Ben Wong Reaches Quarterfinals at 71st U.S. Junior Amateur

Ben Wong, of Hong Kong China, enjoyed the largest margin of victory in the Round of 16

SPRINGFIELD, 20th July 2018, (HK Golfer News Wire) - Ben lost the second hole of his match to Jacob Bridgeman before winning eight of his next nine holes and ultimately prevailing, 7 and 6. That was likely a welcome respite from his Round-of-32 match in the morning, which took him 19 holes to dispatch Jolo Timothy Magcalayo, of the Philippines.

Ben Wong (won, 7 and 6, over Jacob Bridgeman), said

“Right before I went off [in the afternoon] I had kind of a mental picture for putting, a little better feel, a lot of confidence in it. So I went out there and I was aggressive, as I said, early on. With both matches, I was being aggressive, but this one in particular. I was just eyeing the flag.”

Ben Wong will face Cole Hammer on Friday morning’s quarterfinal, pitting co-champions of the last two U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships. Wong won the Four-Ball title in 2017 with Frankie Capan at Pinehurst No. 2. Cole Hammer won this year’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball co-champion with fellow U.S. Junior Amateur competitor Garrett Barber.