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Burns' run at U.S. Amateur ends, but not without fight

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Johns Creek, GA - Shreveport’s Sam Burns saw his run at the U.S. Amateur Championship outside Atlanta come to an end Thursday, but not without quite a fight.  The number one amateur in the world, Ollie Schneiderjans, who was the ACC Player of the Year at Georgia Tech, birdied three of the first four holes to go three-up in the match right out of the gate, but Burns would not quit.  He trimmed it to two-down at the turn, but later was three down with four to play when he put on a charge that sent the match to extra holes. Burns would miss a putt to win at 19, then lose in 20 holes.. and playing number one in the world did not phase him.

"You just got to put that aside. It's you versus him then, put aside the rankings because they don't really matter at that point. So just go out there and play my game.  It was almost good enough to win.  Got close so I think it was a good learning experience for me."  Burns believes he grew as a player this week.

"Oh tremendous. Any time there's a tournament and you play well or lose a match and get close like that it just helps you mentally. Especially there's tons of people out there watching so there's a lot of pressure and it's nerve-wracking at times, so I think exposure to that will make me better."  The experience is one of the best Burns has ever had in his young golf career.  "Oh it was incredible.  Especially having my brother on the bag.  We're really close, so really special and neat for him to be there and just a lot of good memories I'll look back on for the rest of my life.  So, to go ouyt there and take the number one ranked amateur in the world to 20 holes is no disappointment for me."

Burns will next play at the junior players championship at Sawgrass in two weeks and in the Junior Ryder Cup in Scotland next month, all while starting to squeeze his senior year at Calvary in there too.
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