Perry edged in New Jersey at U.S. Junior Amateur

Santa Barbara High’s Jack Perry challenged top-ranked junior golfer Jordan Spieth on Thursday at the the U.S. Junior Amateur, taking the Texan to a playoff in the round of 32 of match play at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey.

“My goal is to win the Junior Amateur,” Perry told Kevin Klavon of the USGA. “And if not, give [my opponent] a run for his money and not let him walk all over me. … I’m not upset.”

On Wednesday, Perry rallied from being 2 down to beat Grayson Murray of Raleigh, N.C. in a playoff. He won on the second playoff hole by sinking a 15-foot birdie putt. He needed to knock down a clutch 10-footer on the 18th just to stay alive in the match.

The Trump National Golf Club is a 7,099-yard, par-72 course in Bedminster, N.J.