JUSTIN LEONARD/DELOITTE & TOUCHE JUNIOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Northwood Club
Dallas, Texas
June 2-5, 2003

FRONT NINE KIND TO UNDERWOOD AND KNOLL
Barton, Edelman; Gerlich, Randle lead tight Boys Division

DALLAS--The team of Mallorie Underwood, of Montgomery, Texas, and Ashley Knoll, of The Woodlands, Texas, used a 6-under-par 30 on the front nine to remain three shots clear of the field after the second round of the Justin Leonard/Deloitte & Touche Junior Team Championship.

In the Boys Division, a flurry of birdies on the back nine vaulted the team of Jeff Gerlich and Michael Randle, both of Austin, Texas, into a tie for the lead. Gerlich and Randle finished with a 63 and are 10-under-par for the tournament. Jeffrey Edelman, of Southlake, Texas, and Scott Barton, of Dallas, will join Gerlich and Randle in the final group on Thursday after shooting 64.

The 54-hole team competition, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, is being conducted at the Northwood Club in Dallas, home of the 1952 U.S. Open. The field consists of 72 players representing 15 states, including 44 players from the state of Texas and 13 Polo Golf Junior All-Americans. The tournament contains two divisions consisting of boys and girls ages 13 to 18.

Wednesday's second round was played as a four-ball format. The format consisted of each player playing his/her own ball, with each team carding its lowest score.

Underwood and Knoll roared out of the gate, picking up a birdie on No. 1 and an eagle on the par-5 2nd, Northwood Club's No. 1 handicap hole. Knoll drained a putt from 25 feet, bringing the team to 3-under-par on the day after two holes.

"It was flowing well," Underwood said about the team's front nine.

The twosome recorded another eagle on the 386-yard, par-4 8th. It happened when Underwood found herself in the rough, 154 yards away.

"I didn't hit a very good drive; I was in the rough," Underwood said. "I knew I couldn't fly it to the green because it wouldn't hold it. So I ran it up there. We were watching it run up, and we saw it go in. We couldn't believe it."

The group finished with a 65 on the day after playing the back nine in even-par, collecting two birdies and two bogeys. Paula Creamer, of Pleasanton, Calif., and Taylor Leon, of Dallas, who are 10-under for the tournament, will complete the leader group. Creamer and Leon combined to score a tournament-low 63 on Wednesday; they also eagled the par-5 2nd.

Kate Ackerman, of Allen, Texas, and Lacey Jones, of Idabel, Okla., fired a 66 on Wednesday to move to 6-under-par for the tournament and stand alone in third.

Gerlich and Randle shook off a three-putt bogey on No. 9, found a groove and ripped off seven birdies on the back nine, including six consecutive from No. 12 through No. 17.

"We knew we could do well because we both like the back side better than the front side," Gerlich said. "We were trying to shoot 29 or 30, but 28 is even better."

Barton and Edelman played both nines with a score of 32 and recorded a two-day total of 132, 10-under for the tournament.

"It seemed like every time (Barton) would have a bad hole, I'd play all right, and every time he'd have a good hole, I'd be riding his back," Edelman said. "It was a good team match (Wednesday)."

However, the two leader groups have little room to breathe. Three teams are within two shots and eight teams sit within four shots. Chris Kirk, of Wookstock, Ga., and Brian Harman, of Savannah, Ga., lurking in third, one shot off the pace. The team of Charlie Holland, of Dallas, and Will Osborne, of Wichita Falls, Texas, as well as Jeremy and Jeff Frye, of Palestine, Texas, round out the top five, sit two shots behind.

A foursome, alternate shot format will be used in the final round on Thursday. Tee times will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 11:50 a.m. For more information on the Justin Leonard/Deloitte & Touche Junior Team Championship, call tournament headquarters at (972) 934-0544, ext. 105.

