Butler High School graduate Austin Greaser tees off on the back nine of his second 18 holes at the US Open Championship Sectional Qualifier at the Springfield Country Club Monday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Butler’s Austin Greaser falls in U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinals

UPDATE 12:12 p.m., Friday

Vandalia-Butler graduate Austin Greaser’s run in the U.S. Junior Amateur ended Friday at the Inverness Club in Toledo.

Preston Summerhays beat Greaser 2-up in a quarterfinal match.

Greaser lead 3-up through 11 holes, but Summerhays birdied five of the final seven holes to take the match.

ORIGINAL REPORT

Vandalia-Butler graduate Austin Greaser won two matches Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Junior Amateur at Inverness Club in Toledo.

Greaser, the No. 19 seed, beat No. 51 Thomas Ponder, 1 up, and No. 30 Kento Yamawaki, 5 and 3. Greaser, 18, is the lone Ohioan left in the championship.

“It’s really cool to have this tournament in Ohio, only about two hours from my house,” Greaser told usga.org. “I’ve had people on the range say, let’s go Austin, let’s go, Greaser. They want to see an Ohio boy go far. It’s really exciting.”

Greaser, a North Carolina recruit, will face No. 11 Preston Summerhays at 7:16 a.m. The semifinals are set for Friday afternoon. The championship match is Saturday.

Moldovan’s defeat left Austin Greaser, the No. 19 seed, as the last player standing from the championship’s home state. Greaser, 18, hails from Vandalia, a suburb of Dayton. He got to the quarterfinals with victories over No. 51 seed Thomas Ponder (1 up) and No. 30 Kento Yamawaki (5 and 3).

“It’s really cool to have this tournament in Ohio, only about two hours from my house,” said Greaser, who will attend the University of North Carolina in the fall. “I’ve had people on the range say, let’s go Austin, let’s go, Greaser. They want to see an Ohio boy go far. It’s really exciting.”

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