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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Slavin moves on at U.S. Junior Amateur

By Scott Barboza

BB&N rising senior Dan Slavin accomplished his goal on Tuesday.

But the Newton, Mass. native knew entering the second round he’d have to pick up the pace if he was to advance to the match play round of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships, being held at Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, Mich.

“I just wanted to make match play,” said Slavin, who shot a second-round 72 to finish at 2-over in stroke play. “Usually, the scores are a bit higher. I thought I’d be good if I had two 74s, but then seeing the scores that were going up on the first day, I knew I’d need to hit around a 72 to be safe.”

After hitting his mark at 72, he lived to play another day and moved on to match play, which begins Wednesday.

“I think I hit the ball well today overall,” Slavin said during a phone interview from his hotel room Tuesday night. “I couldn’t hit a green on the front nine, but I was able to make four birdies on the back nine, so that helped.”

Slavin is set to tee off against Anthony Paolucci of Del Mar, Calif. this morning in match play.

Just missing the cut was Jamison Randall, of Cumberland, R.I., whose hard-luck 149 for the two rounds had him just outside the field of 64.