b'Bullfrog after the Three Dog Night song that was released two weeks after he was born.We had exchanged texts for a few months leading up to this and went over strategy, Romero said. We had two practice rounds and I met him on the range an hour and a half before each round.Anand opened qualifying with a 73 at Bandon Dunes before shooting 66 at Bandon Trails to reach match play. He defeated Miles Russell of Jacksonville Beach, Fla. in the round of 64 before losing to Clanton, 5 and 4 in the round of 32. At some point in the round I told Akshay, Lets put our heads up and enjoy the rest of whatever time we have left here and see how it goes, Romero said. I said Lets fire at pins and enjoy the rest of our time here because you are at Bandon Dunes for the U.S. Junior Amateur and you are going to remember this for the rest of your life, so lets make sure we have a good memory.Lozano left the week with a lifetime of memories.There are a lot of really good caddies here, and it could have been any of them matched up with Wenyi, said Lozano, a former college football player at College of the Redwoods who began working at Bandon Dunes in 2016 on the maintenance staff. I was blessed. I feel lucky because it was an incredible experience to have been part of winning the U.S. Junior Amateur as a caddie. IAfter the final match, caddieLozano (left) and Jeremiah Romero couldnt have asked for anything more. Wil Lozano and championare longtime caddies at the resort. In Two years ago, when the U.S. Amateur was held atWenyi Ding shared the spotlightthe championship, Romero caddied for Bandon Dunes, a local caddie gained national attentiontogether with the trophy. Akshay Anand of Issaquah, Wash., who when he touched the sand before his player, Segundomade it to the round of 32. Oliva Pinto, took a bunker shot on the 18th hole of a tied match in the round of 16. That created a penalty that forced Pinto to forfeit the hole and lose the match. said. Everyone asked me if there was a language barrier, I wanted to help restore the faith in caddies herebut honestly the hardest part was hearing him talking over because we have a lot of really good caddies, Lozanothe wind. It was incredible, a great kid and super, super said. Hopefully, this helps out the community of caddiestalented. It was just an awesome experience, I was happy we have and gives them respect. to be part of it. He was the one hitting the ball and I was just Ding led Surratt 8-up with eight holes to play beforetelling him where to go.losing five straight holes. He clinched the title when bothMore than half of the 264 best junior players from around the parred the 16th hole. world elected to have a local caddie on their bag for the week.The soft-spoken Ding and Lozano teamed up for 151Akshay never asked me anything about his swing, it holes in six days to capture the national title. was all local knowledge, Romero said. It was What is this We ended up getting comfortable with each othergoing to do? or What bounces am I going to get? On lag and learning how to work with one another, Lozanoputts, hed ask How much does this turn? He knew that SEPT 2022 |PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER19'