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Flores falls in Amateur

Erik Flores’ climb to the top of the nation’s amateur youth golf scene took a detour Thursday.

The Grass Valley standout cruised through the first two rounds of the 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur Championships at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, but came up short with a third-round loss to Timothy McKenney of Scottsdale, Ariz.

The six-day event teed off Monday with 36 holes of stroke play over two days. The top 64 then advanced to the six-round, match-play portion of the tourney.



Flores, who was one of 23 Californians to make the cut for the championships, opened the second phase of the tourney on a bright note with a 4 and 3 victory over 2002 American Junior Golf Association Player of the Year, Sueng-Su of Korea Wednesday.

He then bounced Ellicot City, Maryland’s Ji Moon 3 and 2 Thursday to set up a showdown with McKenney.




McKenney dispatched Flores, 3 and 2.

McKenney then fell to Korea’s Sung Kang 4 and 3 in a Friday quarterfinal.

Sihwan Kim of Fullerton will square off with David Chung of Fayetteville, N.C. for the title Saturday.

A total of 3,184 entrants – all of whom were 17 and under – were given the nod to enter the championships.


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