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Castro Reaches Round of 16 at U.S. Amateur

Aug. 25, 2006

ATLANTA – After going back-and-forth on the front nine, Georgia Tech’s Roberto Castro took control of his second-round match with Joseph Bramlett of Saratoga, Calif., on holes 13 and 14 and won going away, 3 and 2, Thursday at the U.S. Amateur Championship in Chaska, Minn.

Castro, an All-American from Alpharetta, Ga., continued to play solid golf at the Hazeltine National Golf Club. He has recorded nine birdies and is three-under-par over 32 holes in his two matches.

Castro will meet a familiar face Friday in the third round, 15th-seed Webb Simpson of Wake Forest, at 9:40 a.m. Eastern time. Third-round matches were postponed from Thursday after a four-hour weather delay Thursday morning. The winner will play a quarterfinal match at 2:45 p.m. Friday.

The Tech senior fell behind twice on the front nine Thursday, but squared the match each time with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9, holes he also birdied in his first-round match on Wednesday.

The match remained even through 12 holes before he regained the lead with a par at the par-3 13th, which Bramlett double-bogeyed. Castro went two holes up with a birdie at 14, then closed out the match with a par at 16.

The Golf Channel will provide coverage of Friday’s action from 4-6 p.m., and the matches can be followed live at www.usamateur.org.

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