Two locals eliminated in USGA junior play

Two Philadelphia area players were eliminated Thursday afternoon in the third round of match play competition in the junior championships being conducted by the U.S. Golf Association.

Zachary Herr of New Hope, the No. 47 seed, lost 3 and 2 to second-seeded William Starke of Chapin, S.C., in the U.S. Junior Amateur at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. The two players were all square after nine holes, but Starke won the 10th, 13th and 14th holes with birdies and closed out the match on 16.

On Thursday morning, Herr knocked off Aaron Kunitomo of Lahaina, Hawaii, 3 and 2, in the second round.

Meanwhile, in the U.S. Girls Junior championship at Olympia Fields outside of Chicago, Aurora Kan of Boothwyn fell 5 and 3 to 14th-seeded Summar Roachell of Conway, Ark. After Kan won the first hole, Roachell took four consecutive holes from the fourth through the seventh to go 3-up and stayed in control the rest of the match.

Kan, the 35th seed, had reached the third round by defeating Stephanie Liu of St. Albans, Mo., 2 and 1, Thursday morning.

--Joe Juliano