Jordan Niebrugge knew what to say, he just hadn’t said the words in a while. When you go a few months without losing a tournament, handling defeat becomes even tougher.
Niebrugge lost his opening match at the 113th US Amateur on Wednesday to Seth Reeves, 1 up. His early exit from The Country Club is about the only blemish in what’s been a very successful summer: Victories in the US Amateur Public Links, Wisconsin Match Play, Wisconsin Amateur, and Western Amateur.
A plugged lie in the bunker on No. 16 dropped Niebrugge two holes down, and after he won the 17th with a must-have birdie, he found another plugged lie in another greenside bunker at No. 18. It prevented him from getting his third shot close, and when he failed to chip in from behind the green for his par, Reeves was able to win the hole and hand Niebrugge a rare 2013 defeat. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.