remaining, is still alive in the tournament. He and Bhavik Patel are deadlocked after 21 holes. McGowan was a quarterfinalist last year.
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