Scarsdale’s James Nicholas went from one extreme to the other Wednesday, advancing to the semifinals of the 98th Met Junior Championship at Paramount Country Club with a methodical 5-and-4 win over Jack Wall in the morning and then a laborious 19-hole victory over Bronxville’s Matthew Bettino in the afternoon.
“I played great in the morning, shot 32 on the front nine, and I think I made two more birdies on the back,” said Nicholas, who is heading for Yale in the coming weeks to play football and golf. “I played well, my putter was great for about 27 holes, then it let me down on the back nine of this final match. I have to get my putter going, because once it’s going, I play well.”
Nicholas plays Chris Yeom of New Hyde Park in the semifinals.
Rye’s James McHugh also moved into the semifinals, posting a 5-and-3 win over Michael Frizalone and then a 1-up win over White Plains’ Bobby DiForio Jr. He gets Ethan Ng of New York City in the semifinals Thursday morning.
“In the morning I thought I played pretty well,” McHugh said. “I hit it pretty well and made a couple putts, not as many as I would have hoped, but I was still pretty satisfied with how I played.”
(Photo of James Nicholas courtesy of the MGA.)