JUSTIN LEONARD/DELOITTE JUNIOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP Northwood Club Dallas, Texas June 28 â€“ July 1, 2004
SCHULTZ & LEON SHOCK FIELD WITH 6-UNDER-PAR 65 TO WIN AT NORTHWOOD Barton & Burlison take Girls Division honors handily
DALLAS â€“ Kevin Schultz of Richardson, Texas, and Trent Leon of Dallas, started the day five shots back, but ended it strolling in with a 6-under-par 65, good enough for a five-stroke win Thursday in the final round of the Justin Leonard/Deloitte Junior Team Championship. In the Girls Division, a pair of 14-year-olds, Lila Barton of Dallas, and Sydney Burlison of Monterrey, Calif., coasted through the final round, shooting a 5-over-par 76 for an nine-stroke win.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Justin Leonard/Deloitte Junior Team Championship was held at Northwood Club in Dallas, the site of the 1952 U.S. Open. The 54-hole event featured 72 players from 11 states and Mexico, including 48 players from Texas.
The players competed in an alternate shot format, under which one player hits a tee shot and the players alternate shots until the ball is holed. The players on each team split the tee shots evenly, assigning one player to the even-numbered holes and the other player to the odd-numbered holes.
Schultz and Leon knew they would have to put together an impressive round to catch last yearâ€™s defending champions, Will Osborne of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Charlie Holland of Dallas, who led the eventual champions by five strokes after two rounds. After shooting a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine, Schultz and Leon birdied four of the first five holes on the back nine to take command as Osborne and Holland struggled.
â€śWe needed to get off to a good start and we did,â€ť Schultz said. â€śWe knew we had to bust out and go low with a lot of teams close together and Will and Charlie playing well at the top.â€ť
Schultz and Leon finished with a tournament total of 199, and Osborne and Holland carded a 3-over-par 74 to finish second at 203. The win was the third in an AJGA event for Schultz, 17, but the first for Leon, 18, who said the Justin Leonard/Deloitte Junior Team Championship could be his last AJGA event.
â€śIt would be a good way to end it,â€ť Leon said. â€śIâ€™ve come close many, many times, and itâ€™s nice to get a win like this.â€ť Jeff Gerlich and Michael Randle, both of Austin, Texas, shot a 3-under-par 68 for the third-straight day to finish third with a tournament total 204. Christopher Ward of McKinney, Texas, and Jordan Cox of Redwood City, Calif., along with Jon McLean of Weston, Fla., and Tom Miles of Dublin, Ohio, finished in a tie for fourth at 206.
In the Girls Division, Barton and Burlison started their round with a bogey on No. 2 and a double bogey on No. 3, but nabbed birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 to steady the ship and maintain a comfortable lead for the remainder of the day.
â€śWe had kind of a rough start,â€ť Barton said. â€śWe just tried to laugh it off and play our best, and eventually it came together for us.â€ť
â€śOnce we made the turn we figured all we had to do was make pars,â€ť Burlison said. â€śWe just tried to play safe and stay consistent.â€ť
Sisters Sarah and Andrea Zwartynski of Allen, Texas, shot 77 in the final round for a tournament total of 222, and Katy Barrett of Las Vegas, and Brooke Todare of Paradise Valley, Ariz., finished third with a tournament total of 224.
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