CHRYSLER AJGA BOYS INVITATIONAL
The Cardinal Golf & Country Club
June 10-14, 2002
LANGE CLOSES IN ON FIRST AJGA TITLE IN
Todd, Ureta fire 5-under-par 65s to jump into top five
heading into final round
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Brett Lange of Atlanta carded a
1-under-par 69 Thursday to regain the lead at the Chrysler
AJGA Boys Invitational, held at the par-70 Cardinal Golf &
Country Club. Lange, who was the medalist at Sunday's qualifier,
leads the field at 4-under-par 206 for the tournament.
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.
Lange, 16, started the day strong with back-to-back birdies
on Nos. 1 and 2 to retake the lead. After a bogey on No. 14,
Lange answered with a birdie on the 396-yard, par-4 15th to
move back to 1-under-par for the day.
"I chipped in for birdie on No. 2 and played solid
most of the rest of the day," Lange said. "My only
stupid play today was on No. 14 when I hit into the hazard.
I was able to get up-and-down for bogey on the hole, though,
and I came back strong with a good birdie on No. 15."
Lange (66-71-69-206) finished in the top 10 in four tournaments
last season, but has never led going into the final round.
"I played a lot smarter today," Lange said. "For
tomorrow, I just need to work on my putting, relax, and try
to be consistent."
Lange holds a two-shot lead over Brendon Todd of Cary, N.C.,
who fired the low round of the day with a 5-under 65. Martin
Ureta of Wesley Chapel, Fla., followed up a 1-under 69 yesterday
by matching Todd with a 65.
Todd, a 16-year-old senior-to-be who began the third round
in a tie for 19th, enters the final round in second place.
"I hit the ball much better off the tee today,"
said Todd, who has fired rounds of 69, 74 and 65. "I
never put myself in trouble, except for on No. 2, but I came
around and pulled off a par on that hole."
In Todd's four years of playing in an AJGA tournament at
The Cardinal Golf & Country Club, he had never birdied
No. 18. His luck on that hole changed today, making it one
of the five birdies he posted on the round.
Ureta, 16, continues to improve upon his scores each day,
shooting rounds of 75, 69 and 65. Ureta highlighted his round
by sinking a 40-foot eagle putt on the 545-yard, par-5 13th.
"I didn't really hit the ball very well on the first
few holes, but I drove the ball in the middle all day long,"
Ureta said. "On this course, though, you never know,
even if you hit the ball down the middle. You can still leave
yourself with some hard approach shots."
Todd and Ureta, who played together during the first two
rounds of the AJGA Greater Greensboro Chrysler Junior last
season, will join Lange to form the final pairing tomorrow.
Three other players finished the day in a tie with Ureta
for third place. Brett Stegmaier (72-71-66-209) of Madison,
Conn., Seung Su Han (76-65-68-209) of Chino Hills, Calif.,
and Brian Harman (68-67-74-209) of Savannah, Ga., each enter
Friday at 1-under for the tournament.
Final-round tee times will begin Friday, June 14, at 7:30
a.m. off of the No. 1 tee at The Cardinal Golf & Country
For more information on the Chrysler AJGA Boys Invitational,
contact tournament headquarters at (336) 668-2746, ext. 215,
or visit our Web site at ajga.org.