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Can wins handily in first match-play competition

7/26/2002

DULUTH, Ga. -- Tarik Can of New York, the co-medalist
playing match play for the first time in his golf career, advanced
to the second round of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Can, the 17-year-old from Douglaston in Queens, beat Matt
Edwards of Henderson, Nev., 5 and 4 Thursday on the Atlanta
Athletic Club's par-70 Highlands Course.

Can was five holes up after six holes, but Edwards cut the
margin to three on the 12th hole. Can won the 13th hole with a
birdie and ended the match with a par on the 14th.

''I tried to keep it in the fairway and keep it on the greens
because this is the first time I've ever played match play,'' Can
said. ''My caddie really helped me out. He told me how it's a
putting match and the matches get tougher as they go along.''

Jarred Texter of Lancaster, Pa., the other co-medalist, dropped
a 2-up decision to Shane Sigsbee of McKinney, Texas.

Defending champion Henry Liaw of Rowland Heights, Calif., routed
Tom Guillebeau of Hockessin, Del., 8 and 6.

The second round of stroke play was completed Thursday morning,
with Can shooting a 69, and Texter a 70 to top the 64 match-play
qualifiers at 1-under 139.