Barrett falls in round of 16 at U.S. Amateur
Chelso Barrett, shown during the NHGA Stroke Play Championship earlier this month, saw his run at the U.S. Amateur come to an end Thursday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Thursday, he departed Brookline, Mass., as one of the top 16 amateur golfers in the nation.
Barrett, of Surry, eliminated Justin Shin of British Columbia, 4 and 3, in the round of 32 Thursday morning, but was ousted in the round of 16 by Adam Ball of Richmond, Va., 6 and 5, during their afternoon match.
Ball is a three-time Virginia Golf Association Junior Golfer of the Year and was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally in the Golfweek U.S. Junior Rankings in 2011 when he won seven major tournaments and finished runner-up five times that season.
He bogeyed holes 2, 4 and 5 to quickly fall two holes back and lost hole 6 when Ball converted a birdie on the par-4 hole.
Ball’s lead swelled to 4-up when he also birdied the par-3 seventh hole.
In the morning match win against Shin, Barrett captured four consecutive holes on the front nine for a 4-up lead after eight holes. He won holes 5 (par), 6 (birdie), 7 (par) and 8 (par) and held a 3-up lead after 10 holes.
Shin finished his match with a seven-over-par. Barrett with two birdies, four bogeys, one double bogey and eight pars, ended up carding a 4-over-par score.