Team Canada Amateur Squad’s Hugo Bernard cruised to victory in his round-of-64 match at the U.S. Amateur at The Rivieria Country Club, in Palisades, Calif., defeating John Hilliard Catanzaro (Gadsden, Ala.) 4 and 3 to advance to the round-of-32.
The Mont-St-Hilaire, Que., product got off to a strong start winning first four of the first five holes to hold a 3-up lead.
After Catanzaro battled back to 1-down heading to the back nine, Bernard, closed him out by winning holes No. 11, 12, and 14 before halving the fifteenth when Catanzaro was dormie.
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Bernard will play No. 52 seed Will Zalatoris (Plano, Tex.) at 9:45 a.m.
Last week at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship Bernard played in the last group during the final round, but fell short of defending his 2016 title firing a 2-over-par 72 to finish in a tie for fourth.
Montreal’s Joey Savoie lost 2-down in the round-of-64 to the 2017 Canadian Men’s Amateur champion Zach Bauchou (Forest, Va.).
The third Canadian to advance to the round-of-64 Richmond, B.C., native Chris Crisologo lost 4 and 3 to the No. 1 seed Hayden Wood (Edmond, Okla.).
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