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Northwood Club
Dallas, Texas
June 2-5, 2003

Underwood, Knoll Take Commanding Lead in Girls Division

DALLAS-- The team of Mark Conlon of Arlington, Texas, and Martin Piller of Duncanville, Texas share a two-shot lead with the tandem of Tyler and Trent Leon of Dallas after the first round of the Justin Leonard/Deloitte & Touche Junior Team Championship. In the Girls Division, the duo of Mallorie Underwood of Montgomery, Texas, and Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas, fired a 7-under-par 64 to take a commanding four-shot lead after the first day of play.

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.

Past AJGA National Chairman Justin Leonard, fresh off an 11th-place finish at the Memorial, competed in the Junior-Am event on Monday, and made an appearance during the cookout festivities on Tuesday night.
Tuesday's first round was played as a team Modified Scotch format. The format consisted of each player hitting his/her own tee shot. Next, each competitor played his/her partner's ball. From there, the team chose which ball they wanted to play out. An alternate shot format was then used until the ball was holed.

In the Boys Division, Conlon and Piller fired a 5-under-par 66 along with the Leon brothers to claim a 2-shot lead over the team of Jeffrey Edelman of Southlake, Texas, and Scott Barton of Dallas. Chad Wilcox of Peoria, Ariz., and Tarik Can of New York City share the second place honors as well.

"I like the format, I can always bank on my brother. You can have a good time (playing) it and be aggressive with it," said the elder brother Tyler Leon regarding the unique team competition format.

"We made a 15-footer on the first hole for birdie and kind of relaxed and settled down after that," said Conlon. "It got us under par and where we wanted to be."

In the Girls Division, Underwood and Knoll carded eight birdies including a 20-foot putt on the 18th to cap off the scintillating 64. Lauren Todd of Phoenix, Ariz., and Brooke Todare of Paradise Valley, Ariz., trail the lead duo by four shots after firing a 3-under-par 68.

"We both hit the ball really well so we have confidence for the rest of the week," Knoll said. "We thought the format would be harder than it was, but it turned out to be pretty good."

A four-ball format will be used in the second round on Wednesday. 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 - First-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: 36-36-71. Yardage: Boys 6,793. Girls: 5,887.


Trent Leon, Dallas, Texas
Tyler Leon, Dallas, Texas -35-31-66

Martin Piller, Duncanville, Texas
Mark Conlon, Arlington, Texas -33-33-66

Scott Barton, Dallas, Texas
Jeffery Edelman, Southlake, Texas -35-33-68

Tarik Can, New York, N.Y.
Chad Wilcox, Peoria, Ariz. -34-34-68

Chris Kirk, Woodstock, Ga.
Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. -34-35-69

Charlie Holland, Dallas, Texas
Will Osborne, Wichita Falls, Texas -36-33-69

James Minahan, Spring, Texas
Russell Chabaud, Spring, Texas -36-33-69

Sam Owen, Dallas, Texas
Garrett Merrell, Dallas, Texas -36-33-69

Jeremy Frye, Palestine, Texas
Jeffrey Frye, Palestine, Texas -34-35-69

Colt Knost, Pilot Point, Texas
Harris Graham, Argyle, Texas -36-33-69

Mitchell A. Cohlmia, Tulsa, Okla.
Brett Myers, Broken Arrow, Okla. -36-33-69

Michael Randle, Austin, Texas
Jeff Gerlich, Austin, Texas -38-31-69

Scooter Jefferson, Spring, Texas
Bronson Burgoon, The Woodlands, Texas -36-34-70

Ryan Henry, Broken Arrow, Okla.
Zac Reynolds, Edmond, Okla. -36-34-70

Paul Haley, Dallas, Texas
Mike Lester, Dallas, Texas -35-35-70

Tyler Peglow, Marshalltown, Iowa
Kyle Ritchie, Bedford, Iowa -36-34-70

Ryan Hillstrom, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Cam Rogers, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. -36-35-71

Jack Freeman, Garland Texas
Brian Ault, Mesquite Texas -34-37-71

Matthew Van Zandt, Missouri City, Texas
Lance Lopez, Missouri City, Texas -35-36-71

Bo Stover, East Lansing, Mich.
James Kurek, Lothian, Md. -37-35-72

Trey Todd, Abilene, Texas
Jeremy Alcorn, Brownwood, Texas -36-36-72

Dos Goldsmith, McAllen, Texas
Blake Parks, Odessa, Texas -35-38-73

David Dragoo, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ben Marsh, Paradise Valley, Ariz. -39-34-73

Jake Creel, Dothan, Ala.
Brian Ricketts, Highland Village, Texas -38-36-74


Mallorie Underwood, Montgomery, Texas
Ashley Knoll, The Woodlands, Texas -33-31-64

Lauren Todd, Phoenix, Ariz.
Brooke Todare, Paradise Valley, Ariz. -35-33-68

Whitney Sylvan, Columbia, S.C.
Whitney Myers, East Berlin, Pa. -35-34-69

Taylor Leon, Dallas, Texas
Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif. -33-36-69

Kate Ackerson, Allen, Texas
Lacey Jones, Idabel, Okla. -38-32-70

Lila Barton, Dallas, Texas
Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif. -36-34-70

Leslie Wall, Dallas, Texas
Kelley Louth, Victoria, Texas -37-34-71

Michaela Cavener, Ponca City, Okla.
Ali Griffin, Edmond, Okla. -36-36-72

Jacquelyn Nemcik, College Station, Texas
Christa Spedding, Granbury, Texas -38-35-73

Lauren Espinosa, Irving, Texas
Caney Hines, San Antonio, Texas -37-36-73

Emily Hoeper, Kansas City, Mo.
Alyssa Otero, Sante Fe, N.M. -36-38-74

Stephanie Hickerson, Dallas, Texas
Lindsay Adams, Dallas, Texas -41-40-81