NEWCASTLE golfer Blake Windred relinquished a three-shot lead to be knocked out of the US Amateur at the round of 64 for a second straight year.
Windred was three up against US opponent John Park after the opening five holes of match play before eventually going down three-and-one at North Carolina's Pinehurst Resort and Country Club on Thursday (AEST).
The 21-year-old lost four holes in a row between six and nine before missing out at 15 and 17 as well.
Windred, who had earlier been tied 12th at one over after rounds of 67 and 74 during the stroke play section of the tournament, was philosophical about both the most recent result and performance.
"I'm disappointed, but I played great golf today," the Novocastrian told Golf NSW media.
"I shot even-par around this course and still got beat.
"My opponent played really great golf. He would've beaten most people today.
"I'm better than I was last week, so plenty of good signs if I look at the big picture."
Fellow Australians Jack Trent and Karl Vilips have progressed to Friday's round of 32.
Austin Squires, from the US, also advanced after finishing two up against No.1 seed Brandon Wu.
Earlier that same day, Squires survived a three hour and 46 minute play-off to determine the final three spots in the round of 64.
Twenty seven players took part in the play-off, which lasted four holes.