PINEHURST, N.C. — Nicholas Dunlap received the U.S. Junior Beginner Championship on Saturday at The Nation Membership of North Carolina, beating Cohen Trolio 3 and a pair of within the 36-hole last.
Dunlap, from Huntsville, Alabama, received three straight holes to take management and completed off Trolio, from West Level, Mississippi, with a par win on the par-3 thirty fourth.
In calm circumstances on the tree-lined Dogwood Course, Dunlap, 17, tied it with a birdie on the par-5 twenty seventh, took the lead with a par on the par-4 twenty eighth and made it 2 up with one other par win on the par-4 twenty ninth.
Trolio, 18, missed an opportunity to take the par-5 thirtieth when he pulled a 4-foot birdie putt left, and Dunlap elevated his result in three with a par win on the par-3 thirty first.
Trolio received the par-4 thirty third with a par after Dunlap drove into the right-side bushes, hit out sideways and could not get a 15-footer to fall for par. On the par-3 thirty fourth, Dunlap hit out of a greenside bunker to 2 toes for a conceded par, and Trolio missed a 10-foot par putt to finish the match.
In the midst of the match, Dunlap received the par-4 seventeenth with a birdie to take a 2-up lead, and Trolio rallied with birdie wins on the par-5 18th, par-4 twentieth and par-5 twenty third to take a 1-up lead.
Dunlap earned a spot subsequent 12 months within the U.S. Open at The Nation Membership in Brookline, Massachusetts. Dunlap and Trolio had already secured spots within the U.S. Beginner subsequent month at Oakmont earlier than the occasion started.
Dunlap’s caddie, Jeff Curl, is a former skilled participant and son of Rod Curl, the primary Native American to win a PGA Tour occasion (1974 Colonial).
Trolio, an incoming at LSU freshman, was a semifinalist within the 2019 U.S. Beginner at close by Pinehurst No. 2. He is the son of Previous Waverly Golf Membership head of instruction V.J. Trolio.