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Armstrong advances in a thriller

Josh Armstrong
Canberra's Josh Armstrong in action during the first round of matchplay at the US Junior Amateur

Canberra's Josh Armstrong is through to the round of 32 of the US Junior Amateur after a thrilling win over his first-round opponent at Flint Hills Golf Club in Wichita, Kansas.

The NSW state team member needed an extra hole to get past American Colin Bowles with the pair swapping the lead in the match several times.

The 17-year-old, who represents The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney, could only card two birdies and an eagle during the regulation 18, but sealed the match with a clutch birdie on the first play-off hole.

"I was all square thru nine. "I had to grit my teeth and made eagle on the par 5 11th which kicked me into gear," Armstrong said.

"On the extra hole which was the first, I missed my drive left and layed up to 105m, I hit it to about 15ft and rolled it in. It felt good," he said with a smile.

Armstrong progresses to the round of 32 which will be played tonight AEST. His opponent will be another American, Trent Phillips.

Sadly, Australia’s other two competitors were both defeated in the round of 64. Defending champion Min Woo Lee suffered a 2&1 loss to California’s Noah Norton, while Australian Junior champion Cameron John suffered a heart-breaking loss to another Californian, Aaron Chen, on the 19th hole.

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