U.S. Junior Amateur finals will pit N.Y.'s Liu vs. Kentucky's Thomas

Associated Press


Published: Friday, July 23, 2010 | 7:06 p.m.

Jim Liu of Smithtown, N.Y., will face Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky., on Saturday in the championship match of the U.S. Junior Amateur.

The 14-year-old Liu defeated fellow New Yorker Gavin Hall, from Pittsford, 1 up in the quarterfinals on Friday morning on the Classic Course at Egypt Valley Country Club. Liu then won his afternoon semifinal, 3 and 2, over 14-year-old Robbie Shelton of Wilmer, Ala.

The only lead Thomas had in his afternoon match was following the 19th hole, when he defeated Denny McCarthy of Burtonsville, Md. The 17-year-old Thomas beat Scott Wolfes of St. Simons Island, Ga., 2 and 1 in the quarterfinals.

Thomas was the only semifinalist to break par in the tournaments two qualifying rounds.