The Cardinal Golf & Country Club
Greensboro, N.C.
June 10-14, 2002

Olson in second place, one shot off the lead

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., fired a 3-under-par 67 Wednesday for a 36-hole total of 135 to take over the second-round lead of the Chrysler AJGA Boys Invitational at the par-70 Cardinal Golf & Country Club.

Erik Olson, a native of Renton, Wash., is in second place after shooting a 1-under-par 69 to sit at 4-under for the tournament. Brett Lange of Atlanta and Webb Simpson of Raleigh, N.C., are two shots off the lead in a tie for third.

The Chrysler AJGA Boys Invitational, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 99 players from 20 states, Canada, and Singapore, with nearly 20 percent of the field hailing from North Carolina. The inaugural 72-hole event, which runs Tuesday through Friday with no cut, includes 22 Polo Golf Junior All-Americans. Rocco Mediate, two-time champion of the PGA TOUR's Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, is serving as honorary chairman for the competition.

Harman, who carded four birdies yesterday, started his round with bogeys on Nos. 1 and 3. However, on the fourth, the 15-year-old turned his luck around by making a 40-foot putt for birdie.

"That birdie turned me around," said Harman, who hit 17 of 18 greens and finished with five birdies. "I was looking at going three over with this long putt (on No. 4), but I knocked it down. That really did a lot."

Olson, who will play golf next year for the University of Washington, made four birdies and three bogeys on the day. Olson started with a birdie on the first hole in both rounds.

"(Those birdies) made me feel that I could afford to give a shot," Olson said. "Once you get under par on this golf course, it's hard to stay there. But once you have that good shot, it's okay to hit a bad one."

Seung Su Han of Chino Hills, Calif., fired the low round of the day, a 5-under-par 65. Han, who was tied for 66th after yesterday's round of 76, moved into a tie for 12th. The 15-year-old carded five birdies for the day, including three in a row on Nos. 2, 3 and 4. On the 152-yard par-3 third, Han missed a hole-in-one by five inches.

"I was this close," said Han, motioning the distance with his fingers. "My iron shots got a lot better today. Yesterday, I was sick because of my allergies, and I couldn't breathe. But I'm feeling better today."

Jessie Mudd also had a stellar round, carding four straight birdies on the front nine and an eagle on No. 16 to finish at 74-66-140, five shots back. After bogeying the first two holes, Mudd made birdie putts of 12, 12, 15 and 18 feet on the next four holes. On the tough 16th, Mudd holed out a sand wedge from 97 yards for eagle.

"That's a tough pin," said Mudd about the hole location on No. 16. "Yesterday, my ball spun on the green down to the middle of the fairway. Today, I just tried to keep the spin off it."

Lange, one of the first-round leaders, shot a 1-over-par 71 to go 3-under for the tournament. Also sitting at 137 is Simpson, a Polo Golf Junior All-American, who shot a 1-under-par 69. Bill Gutknecht of The Woodlands, Texas, moved from first to fifth place after finishing with a 66-72-138.

Third-round tee times will begin Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 a.m. off of the No. 1 tee at The Cardinal Golf & Country Club.

For more information on the Chrysler AJGA Boys Invitational, contact tournament headquarters at (336) 668-2746, ext. 215.


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