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Two victories vault Allred to top 16 in U.S.

Jason Allred got off to a successful start in match play at the 50thU.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square,Pa.

The 17-year-old Ashland golfer advanced to the third round of match playwith two victories Thursday as the 64-player field was cut to 16.

Allred led the field of 156 after the first day of qualifying and wasone of four players tied for second when the field was cut to 64 after 36holes of medal play.

Making it to the round of 16 equals his top performance in three otherappearances in the tournament.

It's the best junior tournament with the best players, saidAllred, so it's a lot of fun. Once you're in match play, no matchis easy, so you have to play well.

Allred defeated Ned Yetten, of Andover, Mass., 1-up ­ he was onehole ahead after 18 holes ­ in his first match of the day. He then posteda more comfortable, 4-3 victory ­ four holes up with three to play ­against Cortland Lowe, of Augusta, Ga.

Allred led Yetten 4-up after nine holes but experienced a letdown earlyon the backside. Yetten won the 15th hole to cut the deficit to one holebut never got any closer.

I was pretty fortunate to hold on, said Allred. I wasn'tplaying very well at the end.

In between matches, Allred got some moral support.

I gave my dad a call because I was playing terrible, he said.He gave me a little assurance. I really played well in the secondmatch.

Allred shot — under par on the 6,900-yard par 70 layout against Lowe.He led by two holes after four, but Lowe came back to tie the match goinginto the eighth hole. Allred birdied the 235-yard, par — eighth with a 30-footputt, then won the ninth with a par to go 2-up.

The players tied the first four holes on the back nine before Allredwon the 14th with par and birdied No. 15 to close out the match.

This course poses a good challenge, said Allred. Withthe rough at six inches, if you hit it off the fairway you're in troubleand the greens are really fast. It's really long for a par 70.

Allred plays Lucas Glover of Greenville, S.C. in the round of 16 today.If he wins, he will play a second match today. The semifinals and finalsare slated for Saturday.