AJGA hp BOYS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort - Copperhead and Island Courses
Palm Harbor, Florida
July 27-August 1, 2003


LEON CLAIMS THE LEAD AT INNISBROOK WITH EVEN-PAR 214
Cohan one stroke back of lead at 1-over-par 215

PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Trent Leon of Dallas fired an even-par 71 Thursday on the Copperhead Course to gain a one-stroke lead at even-par 214 after the third round of the AJGA hp Boys Junior Championship.

The 72-hole stroke play event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 143 boys from 29 states and two foreign countries. The event is being held at the Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort, Copperhead and Island Courses. Past champions of the event include David Duval, Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods.

After admittedly struggling with his driver during the second round, Leon, 17, visited his golf instructor in Sarasota, Fla., to analyze his swing. With confidence under his belt, Leon returned to Innisbrook Thursday for the third round of play and moved into first place with 18 holes remaining.

"This course throws pressure on you," Leon said. "I was hitting it everywhere on the front nine, but on the back I found the tempo I needed. It's always fun and easy to play well with good players around you. I know I just need to put it in the fairways and onto the greens and I can make it easier on myself."

Looking back on the last three days, Leon said that he knows he will have to continue to play aggressive because of the stiff competition.

"This is going to be a close tournament," Leon said. "The course is so difficult that there won't be anyone shooting really low or having an insurmountable lead. Anything can happen out here."

The 17-year-old Adam Cohan of Wayne, Pa., finished his day at even-par 71 and sits one stroke back of the lead at 1-over-par 215. Cohan's three birdies were made possible in large part by a solid day with his irons.

"I hit a lot of great shots today," Cohan said. "I didn't get off to a good start today, but I came around on the back nine. I was hitting all of my irons well and I knew that if I could just get a good tee shot I would be in good shape. I hope to finish here well tomorrow, I would like to get a few points towards events like next year's Canon Cup."

Standing in a three-way tie for third place at 2-over-par 216 are Lance Lopez of Fresno, Texas, George Gandranata of Bradenton, Fla., and Mark Anderson of Beaufort, S.C.

Final-round tee-times will begin at 7:00 a.m. Friday on the Copperhead Course and conclude at 8:48 a.m. For more information on the AJGA hp Boys Junior Championship, contact tournament headquarters at (727) 942-2000, ext. 2889.

 
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Boys
1. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
2. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
3. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
Girls
1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
3. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
4. Alyaa Abdulghany
Newport Beach, Calif.
5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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Weekly Results
Rolex Tournament of Champions
Boys
Total
1
Davis Shore
134
2
Norman Xiong
139
3
Garrett Barber
140
Girls
Total
1
Yu Sang Hou
141
2
Paphangkorn Tavatanakit
142
3
Gina Kim
143
AJGA Junior at Owensboro
Boys
Total
1
*Robin Williams
206
2
Cooper Parks
206
3
Canon Claycomb
210
Girls
Total
1
Kanyanat Saithip
217
2
Kristin Engle
221
3
Yang Liu
225
St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior at The Bluffs
Boys
Total
1
*Cade Kiser
221
2
Pone Pyae Han
221
3
Kritchayapol Sinchai
222
Girls
Total
1
Hannah Levi
218
2
Beryl Wang
220
T
3
Brooke Tyree
222
T
3
Julia Johnson
222
Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Gavin Noble
206
2
Benjamin James
209
T
3
Jackson Rivera
212
T
3
Nathan Han
212
T
3
Christopher Vandette
212
Girls
Total
1
Phoebe Brinker
225
2
Jin Yu Wu
226
T
3
Emma Zhao
229
T
3
Brianna Park
229
AJGA Junior All-Star at Diablo Grande
Boys
Total
1
Brian Stark
210
2
Gunil Moon
214
3
Kristopher Stiles
216
Girls
Total
1
Yu Wen Lu
210
T
2
Natasha Andrea Oon
212
T
2
Therese Warner
212
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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