DALLAS -- Second-round results from the Justin Leonard/Deloitte & Touche Junior Team Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Northwood Club. Par Boys: 36-35-71, Girls: 36-35-71. Yardage: Boys 6793. Girls: 5887.

BOYS DIVISION

Scott Barton, Dallas, Texas
Jeffery Edelman, Southlake, Texas -68-64-132

Michael Randle, Austin, Texas
Jeff Gerlich, Austin, Texas -69-63-132

Chris Kirk, Woodstock, Ga.
Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. -69-64-133

Charlie Holland, Dallas, Texas
Will Osborne, Wichita Falls, Texas -69-65-134

Jeremy Frye, Palestine, Texas
Jeffrey Frye, Palestine Texas -69-65-134

Tarik Can, New York, N.Y.
Chad Wilcox, Peoria, Ariz. -68-67-135

Trent Leon, Dallas, Texas
Tyler Leon, Dallas, Texas -66-70-136

Ryan Henry, Broken Arrow, Okla.
Zac Reynolds, Edmond, Okla. -70-66-136

Martin Piller, Duncanville, Texas
Mark Conlon, Arlington, Texas -66-70-136

Colt Knost, Pilot Point, Texas
Harris Graham, Argyle, Texas -69-67-136

James Minahan, Spring, Texas
Russell Chabaud, Spring, Texas -69-68-137

Scooter Jefferson, Spring, Texas
Bronson Burgoon, The Woodlands, Texas -70-68-138

Mitchell A. Cohlmia, Tulsa, Okla.
Brett Myers, Broken Arrow, Okla. -69-69-138

Sam Owen, Dallas, Texas
Garrett Merrell, Dallas, Texas -69-69-138

Dos Goldsmith, McAllen, Texas
Blake Parks, Odessa, Texas -73-65-138

Trey Todd, Abilene, Texas
Jeremy Alcorn, Brownwood, Texas -72-69-139

Paul Haley, Dallas, Texas
Mike Lester, Dallas, Texas -70-69-139

Jack Freeman, Garland Texas
Brian Ault, Mesquite Texas -71-68-139

Matthew Van Zandt, Missouri City, Texas
Lance Lopez, Missouri City, Texas -71-69-140

Jake Creel, Dothan, Ala.
Brian Ricketts, Highland Village, Texas -74-67-141

Tyler Peglow, Marshalltown, Iowa
Kyle Ritchie, Bedford, Iowa -70-72-142

Ryan Hillstrom, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Cam Rogers, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. -71-72-143

David Dragoo, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ben Marsh, Paradise Valley, Ariz. -73-70-143

Bo Stover, East Lansing, Mich.
James Kurek, Lothian, Md. -72-76-148

GIRLS DIVISION

Mallorie Underwood, Montgomery, Texas
Ashley Knoll, The Woodlands, Texas -64-65-129

Taylor Leon, Dallas, Texas
Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif. -69-63-132

Kate Ackerson, Allen, Texas
Lacey Jones, Idabel, Okla. -70-66-136

Lauren Todd, Phoenix, Ariz.
Brooke Todare, Paradise Valley, Ariz. -68-69-137

Lila Barton, Dallas, Texas
Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif.-70-68-138

Whitney Sylvan, Columbia, S.C.
Whitney Myers, East Berlin, Pa. -69-70-139

Michaela Cavener, Ponca City, Okla.
Ali Griffin, Edmond, Okla. -72-67-139

Leslie Wall, Dallas, Texas
Kelley Louth, Victoria, Texas -71-70-141

Lauren Espinosa, Irving, Texas
Caney Hines, San Antonio, Texas -73-70-143

Jacquelyn Nemcik, College Station, Texas
Christa Spedding, Granbury, Texas -73-71-144

Emily Hoeper, Kansas City, Mo.
Alyssa Otero, Sante Fe, N.M. -74-74-148

Stephanie Hickerson, Dallas, Texas
Lindsay Adams, Dallas, Texas -81-78-159

 
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