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Beljan sweats it out against Wainwright's hot putter

DULUTH, Ga. -- Charlie Beljan and Zac Reynolds each won two
matches Saturday to advance to the final of the U.S. Junior Amateur
Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Beljan, a 17-year-old from Mesa, Ariz., won the 16th and 17th
holes to beat Elliott Wainwright of Hillsborough, Calif., 2 and 1
in the semifinals on the Highlands Course. Wainwright, 17, was the
lone left-hander left in the tournament.

"He didn't hit the ball that well,'' Beljan said. "But he had
his short game. He can putt like nobody. On any putt under 30 feet,
I was just praying he wasn't going to make it.''

Earlier in the day in the quarterfinals, Beljan rallied from
2-down in the final three holes to beat Brian Harman in 21 holes.
The 15-year-old Harman, from Savannah, was the youngest player
remaining.

Reynolds, a 17-year-old from Edmond, Okla., won four consecutive
holes at one point to win 3 and 2 over co-medalist Tarik Can, 17,
of New York.

"To have a chance to be national champion is really cool,''
said Reynolds, the sports editor of his high school paper. "It's
something everyone thinks about. You want to win the U.S. Open,
well, this is our U.S. Open.''

Can, from the Douglaston in Queens, was one of two players under
par during stroke play on the 7,008-yard, par-70 course.

"It was a great match,'' Reynolds said. "And, it was the best
match I played. I needed every bit of it because Tarik played
well.''

In the quarterfinals, Reynolds won the 18th hole to win 2 up
over 15-year-old Joe Panzeri of Boise, Idaho; Wainwright beat Casey
Wittenberg of Memphis, Tenn., 3 and 2; and Can defeated Chanin
Puntawong of Bradenton, Fla., in 19 holes.