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Jonathan Chang out in round of 32 at U.S. Amateur

Posted: August 14, 2014 10:21 p.m.
Updated: August 14, 2014 10:21 p.m.

The underdog story came to an end on Thursday for Jonathan Chang.

The 20-year-old Valencia High graduate was eliminated from the U.S. Amateur Championship in match play at the round of 32. He lost 5-and-3 to Denny McCarthy at the Atlanta Athletic Club Highlands Course.

McCarthy is a senior golfer at the University of Virginia and he’s the 36th ranked amateur in the world. Due to Chang’s limited tournament experience, he’s listed at 2,488th in the world.

Chang, a sophomore at Rutgers University, was playing the U.S. Amateur for the first time.

McCarthy won five of the first six holes of the day after Chang posted three bogeys and a double-bogey during that stretch.

Chang only won two holes on the day, but it was far too late to make up the early deficit.

This will still go down as a positive week for Chang, who was a long shot to make it this far against one of the toughest amateur fields in golf.

The tournament started with 312 competitors and was reduced to 64 golfers after two rounds of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday. Chang made the cut with a total score of 1-over 144. He then defeated Taylor Pendrith 4-and-2 in the first round of match play on Wednesday.


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